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Community Excellence Award


How to Enter

CEA Highlights from Past Year

















Community Excellence Award Race for the Cup


Since 2007, the Community Excellence Award (CEA) has been the League's most prestigious community award. To keep the program fresh and relevant, our Board of Trustees requested some changes in 2015. Our goal was to encourage wider participation from communities of all sizes, as well as the submission of projects that mirror the placemaking goals outlined in our Partnership for Place agenda.

The CEA process now takes place primarily online on the CEA website. It's designed to be more exciting and inclusive for our communities. A greater variety of presentation formats allows you to set your creativity free. Open online voting encourages you to trumpet your project to everyone in your community and beyond. And in keeping with tradition, in-person presentations from the finalists will be a highlight of the League's annual convention.

We're looking forward to seeing the creative place-based projects that are having a positive impact on Michigan communities. Please check out the new CEA website and get started!

Past CEA Winners

Looking for inspiration? Click here to see slideshows and videos from past CEA presentations.

Congratulations to the 2014 CEA Winner

Congratulations to the 2014 CEA Regional Finalists

The 2014 Regional Finalists at the Michigan Municipal League’s Capital Conference.

See below for details.


Region 1: Fenton's Fire Hall project

Region 2: Metro Connection-Greater Lansing Shared Services Fire Initiative project, submitted by six Lansing-area jurisdictions

Region 3: Grandville's downtown streetscape project

Region 4: This region did not have a finalist competing at the statewide level this year.

Region 5:  Harbor Beach's self-performed dredging project

Region 6: Cadillac's bicycle rental project called Bike Cadillac!

Region 7: Gladstone After-School Ski Hill Program

See all the final presentations here after 2014 Convention.

Media Coverage:

Fenton Wins Community Excellence Award
Tri County Times, 3/29/2014

Greater Lansing Shared Service Fire Initiative Wins Region 2 CEA Award
City of East Lansing, 2014

Harbor Beach wins excellence award
Huron County View, 3/27/2014

Grandville’s downtown streetscape project might earn city second CEA, 3/31/2014

Complementary bike program nets Cadillac MML award, 3/26/2014

Skill hill wins top honors Michigan Municipal League CEA
Upper Michigan Source TV 6 Fox UP, 3/26/2014

Municipal League Honors Gladstone Program
Escanaba Daily Press, 3/27/2014

Gladstone skill hill enjoys banner year
Marquette Mining Journal, 3/31/2014

Gladstone Wins Region 7 Michigan Municipal League CEA Award
City of Gladstone, 3/26/2014

Fenton Wins Region 1 Michigan Municipal League CEA Award
Fenton Be Closer, 3/25/2014


Past Winners


2013 Ironwood Railroad Depot Park

2012 Grandville Clean Water Treatment Plant

2011 Clare's Cops & Doughnuts Bakery

2010 Grand Haven Vivid and Lively Goals

2009 Lathrup Village Timebank Project

2008 Jackson Armory Arts

2007 St. Joseph Community Art Project





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