The Community Excellence Award (CEA) is the League’s most prestigious community award. It is your opportunity to highlight local success stories and best practices, and to share innovative community programs or projects on a statewide platform.

All submissions and voting are done online. The top four projects – based on online votes and ranking by a panel of experts – will go on to compete at Convention. Suggested topics for project entries include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Civic Engagement* – encouraging and providing unique ways for citizens to participate in the development and improvement of their community
  • Innovative Delivery of Services – providing residents with city services in new and different ways
  • Intergovernmental Cooperation – partnering with neighboring communities to combine services in order to save money and improve performance
  • Placemaking* – developing a community’s place-based assets to attract and retain talent, residents, and businesses
  • Redevelopment – creating new and better uses for existing properties

* For more details on placemaking, along with examples in Michigan communities, please visit placemaking.mml.org/how-to

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Contact
Liesl Green
e-mail – lgreen@mml.org
phone – 734-669-6311


Rules for submission

  • One (1) project per community may be submitted.
  • You may submit any/all of the following forms of online presentations:
    • 150 word description
    • Up to 4 photos of the project
    • 90 second video pitch
    • PowerPoint of no more than 10 slides (PDF version)
  • Suggested topics for project entries include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Civic Engagement* – encouraging and providing unique ways for citizens to participate in the development and improvement of their community
    • Innovative Delivery of Services – providing residents with city services in new and different ways
    • Intergovernmental Cooperation – partnering with neighboring communities to combine services in order to save money and improve performance
    • Placemaking* – developing a community’s place-based assets to attract and retain talent, residents, and businesses
    • Redevelopment – creating new and better uses for existing properties
  • League member municipality must support or endorse the project.
  • Include your community name in the project title so online voters can easily locate your project.

Voting Procedure

  • Voters will be able to view your online submission (150 word description, photos, video, and/or PowerPoint).
  • One (1) vote will be allowed per day.
  • Voting will constitute 25 percent of a project’s final score.

Panel of Experts

  • Projects will be evaluated and ranked by a panel of experts in four areas:
    • Votes
    • Replicability
    • Creativity
    • Community Impact
  • The panel of experts’ ranking will constitute 75 percent of a project’s final score.

2017 Timeline

April 3 – Begin submitting projects.

June 15 – Project submission deadline.

June 30 – Voting begins online.

July 30 – Voting ends.

Aug. 1 – Announce the top project in each category that will compete at Convention.

Sept. 1 – Final presentation due date for Convention.

Sept. 13-15 – Finalist presentations at Convention; Race for the Cup winner announced.


Convention Presentation & Voting

Presentation: Project teams invited to participate in the Welcoming General Session at Convention must present for no more than 7 minutes. Format of the presentation can be DVD/video, PowerPoint, and/or verbal.

Voting: Peer voting for the winner will begin immediately following the general session. After voting is complete, representatives from Plante Moran will tally the votes and determine the winner. The Race for the Cup winner will be announced during the Closing General Session.


Benefits

  • Convention – Finalists present their projects to their peers at the League’s annual Convention; winner becomes the proud owner of the engraved cup for the year .
  • Press coverage – State and local media are notified of winners and finalists, as well as details of their projects.
  • Website presence:
    • League Home Page  Winner is profiled, finalists are mentioned
    • CEA Website – Winner and finalists receive top billing; all projects are available on the site to inspire other communities.
  • Magazine coverage in The Review:
    • Winner is highlighted in a cover story in the January/February issue
    • Finalists are highlighted in feature stories throughout the year
  • Further promotion – All projects are potential subjects for case studies, magazine articles, and more.
  • Capital Conference – The winner launches the CEA program for the new year!