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ceaCommunity 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.”

Click here for information on the award, past award winners, and how to enter

2015 Winner - Westland

2014 Winner - Harbor Beach

2013 Winne
r - Ironwood

2012 Winner - Grandville

2011 Winner - Clare

2010 Winner - Grand Haven

life awardHonorary 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.

2014 Honoree - Jeff Jenks

2013 Honoree
- Robin Beltramini

2012 Honoree - Deb Doyle

2011 Honoree - Vicki Barnett

2010 Honoree - Michael Matheny


guidoMichael 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.

Nominate someone now

2013 Winner - James R. Buck

Past winners

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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2013 Winner - Joyce Parker

Past winners

capitolLegislator of the Year Awards

Each fall, 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. 

2014 Winners
Tom Casperson
Nancy Jenkins
John Pappageorge

2013 Winners

John Pappageorge
Jim Townsend

2012 Winners
Rudy Hobbs
Wayne Schmidt

2011 Winner

2010 Winners

awards banquetAwards 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.

Susan Dana
Kurt Dykstra
Issue Media Group
Larry Nielsen

Dan Burden
Adam Smith
Under the Radar Michigan

Peter Allen
Beach Hall
Spencer Nebel

Gary McDowell
William Rustem
Howard Shifman

2010 Winners

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.

Tom Dempsey
Chris Miller
Tom Youatt
City of Midland

Brian Donovan
Pat Sullivan
Jaymes Vettraino
Kara Wood

Stephen Postema
Tim Wolff

2011 Winners


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.

Click here for 2014 Elected Officials Academy Graduates

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.

Affiliate and Other Awards

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Awards mama

Click here to learn more.



Michigan Local Government Management Association John M. Patriarche Distinguished Service Awardmlgma

This award is given each year at the Michigan Municipal League's Annual Convention during the Colloquium session. Click here to learn more.


risk managementLoss 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



nlcNational 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



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