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For Immediate Release:
June 4, 2009

Andrea Messinger
Ph: 517-908-0302

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

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

Cadillac won the peer-nomination in a spirited competition among several neighboring communities for its Clam River Greenway, a citizen-city collaborative process that connected 1.6 miles of river paths, previously overgrown and unutilized, to enhance outdoor activity for the entire community.

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.

Project leader and Cadillac Councilmember Shari Spoelman said, "This community asset has improved the quality of life in our community, not only today, but for generations to come. The Clam River Greenway connects neighborhoods, provides intergenerational outdoor recreation, and has enhanced a natural resource in our community."

The Clam River Greenway project was a 10-year undertaking that involved working out easements with property owners and providing boardwalks through designated floodplains and wetlands.  One unique feature is the path’s center line composed of contrasting red sponsor bricks. 

Cadillac 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 6 Education Seminar and CEA winner.



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