Community Relations

The University of Michigan Community Relations Office coordinates partnerships with the University, local government, and greater Ann Arbor community organizations. The office is a primary point of contact with the City of Ann Arbor on areas of mutual concern like parking, transportation, off campus neighborhoods, facility construction, economic development, tourism, public service, and safety.

The University of Michigan moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837. The University and the city have evolved together into a vibrant and thriving community often lauded as "one of the best places to live, work and play." The University is strongly committed to helping our local community thrive. Every day, our faculty, students and staff are making significant contributions to the economic vitality and quality of life of the City of Ann Arbor and the State of Michigan.

39.7 percent of University of Michigan employees live in the Ann Arbor area

This statistic is obtained through the U-M Office of Human Resources

The total number of employees in the Ann Arbor area (including the hospital and Ann Arbor campus) is 19,536 the total number of employees at the University of Michigan is 49,119

$15 Million payments to Ann Arbor from U-M

Payments made to Ann Arbor in FY18

This figure is obtained from the - Payments to the City of Ann Arbor 2018 - University of Michigan Report and the - Mills to be Levied for 2018 - located on City of Ann Arbor

2 in 5 residents were served by Michigan Medicine

Data obtained through the Michigan Medicine Office of Strategic Planning & Business Development

155,824 unique patient visits. The population of Washtenaw County is 368,358.

Associate Director Michael Rein

Michael Rein

Director of Community Relations | 734-763-5554

Community Relations Director, Michael Rein coordinates activities linked with community-based organizations and local government officials in the greater Ann Arbor area and Southeastern Michigan. He has over 30 years of experience developing strong working relationships with community, business, and government leaders. Michael has been involved with several business advocacy groups as well as serving as a board member for many non-profits. Michael is currently a board member of Midtown Detroit Inc, Washtenaw 100, and Destination Ann Arbor.

Key service areas include:

  • Coordination of campus planning and construction with local officials
  • Mediation of parking, transportation, neighborhood, and housing concerns
  • Communication and resolution of public and campus safety concerns
  • Assistance to local and state businesses and economic development interests
  • Administration of the annual University United Way Campaign
  • Representation of U-M at community and governmental public hearings
  • Facilitation of rapid response communications to address immediate needs