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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Community Excellence Awards Competition Down to Final Four

Projects Involving Ann Arbor, Beaverton, Gibraltar, Hazel Park, Washtenaw County in Final Round


ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The final four projects in the statewide Community Excellence Awards (CEA) competition have been selected and now move on to the final round in September.

The finalists in the Michigan Municipal League contest are:

“We’d like to thank all the communities that submitted CEA entries this year,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “It was truly an outstanding field and a fantastic window into the many outstanding programs, activities and initiatives taking place throughout our state.”

The finalists were among 13 projects, programs, and initiatives involving 14 Michigan communities vying for the statewide Community Excellence Awards (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. Each entry was ranked by a panel of judges, and the public had a chance to weigh in through an online voting component. The projects’ final score was based on the judges’ ranking (75 percent) and online voting (25 percent). The top entry in each category advanced to the final round.

Representatives from the final four will now present their projects at the League’s 2016 Convention on Mackinac Island, Sept. 14-16. After hearing the presentations, Convention attendees will vote for their favorite project and the winner will be awarded the coveted CEA Trophy Cup at the conclusion of the Convention.

For more information, contact Matt Bach, director of media relations, at or 810-874-1073.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The 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. Learn more at





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