South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is the collection of MPOs in all of South East Michigan responsible for created plans and strategies to improve South East Michigan’s living conditions [2]. Created in 1968, this organization is supposed to come up with creative solutions to problems, promote the use of tax dollars to go towards necessary infrastructure changes for a more effecient government [2]. The people on this council, who are voting members are people who were elected by their respective districts. Although there are 3 general assembly meetings per year, a majority of the work gets done by the executive committee, which generally meets once a month [2].

There are many committees that the members of this council sit on: Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC), Regional Clearinghouse Review Committee (RC2), Bylaws and Legal Committee, and Finance and Budget Committee [2]. The TCC is motivated by the long-range transportation plan and the Transportation Imporvement Program in order to attain long-term goals in the public transportation of SouthEast Michigan [2].

The South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is responsible for much of the regional planning of Detroit. Interested in sustaining the region’s infrastructure, SEMCOG hosts committee meetings to explore opportunities to improve their collaboration and coordination efforts. As a focused group of people, they are part of the Transportation Improvement Program and diligently work on projects that are planned until 2018.

Fig. 1, SEMCOG building. Source: Google Earth [1]
These projects are funded from the federal government and as part of the region’s Transportation Improvement Program, they are currently assembling a list of infrastructure projects in order to expand on Michigan’s plans for water, sewer, electric, and natural gas. Every project is assembled onto a single list that is distributed to service providers, in which they are fully aware of what is going on around them. The single list of projects seeks to avoid conflicts and help the coordination and collaboration skills between SEMCOG and the service providers, but also to look for key opportunities in which service providers can collaborate among each other and find a solution which costs less money.            

The goals of SEMCOG are to reduce the cost of infrastructure projects, promoting education, redesigning revenue collection systems, and much more. While they are hard-working, some of the economic decline that Detroit faces can be unpredictable and throw off their plans. “The unprecedented demographic and economic changes that have taken place in Southeast Michigan over the last decade, combined with the aging of the infrastructure system and the decline in available revenue to maintain it, have led to an infrastructure crisis in our region. Roads are deteriorating at an alarming pace and the vast majority of our water and sewer infrastructure is over 50 years old — well past its useful life.” [1]

Works Cited

  1. “Infrastructure.” Infrastructure. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2016. <;.
  2.  “SEMCOG” SouthEast Michigan Council of Governments.(2016). Web. 24 Feb 2016. Retrieved from

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  1. Google Earth, URL:,+the+Southeast+Michigan+Council+of+Governments/@42.3316321,83.0470327,3a,75y,307.56h,96.67t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sWHf8_honn2tk67M-xUkZPg!2e0!!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x883b2d254b9bac5d:0x71f920b8050dec5c!6m1!1e1?hl=en