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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Ironwood Wins Region 7 Community Excellence Award

Depot Park Now in Running for Statewide Honor in September



Accepting the Region 7 CEA Nomination from Ironwood are City Commissioner Rick Semo, Commissioner Monie Shackleford, Mayor Kim Corcoran, and City Manager Scott Erickson. For additional photos from the CEA competition go here.

LANSING, Michigan – The city of Ironwood earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 7 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner at the Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The region includes all communities in the Upper Peninsula.

The city’s placemaking effort is centered on the revitalization of a railroad depot into a park that promotes health, history, and recreation. The plan is to merge city blocks, add a pavilion, playground equipment, landscaping, volleyball courts and other amenities. The park will also serve as a trail head for non-motorized trails crossing the region.

“Winning the regional CEA title gives us an opportunity to promote our city,” said Mayor Kim Corcoran. “We want to share our vision of the Depot Park as a lively and welcoming community gathering spot.”

The other Region 7 entries were a Complete Streets redesign in Ontonagon and the historic Water Street revitalization in Sault Ste. Marie.

Ironwood 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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