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


20 Michigan Projects Compete for Statewide Excellence Award

Free Online Voting Now Through July 30 in Michigan Municipal League Program

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Twenty projects, programs, and initiatives involving communities throughout Michigan are vying for the statewide Community Excellence Awards (CEA)—the most prestigious Michigan Municipal League community honor.

The communities involved in this year’s competition are Big Rapids, Birmingham, Cadillac, Camden, Flint, Grand Blanc, Hudsonville, Imlay City, Jackson, Mason, Milan, Norton Shores, Novi, Oak Park (two entries), Roscommon, Walker, Wayne (City), Wyoming, and Ypsilanti.

The competition includes an online voting component open to the general public, which runs from now through July 30. The online voting, combined with judges’ rankings, will decide the top four projects, which will go on to compete at the League’s 2017 Convention in Holland, Sept. 13-15. The statewide winner will be decided by Convention attendees and announced Sept. 15.

“We are impressed with the number of placemaking projects and initiatives happening in Michigan’s communities. This program aims to recognize those efforts,” said Dan Gilmartin, the League’s executive director and CEO. “In addition, for the third year now, we’re opening this competition up to the public by offering online voting. Now everyone can take part in helping promote the innovative things happening in their communities.”

Since 2007, the CEA has been the League’s most prestigious community award. It’s also affectionately called the Race for the Cup because the winning community gets a large trophy as bragging rights for the year. The 2016 winner was the Beaverton Activity Center  project. View past winners here.

This year, to make it easier for communities to enter, we eliminated the categories and instead provided suggested topics. The topics range from civic engagement and innovative delivery of services to placemaking and redevelopment. Here is a look at the projects (click on each project title for additional details):

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (734) 669-6317 and

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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