Finalists Announced to Compete for Statewide Community Excellence Award

Matt Bach
Michigan Municipal League
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Projects are from Bridgman, Coldwater, Port Huron and Westland

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Four projects have been selected as finalists to compete for the statewide Community Excellence Award (CEA)—the most prestigious Michigan Municipal League community honor.

The communities whose projects are moving on as finalists are Bridgman, Coldwater, Port Huron and Westland. The League thanks and recognizes each community for their submission.

A small voting board determined this year’s four finalists. These top four projects will go on to compete at the League’s Convention, where they will present their projects on the main stage and market their projects at designated CEA finalist booths. This year’s Convention is taking place in Traverse City October 18-20. Convention attendees will vote for their favorite project, with the project winning the most votes awarded the official Community Excellence Award during the closing general session.

“We are excited to learn more about our finalists’ projects at our Convention this fall,” said Barb Ziarko, the President of the League’s Board of Trustees and Sterling Heights City Councilmember. “Projects like these are helping our state continue to create thriving communities, and we are proud to celebrate them.”

The CEA has been the League’s most prestigious community award since 2007. It’s also affectionately called “The Race for the Cup” because the winning community gets a large trophy and bragging rights for the year. The 2022 winner was the Imagine Cass Project Village of Cassopolis: Small, Rural, and Exceptional, which was submitted by the Village of Cassopolis. View past winners here.

Here is a look at this year’s finalists (click on each project title for additional details):

This year, projects were submitted from the following communities: Bridgman, Coldwater, Hart, Holland, Port Huron, Wayne, Grandville, Meridian Township and Westland. The League thanks and recognizes each community for their submission.

The League will put out a press release following the 2023 Convention announcing this year’s winner.

For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, Assistant Director of Communications and Media, at (810) 874-1073 and [email protected].

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