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Press Release

March 20, 2012

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

Port Huron Wins Region 5 Community Excellence Award in League Competition

Regional Recreation Partnership Now in Running for Statewide Community Excellence Award

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Port Huron Parks and Recreation Director Nancy Winzer and Mayor Pauline Repp.
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Port Huron’s regional recreation partnership earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 5 Community Excellence Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2012 Capital Conference Lansing on Tuesday, March 20. The region includes all communities in the Thumb area of Michigan.

The Port Huron Recreation Department piloted a new and unique program partnering with Fort Gratiot, Port Huron Township and Clyde Township to provide a cooperative system that would allow their residents to participate in city recreation programs at resident rates with the townships providing the cost difference in exchange. The program helps the city increase revenue for the recreation department while helping outlying areas to offer full recreational opportunities and services for their residents. The new cooperative effort spreads recreation programs over 73 square miles and opens the door for other partnerships in the region.

“What we’ve done is a great example of collaborating to keep recreation affordable in your community and for surrounding communities,” said parks and Recreation Director Nancy Winzer, who accepted the award with Mayor Pauline Repp. “We’re very excited to be able to partner with the townships for the betterment of the whole community.”

Port Huron competed for the regional title against the village of Lexington’s community volunteerism project.

Port Huron 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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