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


Marcus Peccia Receives Community Builder Award

Michigan Municipal League Honors Cadillac Official for Placemaking Leadership

LANSING, Michigan – Cadillac City Manager Marcus Peccia was honored Tuesday with the Community Builder Award by the Michigan Municipal League. He received the award during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 21 in Lansing.

Peccia was recognized for his outstanding work and leadership in making placemaking happen in his community—Cadillac. Placemaking is the concept of capitalizing on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being.

“Marcus has been a placemaking pioneer in not only his community, Cadillac, but in Michigan, demonstrating how a passionate city staff person can be the lynchpin in transforming a downtown,” said Katharine Czarnecki, who presented the award to Peccia Tuesday. Czarnecki is senior vice president of community development for the Michigan Economic Development Commission.

Peccia, working with other community leaders, faculty from Michigan State University, and League staff, led Cadillac through a collaborative process to develop a new vision, titled Cadillac Commons, for its lakefront downtown as part of the MSHDA-sponsored PlacePlans program.

As Cadillac's City Manager, he has been involved in a leadership role regarding a variety of community development-related projects, and has most notably collaborated with the City's Downtown Development Authority, and City Council and staff, in leading two back-to-back crowdfunding campaigns to help make the development of Cadillac Commons a reality.

These successful crowdfunding campaigns were through the Public Spaces Community Places program, which is a partnership involving MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and the crowdfunding platform Patronicity. Those campaigns have supplemented investments by the city, the downtown development authority, Baker College, state agencies, philanthropies and the private sector to make the Commons vision a reality.

Peccia took the post as Cadillac's city manager in November 2009, and has more than 18 years of municipal experience. He is a member of numerous professional and community organizations, including the International City/County Management Association, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Municipal Executives, and he is a Rotarian. In addition, he is currently a trustee on the Michigan Municipal League Board, a member of the League’s Municipal Services Committee, and a member of the State’s Local Agency Wetland Mitigation Bank Advisory Board. Peccia and his wife, Renée, have two young children. 

About the Community Builder Award: This award honors individuals whose leadership creates positive community change. Through efforts such as encouraging civic engagement, supporting up-and-coming leaders, fostering good working relationships, and thinking strategically, they make their community a place where people truly love to live and work.

For photos of Peccia receiving this award go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Recipients” album on flickr: 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/

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

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