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Press Release

June 14, 2010

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

City of East Lansing Wins Regional Competition

Technology Innovation Center Now Up for Statewide Community Excellence Award

QUINCY, Michigan (June 14, 2010) – The city of East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center, an incubator for technology-based businesses, won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 2 Community Excellence Award.

East Lansing won the peer-selected honor for its facility, which provides space and resources to start-up technology businesses. 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. East Lansing Assistant City Manager Marie McKenna and Councilmember Nathan Triplett accepted the award during the League’s Region 2 Education Seminar on June 9, 2010 in Quincy, Michigan. The winning project was selected in a vote among the 44 municipal officials attending the seminar.

The city of East Lansing’s planning and economic development department wanted to keep talented people in the city, and acknowledged the need to nurture a technology-based economy. The Technology Innovation Center fulfills this need by providing space and resources to start-up businesses, helping them to grow and prosper during the critical first three years, when businesses are most vulnerable and prone to failure. The Center provides low-rent shared office space and business support from local organizations. It had a tremendous start, opening at 80-percent capacity and housed companies in software and web development, media arts, telecommunications, and web-based e-commerce. The Technology Innovation Center has helped East Lansing become the high-tech and creative hub of mid-Michigan.

"We are so pleased to have been selected by our peers in local government to receive this award. We are very proud of the Technology Innovation Center and look forward to sharing the success of our business incubator model with other communities. We are also very excited about competing in the Race for the Cup in Dearborn," proclaimed Lori Mullins, City of East Lansing community and economic development administrator.

Other Region 2 communities nominated were:

  • The city of Marshall for its after-school arts apprenticeship program to fill a void in after-school opportunities and teach kids an appreciation of the arts, provide hands-on activities and leadership training.

  • The city of Sturgis for its Helping Hand program, a collaboration between the city and the Sturgis Ministerial Association to improve neighborhoods by inspiring residents.

Communities represented at the Region 2 meeting were Adrian, Allegan, Bangor, Battle Creek, Brooklyn, Centreville, Charlotte, Coldwater, Dowagiac, East Lansing, Hastings, Jonesville, Lawrence, Leslie, Litchfield, Marshall, Mason, New Buffalo, Paw Paw, Quincy, Sturgis, and Union City. The League’s Region 2 represents the counties of Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, St. Joseph and Van Buren.

To get photos from this event, including photographs of Assistant City Manager Marie McKenna and Councilmember Nathan Triplett receiving the award from League Board President Jeff Jenks, visit our flickr page by clicking here.

As a regional winner, East Lansing will now compete against six other regional winners for the statewide Community Excellence Award Sept. 21-24 in Dearborn. Other regional winners are the communities of Monroe, Harbor Beach, Saginaw, St. Ignace, Kingsley, and Grand Haven. For details about the CEA competition, go here. To register for the 2010 Convention, go here.

In the photo above: Michigan Municipal League Board President Jeff Jenks (left) presents the Region 2 Community Excellence Award to East Lansing Assistant City Manager Marie McKenna and Councilmember Nathan Triplett. View more photos from this seminar.

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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