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Grand Haven Earns Community Excellence Award


DEARBORN, Mich. (Sept. 27, 2010) – The city of Grand Haven has won the 2010 Community Excellence Award in the Race for the Cup, by a statewide vote of Michigan Municipal League members.

The annual statewide competition recognizes outstanding community services, projects and programs. It’s the highest award bestowed on a community by the Michigan Municipal League.

Seven finalists – one from each of the League’s seven regions – were chosen as inspiring examples of what Michigan communities can accomplish through dynamic leadership, creative vision and collaborative effort. Grand Haven was selected by popular vote in the Race for the Cup competition during the League’s 112th Annual Convention, Sept. 21-24 in Dearborn.

Grand Haven won for its creative graphic design approach to communicating its annual city goals to both staff and the public at large. Grand Haven's entry, "Vivid and Lively Goals," beat out six other regional winners to claim the Michigan Municipal League's Community Excellence Award. The city's entry emphasized the importance of effective communication of the city council's goals to city staff and the public. Those accepting the award included Grand Haven Mayor Roger A. Bergman; Mayor Pro Tem Mike Fritz; City Manager Pat McGinnis and graphic artists Mary Snedeker.

Other finalists were Harbor Beach; Monroe; Saginaw; the Village of Kingsley; East Lansing; and St. Ignace.