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Seven Michigan Communities to Compete for Statewide League Community Excellence Award

clock March 19, 2014 14:56 by author Matt Bach


Representatives from the seven regional winners!

Seven Michigan communities have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition, affectionately known as the “Race for the Cup.”

The seven communities were selected by their peers in regional meetings Tuesday, March 18, during the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing. All seven will now compete in for the statewide CEA title Oct. 14-17, 2014, in Marquette during the League’s Annual Convention. The seven selected communities are from Region 1: Fenton; Region 2: a joint project by Lansing, East Lansing and the townships of Lansing, Meridian, Delta and Delhi; Region 3: Grandville; Region 4: Ithaca; Region 5: Harbor Beach; Region 6: Cadillac and Region 7: Gladstone. Stay tuned to this blog for additional details on the winners and other communities that competed: http://www.mml.org/events/blog/.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org.

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City of Grandville Wins MML's 2012 Community Excellence Award

clock October 8, 2012 12:27 by author Matt Bach

Grandville officials celebrate winning the 2012 Community Excellence Award. Read the press release.

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - The city of Grandville was honored with the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Community Excellence Award on October 5 at the League's Annual Convention on Mackinac Island.

The peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, 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. Grandville’s expansion and renovation project created a clean water plant that incorporates innovative wastewater treatment technology.

Read more in this press release. View photos from the CEA competition.

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MML 2012 Convention Starts Today, Registration Opens at 9 am

clock October 3, 2012 07:22 by author Matt Bach

The 2012 Michigan Municipal League Convention starts today at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Convention registration opens today and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gerald R. Ford Room of the Grand Hotel. The welcoming general session begins at 2 p.m. in the Grand Hotel Theatre with opening remarks by Dan Musser of the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island mayor Margaret Doud and League President Karen Majewski, mayor of Hamtramck. The annual Parade of Flags festivities will then take place followed by presentations from the seven CEA (Community Excellence Award) finalsts.

View the full Convention program.

Check out the full Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, walkable urbanism from Chris Leinberger, how to build resilient communities by Chuck Marohn, thinking global for local issues by Clarence Anthony, using art and creativity to drive our state forward by Jennifer Goulet, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability.

Convention Registration is in the Gerald R. Ford Room of the Grand Hotel. It opens at 9 a.m. today (Oct. 3, 2012).

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Baroda to Compete for Community Excellence Award at League Convention in October

clock August 16, 2012 06:44 by author Matt Bach

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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Community Excellence Award Competition Starts Next Week at League Capital Conference

clock March 13, 2012 13:33 by author Matt Bach

Clare officials celebrate after winning the 2011 Community Excellence Award. This could be you in 2012!

Does your community have an innovative local success story, program, or project? Did this project have a positive impact on your community? Could another community adapt this project to meet a similar challenge? If you answered yes these questions then a statewide competition sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League is for you.

The Michigan Municipal League recognizes innovative solutions through the peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, a spirited competition we affectionately call “The Race for the Cup”. The race officially begins next week during the League's 2012 Capital Conference in Lansing. Last year we transitioned to a less formal five-minute "elevator pitch" style presentation for initial entries at the regional level. This makes the competition more accessible and easier for everyone to participate without a lot of time, expense, and expertise required.

The seven region finalists will go on to the final round at the League's Annual Convention Oct. 5-7 on Mackinac Island. 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.

Remember, giving a five minute, “elevator pitch” style presentation at your Regional Roundtable event at Capital Conference on TUESDAY, March 20, 2012, is the ONLY way to enter! Go here to learn how the CEAs work. While you don't have to register to submit a CEA, we do prefer that you register in advance here.

Looking for inspiration? Click here to see slideshows and videos from past CEA presentations.

Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at mbach@mml.org and (734) 669-6317.

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