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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


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


Community Excellence Awards Competition Down to Final Four

Projects Involving Fraser, Muskegon, Owosso and Saginaw 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:

  • Fraser – Fraser’s McKinley Barrier-Free Park and Playground for People of ALL Abilities

  • Muskegon – Muskegon’s Western Market

  • Owosso – The Armory Project

  • Saginaw – Downtown Saginaw SVRC Marketplace

“We’d like to thank all the communities that submitted CEA entries this year,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “It’s exciting to see the creativity and ingenuity they exhibit as they work to make their communities inviting and engaging for residents and visitors alike.” 

The finalists were among 15 projects, programs, and initiatives involving 15 Michigan communities vying for the statewide Community Excellence Awards (CEA)—the most prestigious Michigan Municipal League honor bestowed on a community.

Suggested topics for the projects ranged from civic engagement and innovative delivery of services to placemaking and redevelopment. 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 four entries advanced to the final round.

Representatives from the final four will now present their projects at the League’s 2018 Convention in Grand Rapids, Mich, Sept. 20-22. 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 communications, at or 810-874-1073.

About the League: 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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