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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Harbor Beach Wins Region 5 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award

Emergency Dredging Work Now in Running for Statewide Honor in October


Harbor Beach officials (from left) Mayor Gary S. Booms; Director Ron Wruble; and Mayor Pro Tem Al Kleinknecht, accept the 2014 Region 5 Community Excellence Award (CEA) at the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.

LANSING, Mich. — The city of Harbor Beach earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 5 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner at the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

The city of Harbor Beach won for its self-performed dredging project. With water levels on the Great Lakes being so low last summer, many communities like Harbor Beach had to do emergency dredging in order to accommodate boats in its municipal marina. The city owns and operates a 114-slip marina on Lake Huron in the thumb of Michigan. Harbor Beach received grant funding assistance from the Department of Natural Resources-Waterways to do the dredging. The city administered the dredging project using its own equipment and personnel.

“This project shows what people can do together in a time of need,” said Harbor Beach Mayor Gary Booms. “I am extremely proud of all those involved in this dredging effort that had a significant, positive impact on our community and marina. We are honored to receive the Region 5 CEA nomination from our community peers.”  Region 5 includes all communities in the Thumb.

The Harbor Beach 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 Harbor Beach and the other CEA regional winners in this Michigan Municipal League set on flickr:

For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or

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.




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