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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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League Wins Diamond Awards for Magazine, Crowdfunding Work

Michigan Municipal League Also Receives Gold Award for 'Great Revenue Sharing Heist' Campaign

LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan Municipal League received three awards recently in the 2014 Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Annual Diamond Awards contest.

The League earned the highest honor—a Diamond Award—for its Review magazine in the magazine publishing category for associations with budgets of $1 million and greater. The League also received a Diamond Award in the innovative collaboration category for its crowdfunding work. In addition, a Gold Award in the government relations project category went to the League for its “Great Revenue Sharing Heist” information campaign. The awards were announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in a ceremony in Rochester.

“The League has been extremely busy in the last year serving our members and working on a wide range of programs, issues and projects. Being recognized in this way for some of that work is truly an honor,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director for the Michigan Municipal League. “To win two Diamond Awards and a gold award reflects a commitment to excellence among our board and staff.”

The contest requirements for the magazine category called for sending in two consecutive issues of the magazine and the League submitted the March/April 2014 “Muskegon: A Citizen Love Affair” and May/June 2014 “Resiliency: What Is It, and Why Do You Need It?” editions. The innovative collaboration category focuses on win/win situations created between groups working together to achieve a strategic goal. The League’s crowdfunding effort included partnering with private for-profit businesses and a state agency—the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), which is behind the Pure Michigan effort.

“Our crowdfunding work generated a tremendous amount of excitement and media coverage,” said the League’s Summer Minnick, who leads the crowdfunding project for the League. “But more importantly, there already have been multiple successful crowdfunding raises in Michigan. We see this work as an excellent opportunity to give an economic boost to businesses and communities.”

The Gold Award for the League’s revenue sharing work was in the government relations project category, which recognizes savvy development and implementation of a project.

The 13th Annual Diamond Awards is a program that recognizes the excellence, innovation, and achievements in the association industry and honors outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the association profession. This is the third consecutive year in which the League has won at least one Diamond Award. The League won two honors, including one Diamond Award for the magazine in 2013; and three honors in 2012, including two Diamond Awards and the 2012 Strategic Association Leader Award going to Gilmartin.

This year, 38 entries competed in ten categories within two budget divisions. Entries were carefully reviewed and judged by a panel of established association leaders, specialists, and professionals within each category. The judges’ scores were averaged and the entry that met the threshold received a Diamond Award in their respective category. An organization cannot win more than two Diamond Awards per year.

“The Diamond Award represents the best of the best in Michigan's association industry,” said Cheryl Ronk, CAE, CMP, president and CEO of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. “Michigan Municipal League's innovative collaboration through crowdfunding and its magazine, The Review, are now exemplary models for other associations to borrow brilliance.”

For more information contact Matt Bach, League Director of Media Relations, at 734-669-6317 or

MSAE exists to ensure a knowledgeable, professional, and successful association community. The organization has served the association management and meetings industries since 1927. Today it functions as an information resource and professional network for more than 700 executives in Michigan's association and nonprofit communities.

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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