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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


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


17 Michigan Projects Compete for Statewide Excellence Award

Free Online voting Now Through July 17 in Michigan Municipal League Program

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

The communities involved in this year’s competition are Auburn Hills, Bay City, Caro, Dearborn, Grand Haven, Howell, Huntington Woods, Kalamazoo, Livonia, Madison Heights, Mason, Mount Clemens, Novi, Pigeon, Rochester Hills, Sandusky, and Vermontville.

The competition includes an online voting component open to the general public, which runs from now through July 17. The online voting, combined with judges’ rankings, will decide the top four projects, that will go on to compete at the League’s 2019 Convention in Detroit, Sept. 25-27. The statewide winner will be decided by Convention attendees and announced Sept. 27.

“We know that creative placemaking projects and programs are happening in Michigan communities all the time. We’re pleased to be able to highlight those efforts through our Community Excellence Award program,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “The public can get involved, too, by voting for their favorite project online and showing their community pride.”

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 2018 winner was Fraser’s McKinley Barrier-Free Park and Playground for People of ALL Abilities. View past winners here.

Communities are encouraged to submit entries on a variety of topics, ranging from civic engagement and innovative delivery of services to placemaking and redevelopment. Here is a look at this year’s 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

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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