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Community Excellence Award Race for the Cup

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About the Award

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Every year, the Michigan Municipal League’s peer-nominated Community Excellence Award competition recognizes transformational ideas and innovative solutions to the many challenges facing communities.

Over the years, the CEA program has evolved to feature a growing number of place-based projects and initiatives that are having a profound socioeconomic impact on communities in each of the state’s seven regions.

Click here to see PowerPoints and videos from past CEA entries.

How it Works

In 2012, we transitioned to a less formal "elevator pitch" style presentation for initial entries at the regional level during Capital Conference. This makes the competition more accessible and easier for everyone to participate without a lot of time, expense, and expertise required. It also limits unforeseen technical difficulties.

Remember, giving a five-minute, “elevator pitch” style presentation at your Regional Roundtable is the ONLY way to enter! Competitors are given five minutes to present at their respective Regional Roundtable, held during the Capital Conference in Lansing. Following the presentations, the seminar attendees vote and the winner (for that region) is announced.

The seven region finalists will go on to the final round at the League's Annual Convention. That's where they’ll get to pull out all the stops for the kind of high-quality, entertaining production that's become such a highlight of the Annual Convention. Votes from every attendee are counted, and the winner is announced at the Convention’s final event.

Does Your Community Have What it Takes?

Enter your community in the Race for the Cup if you answer YES to the following questions:
- Does your community have an innovative local success story, program, or project?
- Did this project have a positive impact on your community?
- Could another community adapt this project to meet a similar challenge?

Looking for inspiration? Click here to see slideshows and videos from past CEA presentations.

Congratulations to the 2014 CEA Regional Finalists:

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The 2014 Regional Finalists at the Michigan Municipal League’s Capital Conference.

See below for details.

 

Region 1: Fenton's Fire Hall project

Region 2: Metro Connection-Greater Lansing Shared Services Fire Initiative project, submitted by six Lansing-area jurisdictions

Region 3: Grandville's downtown streetscape project

Region 4: This region did not have a finalist competing at the statewide level this year.

Region 5:  Harbor Beach's self-performed dredging project

Region 6: Cadillac's bicycle rental project called Bike Cadillac!

Region 7: Gladstone After-School Ski Hill Program

See all the final presentations here after 2014 Convention.

Media Coverage:

Fenton Wins Community Excellence Award
Tri County Times, 3/29/2014

Greater Lansing Shared Service Fire Initiative Wins Region 2 CEA Award
City of East Lansing, 2014

Harbor Beach wins excellence award
Huron County View, 3/27/2014

Grandville’s downtown streetscape project might earn city second CEA
mlive.com, 3/31/2014

Complementary bike program nets Cadillac MML award
Cadillacnews.com, 3/26/2014

Skill hill wins top honors Michigan Municipal League CEA
Upper Michigan Source TV 6 Fox UP, 3/26/2014

Municipal League Honors Gladstone Program
Escanaba Daily Press, 3/27/2014

Gladstone skill hill enjoys banner year
Marquette Mining Journal, 3/31/2014

Gladstone Wins Region 7 Michigan Municipal League CEA Award
City of Gladstone, 3/26/2014

Fenton Wins Region 1 Michigan Municipal League CEA Award
Fenton Be Closer, 3/25/2014

 

Past Winners

 

2013 Ironwood Railroad Depot Park

2012 Grandville Clean Water Treatment Plant

2011 Clare's Cops & Doughnuts Bakery

2010 Grand Haven Vivid and Lively Goals

2009 Lathrup Village Timebank Project

2008 Jackson Armory Arts

2007 St. Joseph Community Art Project

 

 

 

 

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