U-M in Partnership with the Community

Alternative Parking Arrangements

During periods of reconstruction of Ann Arbor parking structures; customers, owners, and employees are inconvenienced by the loss of their regular or preferred parking.

The University of Michigan (U-M) has worked extensively with respective merchant associations, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to provide alternative parking and transportation options for these patrons.

The options include providing access to U-M parking structures during periods of reduced use by U-M staff, Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Washtenaw County hosts more than 2.5 million visitors each year. The University of Michigan (U-M) is a contributing partner with the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AAACVB) in its successful efforts to promote the area. AAACVB and U-M event planners collaborate to insure a quality experience for visitors. Many of the campus cultural production events are featured in the AAACVB’s advertising and attraction efforts. For more information visit: visitannarbor.org

Ann Arbor Art Fair

The annual Ann Arbor Art Fair is actually a collection of four fairs that is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of patrons every July. Direct University of Michigan (U-M) participation varies. U-M Art School students are provided display space. A large numbers of booths border the Central Campus Diag and U-M property is often used to accommodate ancillary services such as electrical generation, parking spaces for artists or educational activity areas. The Michigan Union keeps art patrons well fed through its array of food providers who occupy space in front of the building and on adjoining walkways. U-M is pleased to join other community partners in making the small sacrifices, like changing transportation routes or altering delivery schedules that contribute to making the Ann Arbor Art Fair a quality event. For more information visit: artfairs.visitannarbor.org

Disaster Preparedness in Washtenaw County

Should a toxic disaster strike anywhere in Washtenaw County, the Occupation Safety & Environmental Health (OSEH) and the University Health System - Emergency Department, have established a disaster preparedness system to respond to emergency situations resulting in large numbers of victims contaminated by toxic materials. For more information visit: oseh.umich.edu

Donating Historic Properties

The University of Michigan (U-M) has saved or donated a number of historic Ann Arbor homes. For example, the Tuomy House, built in 1854, and its property were donated to the Michigan Historical Society in 1982. The Kellogg-Warden, built in 1835, was donated to the Washtenaw County Historical Society. Funding was also provided to assist in moving it from Wall Street to it current location on Main Street. Another house, the Burnham House built in 1837, was moved from Wall Street to the Nichols Arbortetum for use as a public interpretive center. U-M has also offered old housed for sale before they are demolished

Economic Impact and Payments

University of Michigan (U-M) payroll and purchases together with student and visitor expenditures all support area businesses. The 28,000 U-M employees and 36,000 U-M students combine for an economic impact of more than $3 billion dollars in the greater Ann Arbor area. The payroll distributed to employees residing in Washtenaw County exceeds $1.1 billion and purchase orders written to vendors total nearly $150 million. U-M also expends substantial sums on City of Ann Arbor services, including more than $5 million on water and sewer.

Fire Station

Fire protection for the northeastern portion of the City of Ann Arbor and University of Michigan (U-M) North Campus is enhanced by the city staffed fire station provided by U-M on Beal Avenue near Plymouth Road. The fire station is on U-M property and is offered for Ann Arbor Fire Department use without charge. The University has assumed complete responsibility for maintenance as well as the utilities associated with the operation of the facility.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Database

The University of Michigan (U-M) and the City of Ann Arbor have enjoyed the detailed land use and building and property information via the recently updated Geographic Information System (GIS) Database. U-M contributed a proportional amount toward the costs of establishing and updating this highly sophisticated system of land museums, festivals, special collections and sporting use information. The database, located at City of Ann Arbor offices, is used by both the City of Ann Arbor and U-M in numerous applications involving site construction, utilities, and transportation. For more information visit: a2gov.org

Occupational Safety

University of Michigan Occupational Safety and Environmental (OESH) health staff works with the Ann Arbor Fire Department staff on familiarizing firefighters with confined spaces located on U-M campus. Confined spaces are work places with limited or restricted entries and exits, such as tunnels, tanks or vaults. For more information visit: oseh.umich.edu

Polling Place in the Michigan Union

University of Michigan (U-M) students and other City of Ann Arbor residents in the campus area; can cast their ballot in any municipal, state, or federal election in the polling place in the Michigan Union. U-M is pleased to provide this convenient location in the interest of encouraging the broadest possible voter participation.

Road Repairs

The University of Michigan (U-M) has teamed with the City of Ann Arbor to repair and repave a number of roads and parking lots throughout the community. U-M has contributed to repaving areas of State Street, Stadium Boulevard and Main Street, among other roadways.


S.A.F.E.WALK is a University of Michigan (U-M) campus accompaniment service that functions as an alternative to walking alone on the U-M campus at night. Coordinated by staff at the U-M Police Department, this service is free of charge and available to all members of the U-M community. During the fall and winter semesters, the service is provided daily from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. For more information visit: pts.umich.edu