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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2011

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or mbach@mml.org

Southfield Wins Region 1 Nomination in League Competition

City’s 'field Zone Youth Center Now in Running for Statewide Community Excellence Award

 

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From left: Bill Cooper, Hamtramck city manager and Region 1 official; presents the Region 1 Community Excellence Award to Lauren S. King, executive director for the 'field Zone and Peter Banks, operations coordinator for the 'field Zone.

HAMTRAMCK, Michigan (May 9, 2011) - After an initial three-way tie (a first in CEA history), Southfield's ’field Zone Youth Center came away the winner of the Region 1 Community Excellence Award (CEA). The Region 1 meeting was held in Hamtramck on Friday, May 6.

The event was the second of seven regional seminars in the 2011 League Tour leading up the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 4-7 in Grand Rapids. Southfield now joins West Branch as a CEA finalist. The next CEA finalist will be selected Wednesday during the Region 3 meeting in Ludington.

Southfield was among four communities vying for the peer-selected Region 1 CEA award in a spirited competition involving communities in the southeastern portion of the state.
“It was a very close competition and shows the quality of projects that were presented,” said Alpena Mayor and League Board President Carol Shafto.

Southfield’s ’field Zone Youth Center is a collaborative effort that provides an after-school place for youth to showcase their talent in leadership, recreation, creativity, community involvement, academics, technology, arts and music. This center is quickly becoming the “hub” of community activity, and is open to middle school and high school students, who reside in or attend the city of Southfield and Lathrup Village schools, said Lauren S. King, executive director for the ’field Zone.

“The greatest thing about this award is that it shows that in Southfield, we have been able to put together a program that other communities can duplicate,” King said. “The ’field Zone can be replicated because it was not created by just one element of the city or one corporate sponsor, it was everybody coming together as a community collaborative. It involved the civic leaders, police, schools, corporations, community foundations and government all working together on behalf of our youth!”
The other projects vying for the award were:

  • The city of Brighton’s downtown development project where decisions on converting a former bank led to $4 million in investment, including a new park and mixed-use development.
  • Farmington Hills’ sustainability efforts in constructing a new city hall has led to a Gold LEED certification and $27 monthly electric bills. 
  • Sterling Heights’ collaboration between local, and regional business and civic leaders, and the state, to keep the doors open on an assembly plant that was a major economic driver.

Southfield will now compete against the other six regional CEA winners for the statewide CEA honor at the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 4-7, 2011 in Grand Rapids. Read more about this peer-selected “Race for the Cup” contest that recognizes outstanding community services, projects and programs.



For more information contact, Matt Bach, communications director for the Michigan Municipal League at (734) 669-6317 or mbach@mml.org.

 

The Michigan Municipal 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.


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