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For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2009

Andrea Messinger
Ph: 517-908-0302

Michigan Municipal League Announces Mt. Pleasant as a Regional Finalist for the Community Excellence Award

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

Mt. Pleasant won the peer-nomination in a spirited competition among several neighboring communities for its Borden Building restoration project which replaced a blighted creamery located at the downtown entrance with a state-of-the-art structure that houses various tenants, including the city.

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.

Mt. Pleasant City Manager Kathie Grinzinger said "this project created such enormous civic pride and volunteership when we really needed it. This building has been vacant and crumbling for sixty years and it took literally hundreds of volunteers at the local level to sell the project and dozens of partners around the state and federal government."

In 1960, the Borden Company Creamery, which sat at the entrance to Mt. Pleasant's downtown, was closed and vacated. After years of looking at the building property, the city, along with hundreds of local volunteers, restored the building into an exceptional new entrance to the downtown. 

Mt. Pleasant and regional finalists from the six other MML regions will compete 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 4 Education Seminar and CEA winner.



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