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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - Clare's Cops & Doughnuts business won the 2011 Community Excellence Awards Friday (Oct. 7, 2011) during the Michigan Municipal League's 2011 Convention in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize. This is the highest statewide honor bestowed on a Michigan community by the League.
The peer-nominated CEAs (affectionately called "The Race for the Cup" because the winner gets a gold cup as a trophy) starts at the regional level where a finalist from each of the League's seven region is selected by community peers at regional meetings. The seven finalist then presented their entires at Convention on Wednesday (Oct. 5, 2011) and the Convention attendees voted for the winners in a competition monitored and sponsored by Plante & Moran.
All seven nominees were excellent. The other finalists were West Branch for its Fabulous Friday's program; Paw Paw for its Uncork Paw Paw initiative; Ludington for its New Years Eve Ball Drop event; Marquette for its water safety initiative; Southfield for its youth 'field Zone program; and Vassar for its Chill on the Hill event.
League members said picking a winner this year was especially difficult because all the presentations were outstanding, but Clare's program really showed how a small group of people can make a difference in a community. The historic bakery in downtown Clare was going to close and the nine Clare police officers decided iin the 11th hour to purchase it. Not only did they save the bakery, but they turned it into a tourist destination that has benefitted the entire community.
On the Michigan Municipal League's Facebook page, Eastpointe Mayor and MML Board member Suzanne Pixley said this about Cops & Doughnuts and the other finalists:"To all...Clare's Cops and Doughnuts is such a great story for the small city of Clare...Long time donut store gave up with the economy and decided to close...The "Cops" in Clare decided that the donut shop was a tradition and couldn't close...The police (9 of them) went together and bought the store, did some fancy marketing and are now a destination spot for many heading up north...They went from 1.8 employees to 28...Great story for a small community of just over 2,000...They won the award, but the other cities up for the award were just great."
The announcement of the CEA winner concluded the League's 2011 Convention in Grand Rapids. Next year's Convention will take place in October on Mackinaw Island. Other highlights - and there were many - at this year's Convention included a talk by Gov. Rick Snyder, the honoring of numerous award winners, including Speaker of House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, as the League's 2011 Legislator of the Year, and State Rep. Vicki Barnett, D-Farmington Hills, getting the 2011 Honorary Life Membership Award, and the unveiling of the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People" (now available at economicsofplace.com and on Amazon.com). View press releases sent out and coming soon here.
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Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Muncipial League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clare officials Bill Horwood, Greg Rynearson, Al White, and Mayor Patrick Humphrey Celebrate Clare Winning the 2011 Community Excellence Award from the Michigan Municipal League. View more photos from the CEA competition here.
Gov. Rick Snyder is to speak at the Michigan Municipal League's 2011 Convention in Grand Rapids. Photo from Snyder's visit with the League Board of Trustees in January.The Michigan Municipal League is pleased to announce that Governor Rick Snyder will attend our annual Convention taking place in October in Grand Rapids.This is great news for the 400 to 500 municipal officials expected to attend our Convention Oct. 5-7 during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids because it gives them a chance to personally hear from the governor about the many changes taking place in Lansing under his leadership. Stay tuned to this Convention blog for more details about the governor’s presentation and the Convention in general. The Convention officially starts Oct. 5, but the League also is having pre-conference sessions Oct. 4 in Grand Rapids. Also be sure to follow Convention updates on the League’s Twitter page here (@mmleague) and here #mmltour.Governor Snyder has worked closely with the League in his first eight months in office on a variety of issues and has met with the League Board of Trustees in January and the League affiliate organization, Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) in July. He also attended the 2010 Convention as a candidate for governor.The theme of this year’s Convention is the League's 21c3 program and “Why Place Matters”. The governor has discussed the large role communities play in the state’s future and the importance of placemaking.“Neighborhoods, cities and regions are awakening to the importance of ‘place’ in economic development,” the governor stated in a March 21 special message about community development and local government reform. “They are planning for a future that recognizes the critical importance of quality of life to attracting talent, entrepreneurship and encouraging local businesses. … A community without place amenities will have a difficult time attracting and retaining talented workers and entrepreneurs, or being attractive to business.”
Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or email@example.com.
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