Community Excellence Awards Highlight Outstanding Place-Based Projects Throughout Michigan

Every year, the Michigan Municipal League’s peer-nominated Community Excellence Award competition recognize transformational ideas and innovative solutions to the many challenges facing communities. Increasingly, these local success stories are place-based projects and initiatives that are having a profound socioeconomic impact on communities in each of the state’s seven regions.

The 2013 CEA winner was Ironwood in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the Depot Park revitalization project has transformed a historic railroad depot into a key focus point in the community. Once completed in its entirety, the park will merge city blocks and add a pavilion, playground equipment, landscaping, volleyball courts, and other amenities in an effort to promote health, history and recreation. The park also serves as a trail head for the vast network of non-motorized trails crisscrossing the region.[vimeo width=”500″ height=”281″]http://vimeo.com/75871619[/vimeo]

The other regional finalists were also outstanding examples of the power of placemaking to transform a community by creating a sense of place and identity while enhancing the quality of life.

Fenton, Holly and Linden’s Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail [vimeo width=”500″ height=”281″]http://vimeo.com/75815125[/vimeo]

St. Joseph’s Silver Beach development [vimeo width=”500″ height=”281″]http://vimeo.com/75958708[/vimeo]

Belding’s Community Garden [vimeo width=”500″ height=”281″]http://vimeo.com/75801094[/vimeo]

DeWitt’s Community Showcase [vimeo width=”500″ height=”281″]http://vimeo.com/75805222[/vimeo]

Imlay City’s SEED economic gardening program [vimeo width=”500″ height=”281″]http://vimeo.com/75803244[/vimeo]

Rogers City’s “Dancin’ Downtown” streetscape and revitalization [vimeo width=”500″ height=”281″]http://vimeo.com/75863100[/vimeo]