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Press Release

For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2009

Andrea Messinger

Lathrup Village Wins MML Community Excellence Award

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—For outstanding and inspiring community leadership, the city of Lathrup Village won the 2009 Community Excellence Award by peer-nomination at the Michigan Municipal League (MML) Annual Convention, September 25.

Lathrup Village won the statewide contest for its TimeBank. Through TimeBanking, residents are motivated to exchange services like dog walking, guitar lessons and yard work, building their community one hour of service at a time.

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.

League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin said, "Communities are becoming increasingly proactive and creative in responding to today's challenges. Lathrup Village is changing the way people live their lives and empowering residents to lead the charge."

Lathrup Village TimeBank Co-coordinator Kim Hodge said, "We're grateful for the Award and the awareness it brings to a program we know is adaptable and affordable. TimeBanking is helping people throughout our city during tough times and we are happy to help anyone get started on a TimeBank for their community.  People who are interested can check our new website, "

Click here for Award photos.

The 2010 Community Excellence Awards Race for the Cup will start in the spring with the League's Regional Seminars. One community from each seminar will be nominated to represent the region at the final round of competition during the 2010 Annual Convention in Dearborn.

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





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