2012 CONVENTION VIDEOS: Community Excellence Award Presentations

Region 3

CEA Award-winning Grandville’s expansion and renovation project created a clean water plant that incorporates innovative wastewater treatment technology.


Region 1

Utica’s Riverwalk was funded by the Downtown Development Authority, envisioned by Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, and brought to reality by the city’s Department of Public Works. The amenity is both an economic driver and grand asset to the quality of life for Utica, connecting the city’s Memorial Park as the centerpiece of its historic Main Street with Auburn Road and its unique riverfront.


Region 2

The village is actively working on reinventing the region into a true destination as the “Gateway to Wine Country” for its region in the south-central and southwestern Lower Peninsula.


Region 4

Durand is working to renovate and revitalize its community with a placemaking campaign built around the city’s new streetscape project and its legacy image as a railroad community.


Port Huron
Region 5

The Port Huron Recreation Department piloted a new and unique program partnering with Fort Gratiot, Port Huron Township and Clyde Township to provide a cooperative system that would allow their residents to participate in city recreation programs at resident rates with the townships providing the cost difference in exchange.


Region 6

Alpena used a $20,000 pilot grant from the League’s Center for 21st Century Communities (21c3) to partner with Michigan Arts and Culture, Northeast (MACNE) on a cultural economic development project to promote the area as an arts and culture destination to drive economic development and enhance quality of life while creating a true sense of place.


Region 7

Bessemer has worked successfully to establish an efficient and effective working relationship between the city and the Gogebic Range Water Authority to improve the area’s water distribution infrastructure.




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