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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Rogers City Wins Region 6 Community Excellence Award

Community’s Placemaking Efforts Now in Running for Statewide Honor


Accepting the Region 6 CEA Nomination from Rogers City are Mayor Pro-Tem Deb Greene, City Manager Mark Slown, Councilmember Gary Nowak, Mayor Beach Hall and Councilmember Dana La Bar. For additional photos from the CEA competition go here.

LANSING, Michigan – Rogers City earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 6 Community Excellence (CEA) Award winner at the Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The region includes all communities in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula.

The placemaking effort includes a streetscape upgraded with people-friendly amenities including new LED lighting, ADA ramps, flower baskets, and way-finding signage. Ten percent of the city’s existing downtown storefronts opened with new destination businesses in 2012. New events, programs and amenities to bring people downtown include recreational trails and pocket parks, a new downtown museum annex, two new public art projects and several exciting new library programs. Social life has been enhanced with such festivities as “Martin Mania,” a downtown street dance to celebrate nature and help at-risk children. The effort has paid off with as many as 100 new jobs in a city of 2,782 people.

“It is small town activism at its best,” said Mayor Beach Hall. “We’ve been concentrating for several years on building back our downtown, and it’s working. We’ve got new things happening, new storefronts and new businesses going in.

“We’re definitely on an upturn and it’s largely been through community activism on the part of the city in encouraging entrepreneurship and developing the downtown.”

City Manager Mark Slown also credited the success to new cooperative economic development efforts between local city and county governments and private businesses.

Rogers 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.

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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