Enhancing Our Quality of Life

  • Our state’s infrastructure challenges are serious and wide-ranging, and we need to act with urgency to improve our infrastructure systems and make Michigan an even better place to live.

    In March 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder created the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission. The Commission developed a list of 110 solutions to improve Michigan’s infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for all Michiganders.

    Improved infrastructure systems mean healthier communities, better-paying jobs, and a stronger foundation for our kids in every region of the state. But if we keep waiting, the cost to update Michigan’s infrastructure and ensure a high-quality of life for years to come will only become more expensive.

    The 21st Century Infrastructure Commission worked diligently to provide a long-term infrastructure strategy that addresses Michigan’s needs for the next 30-50 years in the areas of transportation, water, sewer, stormwater, wastewater treatment and drainage, energy, and communications.  You can view the Commission's report below.

More Information

  • Executive Order 2016-5

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  • Press Release about the Commission

  • PDFs of the report:

  • 21st Century Infrastructure Commissioners

    * Appointed by the Governor:

    • *Dr. Janice Beecher, Haslett

      Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University

    • *Roger Blake, Berkley

      Regional Vice President of Government and Education Solutions at AT&T

    • *Bob Daddow, Rochester

      Deputy County Executive of Oakland County

    • *Eric DeLong, Grand Rapids

      Deputy City Manager for the City of Grand Rapids

    • *Carl English, Bingham Farms

      Retired as Senior Vice President of Consumers Energy

    • *Joi Harris, West Bloomfield

      Vice President of Gas Operations for DTE Gas, DTE Energy's natural gas utility

    • *Ben LaCross, Lake Leelanau

      Owner of North Shore Orchards, and VP of the Leelanau Horticulture Society

    • *Gavin Leach, Marquette

      Vice President of Finance and administration at Northern Michigan University

    • *Mike Nystrom, East Lansing

      Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association

    • *Evan Pratt, Ann Arbor

      Drain Commissioner for Washtenaw County

    • *Doug Rothwell, Ann Arbor

      President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan

    • *Brian Steglitz, Ann Arbor

      Vice President of the American Water Works Association and Manager of Water Treatment Services for the City of Ann Arbor

    • *Helen Taylor, Okemos

      State Director of the Nature Conservancy

    • *Louis Taylor, Saginaw

      Engineering Services Manager for WadeTrim

    • *Evan Weiner, Franklin - Chair

      COO and Executive Vice President of Edw. C. Levy Co.

    Legislative Appointees:

    • Mike DeVries, Grand Rapids

      Senate Majority Leader's Appointee

    • Ronald Brenke, Perry

      Senate Minority Leader's Appointee

    • Brian Mills, St. Johns

      Speaker of the House's Appointee

    • Beverly Watts, Detroit

      House Minority Leader's Appointee

    Department directors include:

    • Kirk Steudle, Director of the Department of Transportation
    • Heidi Grether, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality
    • Jamie Clover Adams, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
    • David Behen, Director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget
    • Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    • Keith Creagh, Director of the Department of Natural Resources
    • William Moritz, Department of Natural Resources
    • Valerie Brader, Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy
    • Sally Talberg, Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission