Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora accepted the Region 6 CEA nomination in March. View and download additional photos

Seven projects from around the state will be vying for top honors in the Michigan Municipal League's Community Excellence Award competition October 3-5 at the League's 2012 Annual Convention on Mackinac Island.

Region 6 (all communities in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula ) will be represented by an arts and culture project in the Alpena area. The city of Alpena earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 6 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March.

Alpena used a $20,000 pilot grant from the League’s Center for 21st Century Communities (21c3) to partner with Michigan Arts and Culture, Northeast (MACNE) on a cultural economic development project to promote the area as an arts and culture destination to drive economic development and enhance quality of life while creating a true sense of place.

Alpena will now compete against the other six regional winners (Baroda, Bessemer, Durand, Grandville, Port Huron and Utica) for the statewide CEA at the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 3-5 on Mackinac Island. The CEA program, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships.

Only Convention-goers may vote on the CEA winners so make sure to support your region by attending. Register now!

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