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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Ithaca Wins Region 4 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award

Flower Beautification Project Now in Running for Statewide Honor in October


Ithaca Councilmember L.D. Hollenbeck accepts the 2014 Region 4 Community Excellence Award (CEA) at the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference.

LANSING, Mich. — The city of Ithaca earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 4 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner at the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

The city won for its flower beautification community project. The city of Ithaca has a 12-inch strip of land lining its main street coming into the downtown area. Each year the community gets together to plant flowers along this area as a way to welcome visitors and residents. The project also brings the community together because everyone pitches in on the planting, including students from area schools, flower organizations, nonprofit service groups and many others.

Region 4 includes all communities in the east-central part of the state’s Lower Peninsula, excluding the Thumb.

“Winning the CEA nomination for Region 4 is a great opportunity to show the rest of the state that Ithaca is doing something that not only brings people together, but also builds community pride and provides a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and residents,” said Ithaca City Councilmember J.D. Hollenbeck, who accepted the regional nomination on the city’s behalf during the League’s Capital Conference.

The Ithaca 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. 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 Ithaca and the other CEA regional winners in this Michigan Municipal League set on flickr:

For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or

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.




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