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Contact:
Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 18, 2015

Community Excellence Award Winner is Westland

Runner-Up Projects Involved Jackson, Auburn Hills, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Rochester Hills, Pontiac, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Berkley, Orion Township, Oakland County

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – A project that turned a vacant Circuit City building into the new Westland City Hall won the 2015 statewide Community Excellence Award (CEA). The award is the highest community honor given by the Michigan Municipal League membership.

There were four finalists and the top CEA honor was awarded Friday afternoon at the conclusion of the Michigan Municipal League’s Convention in Traverse City.

“There were four incredible projects and the competition was very stiff, but what makes us proud is this is voted on by our peers,” said Westland Mayor William Wild. “When you see other municipalities that know how hard these projects are to pull off and to be recognized by them is something we appreciate and I know the residents of Westland appreciate it as well.”

Westland City Council President James Godbout said the Westland City Hall Big Box Retrofit was a major endeavor that involved significant community input. The Westland community is very proud of the project and the award will help bring statewide recognition to it as well.

“We actually have two other facilities that we’ve repurposed as a result of what we did at city hall and are in the process of opening those as new facilities within Westland,” Godbout said. “So it’s absolutely replicable and I would encourage people in other communities to look at doing similar projects in their communities.”

The four finalists were among 16 projects, programs, and initiatives involving more than 20 Michigan communities vying for the statewide Community Excellence Award (CEA)—the most prestigious Michigan Municipal League honor.

This year’s Race for the Cup projects were divided into four categories: Funding for the Future, Michigan in Motion, Place for Talent, and Strength in Structure – the category that Westland was in. Each entry was ranked by a panel of judges, and the public had a chance to weigh in through an online voting component. The top entry in each category advanced to the final round that took place at the League’s Convention in Traverse City.

Joining Westland as the four finalists in the statewide Community Excellence Awards (CEA) competition were:

Representatives from the final four presented their projects at the League’s 2015 Convention in Traverse City, Sept. 16-18. After hearing the presentations, Convention attendees voted for their favorite project, and the winner was awarded the coveted CEA Trophy Cup at the conclusion of the Convention. View past CEA winners here.

For photos of the League board members go to the “Award Winners and Honors” album in this Michigan Municipal League collection on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/collections/72157658108221841/. Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Flickr Photo Michigan Municipal League/mml.org.

About the League: 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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