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For Immediate Release:
April 28, 2009

Andrea Messinger
Ph: 517-908-0302

Michigan Municipal League Announces Wyoming as a Regional Finalist for the Community Excellence Award

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Michigan Municipal League (MML) is pleased to announce the city of Wyoming has been nominated as a regional finalist for the organization's 2009 Community Excellence Award.

Wyoming won the peer-nomination in a spirited competition among several neighboring communities for its TEAM 21 project, an after school and summer program for children, kindergarten through fifth grade.

By increasing the visibility of entrepreneurial and innovative solutions through this Award, the League strives to educate its members—cities, villages and urban townships—and inspire them to remain focused on their passion for the areas they represent.

TEAM 21 stands for teaching, enriching, achieving, and moving the children of Wyoming through its 21st century community learning centers. The program started when Wyoming realized children in the community needed help understanding cultural differences, staying away from youth crimes and dealing with health issues like obesity.

Rebecca Rynbrandt, Wyoming director of community services said "this program is really about changing behaviors and breaking down cultural barriers so that we can truly come together as one community, and that's part of the reason why we identified TEAM 21."

Wyoming and regional finalists from the six other MML regions will vie in the final round of competition at the League’s Annual Convention, Sept. 22-25 in Kalamazoo. For photos of the awards presentation, click here.

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington DC and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. For more information, visit





Click here for a recap and video of the Region 3 Education Seminar and CEA winner.



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