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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25. 2014
Fenton Wins Region 1 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award
Fenton officials (from left) Fenton Councilmember Scott Grossmeyer; Curt Catallo of Union Joints; Councilmember David McDermott; Mayor Sue Osborn; City Manager Lynn Markland; Mayor Pro Tem Pat Lockwood; Councilmember Brad Jacob; and Assistant City Manager Michael Burns; accept the 2014 Region 1 Community Excellence Award Nomination during the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference in Lansing.
LANSING, Mich. — The city of Fenton earned top honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 1 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner at the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
The city won for its Fenton Fire Hall project. The city of Fenton had a historic fire hall in the heart of its downtown that was no longer in use and had stood vacant for 10 years. The city of Fenton and Downtown Development Authority established a partnership with a nationally recognized restaurant group, called Union Joints, which focuses on converting historic buildings into eating establishments. The Fenton Fire Hall restaurant is now an extremely popular and successful destination point for people from miles around the Fenton area.
Region 1 includes all communities in the southeastern portion of the state’s Lower Peninsula. Other communities that competed for the Region 1 CEA nomination were Riverview and Eastpointe.
“It’s fantastic for our community to win this award,” said Fenton Mayor Sue Osborn. “We’re so proud and it’s a great honor to be associated with Union Joints. They came into our community and transformed our old fire hall and it has turned into a destination restaurant. If you don’t arrive early, it can be up to a three-hour wait to get in, but the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is unbelievable. I would encourage everyone to come out and taste it--I’m sure you will agree with me.”
The Fenton 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 Fenton 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.