Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25. 2014
Grandville Wins Region 3 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award
Downtown Streetscape Project Now in Running for Statewide Honor in October
Grandville Mayor Pro Tem Joshua Meringa and former Mayor Jim Buck accept the 2014 Region 3 Community Excellence Award (CEA) at the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.
LANSING, Mich. — The city of Grandville earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner at the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
The city won for its downtown streetscape project that created a more pedestrian-friendly downtown by improving parking, walkability and revitalizing the downtown core. Work included giving Chicago Drive, a former state trunkline, a road diet by narrowing it down from four lanes to two lanes and a center turn lane, adding on-street parking, benches, banners, flower pots and brick pavers, as well as burying power lines under the street. Since the completion of the work, several new businesses have opened in the area, including Grandville’s first microbrewery, and new downtown community events have successfully started and drawn more people to the city.
Region 3 includes all communities in the west-central area of the state’s Lower Peninsula. The other community that competed for the Region 3 CEA nomination was Coopersville.
“The Grandville downtown streetscape effort has been a great project for Grandville and has supported our DDA’s key objectives of improving walkability and downtown parking, revitalizing the core of our downtown, and making downtown more of a destination,” said Grandville Mayor Pro Tem Joshua Meringa, who accepted the award on the city’s behalf along with former, long-time Grandville Mayor Jim Buck. “The Grandville streetscape project has already begun to help generate more activity in our downtown and create a greater sense of place for our community. Receiving the Region 3 CEA nomination means a lot to us and to our project. It’s an honor to represent Region 3 at the League’s Convention in October.”
The Grandville project will now go on to compete against the other six regional winners for the statewide CEA title at the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 14-17, 2014, in Marquette. Grandville’s Clean Water Treatment Plant project won the statewide CEA title in 2012 and if Grandville wins in October, it would be the first community to win the award twice. 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.
View and download photos of Grandville and the other CEA regional winners in this Michigan Municipal League set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157642695397735/.
For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.