Port Huron Parks and Recreation Director Nancy Winzer and Mayor Pauline Repp accept the Region 5 CEA nomination in March. View and download additional photos of the 2012 CEA finalists.

Seven projects from around the state will seek 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 5 (all communities in the Thumb area of Michigan) will be represented by a unique parks and recreation partnership in the Port Huron area. The partnership earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 5 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March.

The Port Huron Recreation Department piloted a new and unique program partnering with Fort Gratiot, Port Huron Township and Clyde Township to provide a cooperative system that would allow their residents to participate in city recreation programs at resident rates with the townships providing the cost difference in exchange. The program helps the city increase revenue for the recreation department while helping outlying areas to offer full recreational opportunities and services for their residents. The new cooperative effort spreads recreation programs over 73 square miles and opens the door for other partnerships in the region.

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