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

clock August 23, 2012 15:24 by author Matt Bach


Bessemer City Manager Mike Uskiewicz and Councilmember Douglas Olsen accept the 2012 Region 7 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 7 (all communities in the Upper Peninsula) will be represented by the City of Bessemer’s water distribution cooperation effort. Bessemer has worked successfully to establish an efficient and effective working relationship between the city and the Gogebic Range Water Authority to improve the area’s water distribution infrastructure.

Bessemer will now compete against the other six regional winners (Alpena, Baroda, 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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Alpena to Compete for Community Excellence Award at League Convention in October

clock August 22, 2012 10:00 by author Matt Bach


Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora accepted the Region 6 CEA nomination in March. View and download additional photos

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 6 (all communities in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula ) will be represented by an arts and culture project in the Alpena area. The city of Alpena earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 6 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing in March.

Alpena used a $20,000 pilot grant from the League’s Center for 21st Century Communities (21c3) to partner with Michigan Arts and Culture, Northeast (MACNE) on a cultural economic development project to promote the area as an arts and culture destination to drive economic development and enhance quality of life while creating a true sense of place.

Alpena will now compete against the other six regional winners (Baroda, 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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Durand to Compete for Community Excellence Award at League Convention in October

clock August 20, 2012 07:42 by author Matt Bach

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

clock July 23, 2012 14:44 by author Elizabeth Shaw


Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan accepts the Region 1 CEA Award at the League's 2012 Capital Conference 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 1 (all communities in the southeast portion of the state's Lower Peninsula) will be represented by Utica's Riverwalk project, which was funded by the Downtown Development Authority, envisioned by Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, and brought to reality by the city's Department of Public Works. The Riverwalk is both an economic driver and a prime example of placemaking: an asset that connects the city's Memorial Park and historic Main Street with Auburn Road and its unique riverfront.

Utica will now compete against the other six regional winners (Alpena, Baroda, Bessemer, Durand, Grandville, and Port Huron) 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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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett Inspires Michigan Municipal League Members About Placemaking

clock March 21, 2012 14:08 by author Matt Bach

LANSING, Michigan - Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett told Michigan Municipal League members Wednesday how placemaking has helped his city reinvent itself. Cornett spoke at the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Capital Conference in Lansing.

With Mayor Cornett leading the way, Oklahoma City became a major league city with the arrival of the National Basketball Association. During his tenure, Oklahoma City’s economy has been one of the strongest in the nation. Standing for efficient government and responsible leadership, Mayor Cornett has worked to promote an inclusive and optimistic vision of Oklahoma City, fueled by bold ideas. Cornett's humble nature, intense work ethic and optimistic attitude have become emblematic of a city that, as Cornett says, "works hard and dreams big."

Cornett received applause from League members at several points in his highly-enthusiastic presentation. He explained how his city used a penny on the dollar sales tax approved by voters to make numerous improvements to the city, including redeveloping a river front, refurbishing and building new schools and tackling the obesity problem of the city's citizens.

To stay up to date on the latest news from Capital Conference, read the Capital Conference blog or go to the League’s website at mml.org. Want to be sure you know what's happening as it happens? Follow the Capital Conference Twitter feed by searching the hashtag #mmlconf. View photos from Capital Conference here on the League's flickr page. View press releases from the conference here. Read more about placemaking at mml.org and the blog by League CEO Ddan Gilmartin at economicsofplace.com.

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

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett speaks at 2012 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.

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