Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19. 2013
Ithaca Showcased for Community Excellence
City-County Police Consolidation Recognized at Statewide Conference
LANSING, Michigan – The city of Ithaca was among 27 communities showcased on April 9 at the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition during the League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing.
The city’s transfer of police services and duties from the Ithaca Police Department to the newly created Ithaca Unit of the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office was one of three projects presented at the League’s Region 4 Roundtable, which includes all communities in the east-central part of the lower peninsula, excluding the thumb. The winning entry from Region 4 was DeWitt’s Community Showcase event. he other nomination from Region 4 was Mt. Pleasant’s Access Adventure Trail.
“This effort has been a lengthy and challenging process,” said Ithaca City Manager Chelsey Foster, who praised the hard work put forth by the city council, police, and city staff, as well as the sheriff, county commission, and county staff.
In praising the move for its example of economy, cooperation, and efficiency, Foster called it “a model for other communities to consider should they wish to explore it.”
The 27 communities participating in this year’s CEA competition are Region 1 (southeast Michigan): Eastpointe, Linden/Fenton/Holly; Grosse Pointe, New Baltimore, Plymouth, Rochester, and Westland; Region 2 (central and southwest Michigan): Albion, Baroda/Bridgman/Berrien Springs, South Haven and St. Joseph; Region 3 (central-west Michigan): Belding and Whitehall; Region 4 (mid-Michigan): DeWitt, Ithaca and Mt. Pleasant; Region 5 (the thumb): Harbor Beach, Imlay City and Lexington; Region 6 (northern portion of the lower peninsula): Rogers City; and Region 7 (upper peninsula): Ironwood, Ontonagon, and Sault Ste. Marie. The winners from each region will now go on to compete for the statewide CEA title during the League’s Annual Convention September 18-20 in Detroit. The seven regional winners are Linden/Fenton/Holly, St. Joseph, Belding, DeWitt, Imlay City, Rogers City, and Ironwood.
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 communities.
For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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