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Press Release

March 20, 2012

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

Durand Wins Region 4 Community Excellence Award in League Competition

Streetscape Now In Running for Statewide Honor


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From left, Durand Mayor Deb Doyle and City Manager Amy Roddy.
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The city of Durand’s placemaking campaign earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 4 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing on Tuesday, March 20. The region includes all communities in the east-central part of the Lower Peninsula excluding the Thumb.

Durand is working to renovate and revitalize its community with a placemaking campaign built around the city’s new streetscape project and its legacy image as a railroad community.

“We call it a sense of place but it’s also the story of the Little Engine That Could,” said City Manager Amy Roddy. “We’re overcoming obstacles to renew our community, and Durand is reinventing itself and taking the placemaking concepts the League has shared in the last few years and using them to create a place where people want to be.”

Roddy also credited walkability expert Dan Burden and the city’s Downtown Development Authority. Roddy accepted the award Tuesday along with Mayor Deb Doyle.

Durand competed for the regional title against two other projects: Saginaw’s annual performance management plan and “CityStat” program to use real-time data to solve problems and align activities and resources; and Ithaca’s county-wide wind energy initiative.

Durand will now go on to compete against the other six regional winners for the statewide CEA at the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 3-5 on Mackinac Island. The CEA program, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships.




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


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