After a initial three-way tie (a first in CEA history), Southfield's 'field Zone Youth Center came away the winner of the Region 1 Community Excellence Award.  The Region 1 meeting was held in Hamtramck on Friday, May 6th.

Given the competition, it wasn't too hard to understand why a run-off was needed.  Four total projects were presented.  The City of Brighton showcased a downtown development project where decisions on converting a former bank led to $4 million in investment including a new park and mixed-use development.  Farmington Hills show how sustainability efforts in construction of a new city hall has led to a Gold LEED certification and $27 monthly electric bills.  And Sterling Heights proved how collaboration between local, and regional business and civic leaders, and the state, led to keeping the doors open on a assembly plant that was a major economic driver.

But it was Southfield's 'field Zone Youth Center that won the day.  The Center is a collaborative effort that provides a place for youth, after school, to showcase their talent in leadership, recreation, creativity, community involvement, academics, technology, arts, and music. This center is quickly becoming the 'hub' of community activity, and is open to middle school and high school students, who reside in or attend the City of Southfield and Lathrup Village schools.

Congratulations to Southfield and 'field Zone as they compete for the CEA Cup at the League's annual convention this October 4-7 in Grand Rapids!  Register for convention on-line beginning June 1.

And be sure to catch this year's "MML Tour" at regional meetings across the state this spring. . For more on the MML Tour go here:; and on Twitter at #mmltour. The Regional Meetings give Michigan Municipal League members a chance to hear from League staff and state officials about the latest municipal-related legislation in Lansing and ways communities are becoming the types of areas where people want to live, work and play. The League is still accepting registrations from members for upcoming regional meetings Ludington (May 11), Marine City (May 18), East Lansing (May 20), Houghton (May 26-27) and Saginaw (June 1). View the full regional schedule here.

Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.


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