Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19. 2013
Westland Showcased for Community Excellence
Core Shopping and Dining District Recognized at Statewide Conference
LANSING, Michigan – The city of Westland 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.
Westland’s Core Shopping and Dining District was among seven presentations at the League’s Region 1 Roundtable, which includes all communities in the southeastern portion of the lower peninsula. The winning Region 1 entry was the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail “Come Paddle With Us” joint submission by the communities of Fenton, Holly and Linden. The other Region 1 nominations were Eastpointe’s Service Line Affordable Protection Program; New Baltimore’s “Make New Baltimore Your Destination”, Plymouth’s Northville-Plymouth Fire Agreement, Rochester’s Main Street Makeover and Grosse Pointe’s Wellness Center and Patient Facility.
Westland Mayor William R. Wild said the community was able to make a significant investment in its core shopping and dining district by utilizing dollars to purchase a 67,000square-foot building that has been vacant for many years. Because of this $15 million investment by the city, the area has experienced a large amount of positive change and investment by others.
“By moving our city hall into this vacant big box building, we will free up 14 acres of prime property on Ford Road,” Wild said. “There will be no cost to our residents for this investment and it’s a project that will have a long-term impact on our entire city.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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