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Press Release

May 28, 2010

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or

View more photos from this seminar here.

Grand Haven Wins Regional Competition

City Now in Running for Statewide Community Excellence Award

MONTAGUE, Michigan (May 28, 2010) – The City of Grand Haven’s work in making its annual goals become an integral part of its community won a nomination for the Michigan Municipal League’s Community Excellence Award.

The City of Grand Haven won the peer-selected honor for its Graphic Goals Presentation. It will now compete for the statewide Community Excellence Award that will be announced during the Michigan Municipal League’s Annual Convention Sept. 21-24, 2010, in Dearborn. Grand Haven was selected in a spirited competition against three other communities’ projects during the League’s Region 3 Education Seminar on May 26, 2010 in Montague, Michigan. The winning project was selected in a vote among the more than 40 West Michigan-area community officials attending the seminar.

Each year Grand Haven’s city council works through a goal setting and strategic planning process that culminates in a document that often ended up on a shelf collecting dust. Knowing that the goals were important and needed reinforcing, about five years ago the city started putting them in colorful, eye-appealing graphics. Past year themes for the goal documents have included a wind turbine, buckets on a sandy beach and a dart board. These materials are then distributed throughout city departments as a constant reminder to residents and visitors about the city goals planned for the year, said Grand Haven Mayor Roger A. Bergman.

“The goals are in front of our residents all year long,” Bergman said. “It’s in our city offices and on our website. It’s in their workplaces and before them all day long.”

Having the city goals well known has made the jobs of staff and city council much easier, Bergman explained.

“Occasionally a citizen may pass an idea for a project to me and I’ll talk to the city manager and he’ll refer me to these goals and he’ll say, ‘How does it fit it?’, and I’ll say, ‘You’re right, it doesn’t fit.’ So I’ll get back to the citizen and say this is a good idea, but it doesn’t fit in our goals for this year and perhaps we can look at it in next year’s goal-setting process.”

Other Region 3 communities nominated were:

  • The city of Kentwood for its new district library building nearing completion

  • The city of Evart for its Shop Local campaign

  • The village of Rothbury for an ethics policy it recently formed.

Communities represented at the Region 3 meeting were Cedar Springs, Evart, Ferrysburg, Fremont, Grand Haven, Howard City, Kentwood, Ludington, Montague, New Era, North Muskegon, Norton Shores, Pentwater, Roosevelt Park, Rothbury, Shelby, Spring Lake, Whitehall and Zeeland. Region 3 represents the counties of Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa.

To get photos from this event, including a photograph of Grand Haven officials accepting the award, click here.

PHOTO CAPTION: In the photo above, with the Region 3 CEA plaque, are (from left) Grand Haven Mayor Roger A. Bergman, Sam Janson, assistant to the Grand Haven City Manager; and Grand Haven Mayor Pro Tem Mike Fritz.

For more information contact, Matt Bach, communications director for the Michigan Municipal League at (734) 669-6317 or

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., 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.




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