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


DeWitt Wins Region 4 Community Excellence Award

Community Showcase Event Now in Running for Statewide Honor in September



Accepting the Region 4 CEA Nomination from the City of DeWitt is DeWitt City Manager Daniel Coss. For additional photos from the CEA competition go here.

LANSING, Michigan – The city of DeWitt earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 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 east-central part of the state’s Lower Peninsula, excluding the Thumb.

The city won for its First Annual 2012 DeWitt Community Showcase event. The Showcase took place in April of 2012 and is a true definition of collaboration in the finest form. The event featured the cooperation of three different jurisdictions—the city of DeWitt, DeWitt Township and DeWitt Public Schools. The event was held at the DeWitt High School and was an opportunity for area businesses, students and community civic groups to “show-off” to the community what they had to offer. The event was free for all who participated and featured a Taste of DeWitt, student art pieces, student performances and more than 100 exhibits by area businesses and civic groups. The event drew more than 2,000 area residents.

“Receiving the Region 4 CEA nomination is a nice way for us to show off some of the things we have going on inside our region to the rest of the state, and it’s something we’re very proud of,” said DeWitt City Manager Daniel Coss. “I think of our Community Showcase as an event that any community in any part of the state of Michigan could replicate and make their own. We hope our event inspires others.”

DeWitt competed for the Region 4 title against Mt. Pleasant’s Access Adventure Trail project. DeWitt 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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