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Community Excellence Award Race for the Cup

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About the Award


Every year, the Michigan Municipal League’s peer-nominated Community Excellence Award competition recognizes transformational ideas and innovative solutions to the many challenges facing communities.

Over the years, the CEA program has evolved to feature a growing number of place-based projects and initiatives that are having a profound socioeconomic impact on communities in each of the state’s seven regions.

Click here to see PowerPoints and videos from past CEA entries.

How it Works

Last year we transitioned to a less formal "elevator pitch" style presentation for initial entries at the regional level during Capital Conference. 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.

Remember, giving a five-minute, “elevator pitch” style presentation at your Regional Roundtable is the ONLY way to enter! 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 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. ,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.

See below for more caption details.

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

WINNER: Region 7: Depot Park revitalization - Ironwood Mayor Kim Corcoran

See all the final presentations here.

Media Coverage:

Imlay City’s SEED Group now in Race to the Cup

Tri City Times, 4/17/13

New Baltimore's positive aspects highlighted for MML

New Baltimore Voice Newspapers, 4/26/13

Food Project has West MI City In Michigan Municipal League's Race for the Cup

Mlive, 4/16/13

Michigan road funding: Democrats eye prevailing wage guarantee, seek ...

Rogers City receives MML Excellence Award

Alpena News, 4/14/13

Linden, Holly, Fenton's Shiawassee River trail project wins regional MML

Mlive- Flint, 4/15/13

Snyder tackles tough topics at state municipal conference

Crain's Detroit Business, 4/11/13

Michigan Cities Want More State Revenue Sharing

WILX, 4/11/13

Senate GOP, Snyder: Spare Schools on Labor Deals

Detroit News, 4/10/13

Michigan road funding: Democrats eye prevailing wage guarantee, seek education compromise

MLIVE, 4/11/13

Past Winners

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





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