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


Albion Showcased for Community Excellence

City’s Historic Water Street Recognized at Statewide Conference
Crowell School Project Recognized at Statewide Conference

LANSING, Michigan – The city of Albion was among 27 communities showcased on April 9 at the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition during the League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing.

The city’s Crowell School project was one of four presentations at the League’s Region 2 Roundtable, which includes all communities in the south-central and southwestern portions of the lower peninsula. The winning Region 2 entry was St. Joseph’s Silver Beach Development Project. The other Region 2 nominations were South Haven’s Kal Haven Trail Extension and Williams Street reconstruction project; and the 3B’s Agri-Tourism Ignition effort jointly submitted by the communities of Bridgman, Baroda, and Berrien Springs.

The city of Albion came together with Albion Public Schools, Albion Senior Center, and Kellogg Community College, to house operations in an old school that was slated to be closed and vacant, said Albion City Manager Dan Bishop.

“By working together, we kept the old Crowell School a viable neighborhood asset, saved the school district $70,000 annually, and housed different entities with similar operations under one roof,” Bishop said.

The 27 communities participating in this year’s CEA competition are Region 1 (southeast Michigan): Eastpointe, Linden/Fenton/Holly; Grosse Pointe, New Baltimore, Plymouth, Rochester, and Westland; Region 2 (central and southwest Michigan): Albion, Baroda/Bridgman/Berrien Springs, South Haven and St. Joseph; Region 3 (central-west Michigan): Belding and Whitehall; Region 4 (mid-Michigan): DeWitt, Ithaca and Mt. Pleasant; Region 5 (the thumb): Harbor Beach, Imlay City and Lexington; Region 6 (northern portion of the lower peninsula): Rogers City; and Region 7 (upper peninsula): Ironwood, Ontonagon, and Sault Ste. Marie. The winners from each region will now go on to compete for the statewide CEA title during the League’s Annual Convention September 18-20 in Detroit. The seven regional winners are Linden/Fenton/Holly, St. Joseph, Belding, DeWitt, Imlay City, Rogers City, and Ironwood.

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 communities.

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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