Grandville Councilmember Joshua Meringa, Mayor James Buck and councilmember Steven Kauffman accept the Region 3 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 3 (all communities in the west-central area of the state’s Lower Peninsula) will be represented by the city of Grandville’s clean water plant expansion and renovation project. The project earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March. Grandville’s expansion and renovation project created a clean water plant that incorporates innovative wastewater treatment technology. Grandville will now compete against the other six regional winners (Alpena, Baroda, Bessemer, Durand, 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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