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Community Excellence Award
Community Excellence Award Race for the Cup
About the Award
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
Last year 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:
Looking for inspiration? Click here to see slideshows and videos from past CEA presentations.
Congratulations to the 2013 CEA Region Finalists:
Left to right:
Region 1: Shiawassee River Heritage Trail work - Linden Mayor David Lossing
See all the final presentations here.
Tri City Times, 4/17/13
New Baltimore Voice Newspapers, 4/26/13
Alpena News, 4/14/13
Mlive- Flint, 4/15/13
Crain's Detroit Business, 4/11/13
Detroit News, 4/10/13
Congratulations Also to the 2012 Region Finalists:
Region 6: Arts and culture placemaking partnership - Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora
Region 4: Streetscape and placemaking campaign - Durand City Manager Amy Roddy
Region 5: Parks and recreation collaboration - Port Huron Mayor Pauline Repp
Region 1: Riverwalk project - Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan
Region 3: Clean water plant - Grandville Councilmember Joshua Meringa
Region 2: Gateway to Wine Country campaign - Baroda Clerk Diane Mensinger -
Region 7: Water distribution improvement partnership - Bessemer Councilmember Douglas Olsen
2008 Jackson Armory Arts