Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25. 2014
Cadillac Wins Region 6 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award
Cadillac Bike Program Now in Running for Statewide Honor in October
Cadillac officials (from left) Councilmember Shari Spoelman; Mayor Carla Filkins; and City Manager Marcus Peccia; accept the 2014 Region 6 Community Excellence Award (CEA) at the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.
LANSING, Mich. — The city of Cadillac earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 6 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner at the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Cadillac won for its bicycle rental project called Bike Cadillac! The city of Cadillac has put to use the many abandoned and unclaimed bicycles the police department has collected over the past several years. The city takes these bikes, has them refurbished if needed, places decals on them, provides locks, and then rents them for free to visitors and residents in the Cadillac area. People use the bikes on city trails, paths, and roads to travel around Lake Cadillac, visit Mitchell State Park and the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Museum, and/or travel to downtown Cadillac. The exciting and innovative program started in 2013 through a partnership with Mitchell State Park, which is the location of the bike station. The program was a very popular and successful endeavor and plans are now underway to expand it.
Other communities that competed for the Region 6 CEA nomination were Kalkaska, Manistee, Mackinaw City, Alpena, Traverse City, West Branch, and East Tawas.
“This program has added something unique to Cadillac—it invites both residents and visitors to explore and enjoy our beautiful city with absolutely no expense,” said Cadillac Mayor Carla Filkins. “It brings campers from the Mitchell State Park into downtown so they can actually experience what the entire community has to offer. Every time we can bring back an award like this it is a reflection of the people within the community. In this instance it was someone having the vision to create something unique and enjoyable with resources we already had. We’re excited to share our story during the League’s Convention in October.”
The Cadillac project will now go on to compete against the other six regional winners for the statewide CEA title at the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 14-17, 2014, in Marquette. 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.
View and download photos of Cadillac and the other CEA regional winners in this Michigan Municipal League set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157642695397735/.
For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.