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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;


Imlay City Wins Region 5 Community Excellence Award

SEED Economic Gardening Program Now in Running for Statewide Honor in September



Accepting the Region 5 CEA Nomination from Imlay City are D. Wayne O’Neal, city manager; Kim Marrone, DDA Director; and Mayor Margaret Guerrero. For additional photos from the CEA competition go here.

LANSING, Michigan – Imlay City earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 5 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner at the Michigan Municipal League 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The region includes all communities in the Thumb.

The city’s economic gardening program began in the fall of 2010 with the development of a strategic process to foster growth in the key areas of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and overall economic development, or SEED. Growth is fostered through continuous networking events, Entrepreneur Meet Ups, educational workshops and other initiatives.

“The goal is to position Imlay City so that the creation of jobs will be sustainable and Imlay City will continue to be a desirable place for the citizens of our community,” said City Manager D. Wayne O’Neal.

Mayor Margaret Guerrero also praised the program as an enhancement for the entire region.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our economic development and to increase the entrepreneurs in the Thumb area,” said Guerrero.

City officials also credited local business owners for their involvement and ongoing input in the types of training and events needed, making it easier for the city to plan speakers and workshops geared to meet those needs.

Imlay City will now go on to compete against the other six regional winners for the statewide CEA at the League’s Annual Convention Sept. 17-20, 2013, in Detroit. The CEA program, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships.

The other Region 5 entries included Lexington’s tradition of volunteerism, and Harbor Beach’s interpretive sign project.

For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or

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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