Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19. 2013
Lexington Showcased for Community Excellence
Village’s Volunteerism Recognized at Statewide Conference
LANSING, Michigan – The village of Lexington 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.
Lexington’s volunteerism was one of three presentations at the League’s Region 5 Roundtable, which includes all communities in the Thumb. The winning entry from Region 5 was Imlay City’s economic gardening program. The other nomination was Harbor Beach’s interpretive sign project.
Lexington officials hailed the village’s long-running tradition of volunteerism as the key to its success and survival throughout the years. Village Trustee Tyson R. Foerster cited such examples as the fire department, the Lexington Business Association, and the Lexington Yacht Club. Volunteer groups raise thousands of dollars each year that is put directly into Lexington’s economy, said Foerster.
“Volunteers are our way of life in the thumb,” said Foerster.
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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