Baroda Clerk Diane Mensinger accepts the Region 2 CEA Award at the League’s 2012 Capital Conference in March

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 2 (all communities in the south-central and southwestern portions of the Lower Peninsula) will be represented by Baroda’s Welcome to Wine Country placemaking campaign. This project earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 2 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March. The Village of Baroda is actively working on reinventing the region into a true destination as the “Gateway to Wine Country” for its. Baroda is a farming community that faced the loss of its tool and die industry and is now focusing on agri-tourism to reinvent itself, said Baroda Clerk Diane Mensinger. The area has nine wineries within six miles of downtown and community leaders wanted a campaign to let the rest of the world know about this winery hotbed.

Baroda will now compete against the other six regional winners (Alpena, 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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