Creative Place-Based Projects in Michigan Compete for Excellence Award

While state government officials in Michigan are drawing criticism for their strange course of actions, local communities continue to do impressive work.

Jackson Armory Arts Village

The city of Jackson won in 2008 for turning a 19th Century prison into a thriving live/work arts village

Twenty communities in Michigan are vying for recognition in the Michigan Municipal League’s Community Excellence Awards (CEA). The CEAs represent some of the best place-based work going on in the Mitten State. The group of 2015 entries highlight amazing local partnerships and the civic leaders who are making them all happen.

Are you looking for a model to retrofit aging big-box retail establishments? We’ve got one. How about a multi-city transportation plan? Well, we’ve got one of those. A model for a citizen led community mural project? Yep, that one too!

Check out this link to see all of the innovative projects from big cities and small towns in transportation, green initiatives, economic development and cultural celebration. And, for the first time ever, you get to vote on your favorite projects! The public gets one online vote per day for each of the four categories.

The awards are highly sought after in Michigan and represent the best the state has to offer. Previous winners represent a wide array of true community excellence.

To find out more about the transformational place-based work in Michigan buy our latest book. It is an easy read and chalk full of ideas and models that anybody can take home to their own special place.