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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Dan Burden Receives Special Award of Merit from Michigan Municipal League

DETROIT, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League honored walkability expert Dan Burden with a 2013 Special Award of Merit during the League’s Annual Convention on Sept. 19 in Detroit.

Burden, who is based in Port Townsend, Washington, is Co-Founder and Director of Innovation and Inspiration for the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Inc. (WALC), go to WALC’s vision is to create healthy, connected communities that support active living and advance opportunities for all people through walkable streets, livable cities, and better built environments. Dan is a tireless advocate for building communities around people.

“Words like ‘walkability’ and ‘walkscore’ wouldn’t be as widely known as they are today if not for Dan Burden’s vision and passion for pedestrian-friendly communities,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin.

Burden has conducted a number of training programs for the League, and has performed many walkability audits for League member communities. In fact, he has worked in over 400 Michigan communities–the most of any state in the country. Burden has received numerous accolades for his efforts, including being one of the six most important civic innovators in the world named by TIME magazine in 2001. Go here ( for additional background on Dan Burden.

About the Awards of Merit: Each year, the Michigan Municipal League recognizes and honors a select few individuals with Special Awards of Merit for outstanding contributions to Michigan communities. The merit awards are given out during the League’s annual Convention.


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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