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Press Release

July 15, 2010

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

Community Excellence Award Finalists to be Unveiled at Convention

Dearborn, Michigan (July 15, 2010) – What do these things have in common: an historic battlefield from the War of 1812 …a state-of-the-art library built without tax funding…and a popular maritime festival?

Answer: They’re all nominees for the Michigan Municipal League’s 2010 Community Excellence Award, the annual statewide competition which recognizes outstanding community services, projects  and programs.

Seven finalists – one from each of the League’s seven regions – have been chosen as inspiring examples of what Michigan communities can accomplish through dynamic leadership, creative vision and collaborative effort.
During the League’s 112th Annual Convention Sept. 21-24 in Dearborn, one community will be selected by popular vote to take home the Community Excellence Cup for 2010. The winning presentations to be unveiled at the Convention will show how:

  • The lakefront city of Harbor Beach rebranded itself with an annual Maritime Festival that draws thousands of people to Michigan’s thumb each summer

  • Monroe turned an old, deserted industrial site into a new national park that now serves as a prominent city entryway

  • Saginaw implemented a recycling program that dramatically reduced landfill waste in just two months

  • The Village of Kingsley built a state-of-the-art $1.3 million library and municipal center without raising local taxes

  • Grand Haven uses creative graphic design to communicate its goals to residents and visitors

  • East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center has become an incubator for technology-based businesses by offering space and resources for technology start-ups

  • St. Ignace forged a unique partnership of private, state and federal entities, to develop a new bus station for a public transit network linking the region to the entire state

Other regional nominees: Howell’s street and walkway improvements; Garden City’s regional fire service; Eastpointe’s police and community multicultural program; DeWitt’s open access playground; Kentwood’s district library; Evart’s “Shop Local” campaign; Rothbury’s ethics policy; Marshall’s after-school arts apprenticeship program; Sturgis’ Helping Hand program; Baraga’s “Super Supplier Network” of local businesses; and L’Anse’s MEDC/MDOT collaboration.

Remember, the only way to support your regional finalist is by casting a vote in person at the Convention. Register here before the Early Bird deadline on Aug. 24.

And don’t forget to tell us about a project in your community that you’re excited about, by nominating it for next year’s competition. Go here for details.

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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