From left, Durand Mayor Deb Doyle and City Manager Amy Roddy accept the Region 4 CEA nomination in March. View and download additional photos of the 2012 CEA finalists.

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 4 (all communities in the east-central part of the Lower Peninsula excluding the Thumb) will be represented by the city of Durand’s placemaking campaign. The project earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 4 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March. Durand is working to renovate and revitalize its community with a placemaking campaign built around the city’s new streetscape project and its legacy image as a railroad community.  “We call it a sense of place but it’s also the story of the Little Engine That Could,” said City Manager Amy Roddy. “We’re overcoming obstacles to renew our community, and Durand is reinventing itself and taking the placemaking concepts the League has shared in the last few years and using them to create a place where people want to be.”

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