City Awards

A strong commitment by both city leaders and active community members has helped Marquette to become one of the nation’s premier cities. Marquette’s efforts towards continuous improvement have been rewarded through a series of national recognitions. These awards include Marquette’s designation as one of “America’s Most Livable Communities,” its involvement in Michigan’s “Cool Cities” initiative, and its receipt of the “All-American City” award.
 
   
Washington, D.C. – Embargoed until May 14, 2014 – As thousands participate in Bike to Work Week nationwide, the League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community℠ (BFC) awards, including The City of Marquette at the silver level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community.
   
2012 In April 2012, Marquette was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree City USA" community for its commitment to urban forestry. The City has proudly earned this national designation for 31 years! [Read More]
   
2011 Marquette was recently recognized as one of the top five places to retire by CNN/Money. [Read More]
   
2011 Outdoor Life Magazine has ranked Marquette in the top ten percent of their “Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen” in their May 2011 issue. The magazine showcased towns that not only offer excellent opportunities for hunting and fishing, but also provide good-paying jobs, a reasonable cost of living, low population density, good schools and overall quality of life.
   
2011 In April 2011, Marquette was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree City USA" community for its commitment to urban forestry. The City has proudly earned this national designation for 30 years! [Read More]
   
2011 In March 2011, Marquette was named one of the top micropolitans by Site Selection Magazine. The U.S. Census Bureau defines a micropolitan area as a rural county whose largest city does not exceed a population of 50,000. Five communities, including Marquette, tied for the #20 spot, out of a total of 576 micropolitan areas in the nation. [Read Article]
   
2011 In January 2011, the City of Marquette was recognized as one of the "Ten Winter Wonderlands for Retirement" by U.S. World & News & World Report. The magazine's staff sought out wintery locations that offer other amenities including access to hospitals and medical care, affordable housing, and a reasonable cost of living. [Read Article]
 
National Medal for Museum and Library Service The Peter White Public Library has won the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from The Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS). IMLS has selected five museums and five libraries to receive the 2010 National Medal. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. [Read the IMLS Article] [View Official Press Release]
 
2010 In October 2010, Forbes announced their “Ten Best Small Cities to Raise a Family,” and Marquette was designated #3 in the nation. In reaching their decision, Forbes.com reviewed multiple quality-of-life measures that make living easier for families with a population under 100,000. [Read the Article]
 
2010 Presented by the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business, eCities named Marquette a "Five-Star Top Performing Entrepreneurial Community." The University of Michigan-Dearborn Center for Innovation Research (iLabs) states, "these communities demonstrate that they understand what small businesses need to be successful by communicating with them and providing connections to broader resources and insight on trends. " [Read the Article]
 
Bike Friendly Community Designation
Marquette was designated a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists in April 2010.
 
Fan Favorite Distinctive Destination
Marquette has been named the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations Fan Favorite. Marquette swept the voting competition with over 35% of the votes! [Nomination Video]
   
Transportation Asset Mgmt Award
The City of Marquette was selected to receive an Organizational Achievement Award from the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council at the Michigan Transportation Asset Management U.P. Conference, held in Marquette on October 27, 2009.
   
Entrepreneurial Cities Award
Marquette was named one of five communities that are "2009 top performers at attracting and retaining entrepreneurial firms" in a study by researchers at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business.
   
Marcom Award
The City of Marquette’s marketing video, “A 21st Century City: Marquette, Michigan” has been named a Gold Award Winner in the MarCom 2009 International Awards competition. [Play Video]
   
MML Community of Excellence
In 2009, the City of Marquette won the regional Municipal League’s Community Excellence Awards Race for the Cup. The League instituted the awards program in 2008 to recognize municipalities that develop innovative projects or programs that have a positive impact in their communities. The City of Marquette won the Region 7 competition; Region 7 is comprised of the entire Upper Peninsula.
   
200 Best Towns for Outdoorsman
In March 2008, Outdoors Life Magazine chose the City of Marquette as number seven of "200 Best Towns for Outdoorsmen". Among the criteria for the chosen towns were "places that offer world-class hunting and fishing, easy access to public land and water and vibrant economies that remain affordable and hospitable."
   
Finance Award
The City of Marquette's Finance Department has received an award for excellence in reporting for the past 22 years. The City of Marquette was given this award from the Government Finance Officers' Association of the U.S. and Canada.
   
2009 Bike Magazine names Marquette as the number one place in the U.S. to bike and Live
   
2008 Michigan Top Ten Travel designation
   
2008 Michigan Urban and Community Forestry Award
   
2008 Named by U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of 10 Great Places to Retire for Winter Sports Nuts
   
2008 Disney Family.com and Coastal Living magazine gave the area special recognition for its stunning natural beauty and quality of life.
   
2007 American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award Riparian Buffers - Water's Natural Defense - Marquette, MI
   
2006 Named by AskDeb.com one of seven best “Retirement Places Near Winter Sports”
   
2005 Marquette Golf and Country Club Greywalls course received several highly acclaimed national awards; Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and most recently, Travel + Leisure Golf and Golfweek, honored the layout as one of the best in Michigan.
   
2005 American Society of Landscape Architects - Award of Merit Beckett and Raeder Marquette Lower Harbor Study
   
2005 Marquette Commons project won Development Project award from the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliances.
   
ArtServe Michigan's Governor's Awards International Achievement Award - City of Marquette Arts & Culture Department (2004
   
2004 Designated “Walkable City”
   
Best Small Art Towns 100 Best Small Art Towns in America (2004)
   
2004 Top 30 Most Livable Communities Award
   
Cool City Michigan “Cool City” designation (2004)
   
All American All American City award by National Civic League (2003)
   
2001 Bike Magazine names Marquette as the number three place in the U.S. to bike and Live
   
1999 American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award, Whetstone - Orianna Creek Watershed Management Plan Marquette