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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Lansing Area Project Wins Region 2 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award

Metro Connection Fire Service Initiative Now in Running for Statewide Honor in October


Lansing area officials (from left) Delhi Township Manager John Elsinga; East Lansing Clerk Marie Wicks; East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett; Delhi Township Interim Fire Chief Brian Ball; and Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope; accept the 2014 Region 2 Community Excellence Award (CEA).

LANSING, Mich. —A joint entry by six Lansing-area jurisdictions earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 2 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner at the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

The winning project is the Metro Connection: A Greater Lansing Shared Services Fire Initiative. In this project, six Lansing-area jurisdictions participated in a shared public services study that has led to unprecedented trust building, costs-savings and efficiencies between the fire departments from the cities of Lansing and East Lansing and the townships of Meridian, Lansing, Delta, and Delhi.

Region 2 includes all communities in the south-central and southwestern portions of the Lower Peninsula. Other communities that competed for the Region 2 CEA nomination were Mason, Hastings, Sturgis, Lansing, and South Haven.

“It’s very gratifying to win and have this unprecedented collaborative effort recognized by our peers,” said East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett. “It’s been a lot of work by managers, chiefs and elected officials to put this together. This recognition is a great boost to our ongoing efforts to improve public safety and build a more efficient fire service across our region. I feel good about our chances (to win in Marquette), we have a very strong project. It’s a great example of how communities can succeed, despite difficult budget times, by working together.”

The joint 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 the Lansing-area project winners 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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