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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2010

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

Village of Kingsley Wins Region 6 Community Excellence Award

ROGERS CITY, Michigan (June 8, 2010) – The Village of Kingsley’s successful effort to build a state-of-the-art $1.3 million library and municipal center won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 6 Community Excellence Award.

Kingsley won the peer-selected honor for its new facility that took the hard work, dedication and teamwork of many people over a 10-year period. 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. Kingsley Village Manager Adam Umbrasas accepted the award during the League’s Region 6 Education Seminar on June 4, 2010 in Rogers City, Michigan. The winning project was selected in a vote among the nearly 40 northern Michigan municipal officials attending the seminar.

The village’s former 900-square-foot library was in an old bank building and had inadequate space for programming and community events. Kingsley Friends of the library led the effort to raise funds for a new facility. The building was constructed without having to raise local taxes. The volunteer group raised $350,000 over 10 years from various sources, including corporate and non-profit foundations. The village also secured a loan and contributed additional dollars for the $1.3 million project. The new facility has six times more space than the previous building, including community rooms and a genealogy room.

“This project was truly a team effort and we appreciate the Michigan Municipal League and our peers recognizing the hard work done by many,” said Kingsley Village Manager Adam Umbrasas.

Communities represented at the Region 6 meeting were East Tawas, Roscommon, Rogers City, Manistee, Charlevoix, Traverse City, Mackinaw City, Kalkaska, Hillman, Harbor Springs, Alpena and West Branch. The League’s Region 6 represents the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon and Wexford.

To get photos from this event, including photographs of Kingsley Village Manager Adam Umbrasas receiving the award from League Board President Jeff Jenks, visit our flickr page by clicking here.

As a regional winner, Kingsley 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 and Grand Haven. For details about the CEA competition, go here.

In the photo above: Michigan Municipal League Board President Jeff Jenks (left) presents the Region 6 Community Excellence Award to Kingsley Village Manager Adam Umbrasas. View more photos from this seminar.

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

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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