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Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2012

Michigan Municipal League Wins Seven MarCom Awards for Marketing and Communications Excellence


ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Nov. 12, 2012)—-The Michigan Municipal League has won seven international MarCom Awards for its marketing and communications efforts, including the highest “Platinum” honor for the League book, The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People.marcom

The League also won Gold Awards for its Prosperity Agenda Radio Show on News/Talk 760 WJR, the May/June 2012 Review magazine themed “Place”, the Review magazine “Belly Up” advertisement by the League’s Insurance and Property Pool, and the Review magazine “Head in the Sand” advertisement also by the Insurance and Property Pool. In addition, the League received two Honorable Mention commendations for the Review magazine “Place” cover and a Review magazine column by Caroline Kennedy titled “Lofts on Ludington” about a mixed-use development in Escanaba.

“We are truly honored to receive international recognition for the marketing and communications work we do every day to further the mission of the League and our communities,” said Daniel Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. “We’re particularly pleased that our book, The Economics of Place, was honored. The success of this book in spreading the importance of the placemaking concept has exceeded our wildest expectations.”

The MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals out of Dallas, Texas. There were more than 6,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2012 competition.

MarCom Awards is a creative competition for any individual or company involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The MarCom statuette graces the trophy cases of some of the top business and communication firms in the world.

The MarCom competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world with about 6,000 entries per year. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individuals to media conglomerates and Fortune 50 companies. The competition is so well thought of in the industry that national public relations organizations, local ad clubs, and local business communicator chapters are entrants.

Earlier this fall, the League also earned three Diamond Awards from the Michigan Society of Association Executives. One Diamond Award in the government relations category was for the League’s work on the personal property tax issue and related Replace Don’t Erase campaign. The League was also honored for its public relations campaign about placemaking, which included the League’s book The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People, which continues to be talked about, used in college classrooms and purchased on The third Diamond Award went to Dan Gilmartin, League CEO & Executive Director, who received the 2012 Strategic Association Leader Award. View a press release about the Diamond Awards.

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For more information contact Matt Bach, League Director of Communications, at 734-669-6317 or

About the League: 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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