Community Excellence Awards
The League recognizes innovative solutions through the peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, a spirited competition we affectionately call “The Race for the Cup.”
For the latest information on the award, past winners, and how to enter, please visit our Community Excellence Awards website.
2016 Winner - Beaverton
2015 Winner - Westland
2014 Winner - Harbor Beach
2013 Winner - Ironwood
2012 Winner - Grandville
2011 Winner - Clare
2010 Winner - Grand Haven
Honorary Life Membership Award
Honorary Life Membership, first awarded in 1932, is the League's highest honor, reserved for the most active and inspiring leaders dedicated to the League and its mission.
2016 Honoree - Colleen Layton
2014 Honoree - Jeff Jenks
2013 Honoree - Robin Beltramini
2012 Honoree - Deb Doyle
2011 Honoree - Vicki Barnett
2010 Honoree - Michael Matheny
Michael A. Guido Leadership and
Public Service Award
Celebrating a chief elected official who personifies professionalism
and leadership, is dedicated to the citizens in their community and
advocates on their behalf in Lansing and Washington, DC.
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2016 Winner - George Heartwell, Former Mayor, Grand Rapids
2013 Winner - James R. Buck
Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award
Celebrating a person dedicated to public service who has shown passion
and commitment to the League, enthusiastically supporting its mission
and promoting its purpose.
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Lois Allen Richardson, Councilmember, Ypsilanti
Scott Erickson, City Manager, Ironwood
2013 Winner - Joyce Parker
Community Builder Award
2016 Winner - Marja Winters Farrow, Community and Economic Development Director, Benton Harbor
Legislator of the Year Awards
The Legislator of the Year Award is presented to a few legislators for their instrumental actions in the Michigan State Legislature on behalf of local communities. These individuals are recognized for their efforts in the passage of legislation that will benefit local governments, or who have fought consistently to support local government.
Representative Dave Muturen (R-Vicksburg)
Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing)
Craig Ryan, Director, Senate Majority Policy Office - Legislative Staffer of the Year
Awards of Merit
Each year, the Michigan Municipal League recognizes and honors a select few individuals with Special Awards of Merit for outstanding contributions to Michigan communities. The merit awards are given out during the League's Annual Convention.
Issue Media Group
Under the Radar Michigan
Outstanding Service Awards
The Outstanding Service Award is granted to individuals or communities who have gone above and beyond in helping League staff advocate on behalf of all local communities at the state and/or federal level. From being involved in our internal committee process, to testifying in front of legislative committees, to being involved on League or legislative workgroups, their feedback and time commitment has been crucial to our efforts.
City of Midland
Elected Officials Academy - An Education and Recognition Program
The Elected Officials Academy is a four-level program that recognizes the educational and leadership accomplishments of elected officials. Learn all about it by clicking here.
Level One: Education Award
To encourage and recognize the efforts of local elected officials who obtain fundamental information regarding Michigan municipalities.
Level Two: Leadership Award
To encourage and recognize the efforts of local elected officials who build on the core knowledge obtained in Level One, to enhance their leadership skills and to continue their dedication to excellence in community leadership.
Level Three: Governance Award
To encourage and recognize the efforts of local elected officials who achieve an outstanding level of education and leadership beyond that obtained in Level Two, and their continuing dedication to excellence in community governance.
Level Four: Ambassador Award
To encourage and recognize the exemplary service of locally elected officials to their community, to the communities of the state of Michigan, and to the Michigan Municipal League.
Level 4 Graduates
Suzanne Pixley, Mayor, Eastpointe (2016)
Joshua Meringa, Councilmember, Grandville (2014)
Nathan Triplett, Mayor, East Lansing (2014)
Barbara Holt, Mayor, Walker (2013)
Deb Doyle, Mayor, Durand (2012)
David Lossing, Mayor, Linden (2012)
Affiliate and Other Awards
Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Awards
Click here to learn more.
Michigan Municipal Executives John M. Patriarche Distinguished Service Award
This award is given each year at the Michigan Municipal League's Annual Convention during the Colloquium session. Click here to learn more.
Loss Control Achievement Awards
The Workers' Compensation Fund gives out annual Loss Control Achievement awards to recognize communities making outstanding efforts in maintaining safe work environments.
Fund Year 2011/12 Press Release
Fund Year 2010/11 Press Release
National League of Cities Awards
The National League of Cities (NLC) recognizes cities and towns that have turned ideas into accomplishments. It provides various avenues to cities for sharing and rewarding their efforts. Each year, member cities are given the opportunity to nominate their programs for three different award and recognition programs: Awards for Municipal Excellence, City Cultural Diversity Awards, and City Showcase. More on NLC awards