Community Excellence Award Race for the Cup
About the Award
The League recognizes innovative solutions through the peer-nominated Community Excellence Award, a spirited competition we affectionately call “The Race for the Cup.”
Last year we transitioned to a less formal "elevator pitch" style presentation for initial entries at the regional level. This makes the competition more accessible and easier for everyone to participate without a lot of time, expense, and expertise required. It also limits unforeseen technical difficulties at all the various meeting locations.
The seven region finalists will go on to the final round at the League's Annual Convention. That's where they’ll get to pull out all the stops for the kind of high-quality, entertaining production that's become such a highlight of the Annual Convention.
Remember, giving a five minute, “elevator pitch” style presentation at your Regional Roundtable is the ONLY way to enter!
How it Works
Competitors are given five minutes to present at their respective Regional Roundtable, held during the Capital Conference in Lansing. Following the presentations, the seminar attendees vote and the winner (for that region) is announced.
The seven region finalists go on to represent their communities in the final round at the League’s Annual Convention, where votes from every attendee are counted, and the winner is announced at the Convention’s final event.
Does Your Community Have What it Takes?
Enter your community in the Race for the Cup if you answer YES to the following questions:
- Does your community have an innovative local success story, program, or project?
- Did this project have a positive impact on your community?
- Could another community adapt this project to meet a similar challenge?
Looking for inspiration? Click here to see slideshows and videos from past CEA presentations.
Congratulations to the 2013 CEA Region Finalists:
The 2013 Regional Finalists at the Michigan Municipal League’s Capital Conference.
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Left to right:
Region 1: Shiawassee River Heritage Trail work - Linden Mayor David Lossing
Region 6: Placemaking efforts - Rogers City Manager Mark Slown
Region 3: Community garden project- Belding Councilmember Andrea Belding
Region 4: Community Showcase program - DeWitt City Manager Daniel Coss
Region 5: SEED Economic Gardening effort - Imlay City Mayor Margaret Guerrero
Region 2: Silver Beach Development Project - St. Joseph Mayor Robert Judd
Region 7: Depot Park revitalization - Ironwood Mayor Kim Corcoran
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Linden, Holly, Fenton's Shiawassee River trail project wins regional MML
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2012 CEA Winner: Grandville
Grandville Accepts the 2012 CEA at the League's Annual Convention
on Mackinac Island
Congratulations Also to the 2012 Region Finalists:
The 2012 Regional Finalists Accept Their Awards at the League's
Annual Capital Conference in Lansing
Left to right:
Region 6: Arts and culture placemaking partnership - Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora
Region 4: Streetscape and placemaking campaign - Durand City Manager Amy Roddy
Region 5: Parks and recreation collaboration - Port Huron Mayor Pauline Repp
Region 1: Riverwalk project - Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan
Region 3: Clean water plant - Grandville Councilmember Joshua Meringa
Region 2: Gateway to Wine Country campaign - Baroda Clerk Diane Mensinger -
Region 7: Water distribution improvement partnership - Bessemer Councilmember Douglas Olsen
2011 Clare's Cops & Doughnuts Bakery
2010 Grand Haven Vivid and Lively Goals
2009 Lathrup Village Timebank Project
2008 Jackson Armory Arts
2007 St. Joseph Community Art Project