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Metropolitan Affairs Coalition Driving Economic Growth Through Collaboration

The Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) is a unique nonprofit made up of business, labor, government and education leaders working together to build consensus and seek solutions to regional issues.

The Coalition has a 59-year history of promoting regional cooperation and dialogue, advancing policies and programs that enhance economic vitality and quality of life. With its partner organization Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), and the diverse perspectives of its members, the Coalition is uniquely positioned to be a catalyst for change.

The Coalition promotes bipartisan consensus on economic development, infrastructure, environment, education and effective government. Recent topics have included immigration reform and ballot access issues. Led by co-chairs U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12), Mark Gaffney of Teamsters Local 214, and John Rakolta Jr. of Walbridge, MAC’s coalition-based model of civility and collaboration ensures that differences are heard and respected, with all sectors, points of view, and political ideologies represented.

“The economic challenges of the last decade have contributed to more stress on our institutions and heightened partisanship. In many cases, this has led to political gridlock and citizen distrust and apathy. MAC helps to promote cooperation, collaboration, and find common ground solutions that benefit the region – with everyone at the table,” said Susan Krichbaum, vice president of the Coalition.

This summer, the Coalition collaborated with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) on an education report and framework that calls for increasing investment, access and equity in education; and developing strategies for preparing students for the transition to postsecondary education.

Editor’s note: This article was submitted by the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition as part of a call for nominations for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s “Champions of Civility.” To nominate an individual, partnership or coalition, visit