Citizen Interaction Design voted finalist for 2015 Community Excellence Award

The Citizen Interaction Design (CID) project, led by associate professor Cliff Lampe, has been named a finalist in the Michigan Municipal League’s Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition. The three-year initiative, which was voted top entry for the competition’s Place for Talent category, is a partnership between the University of Michigan School of Information and the city of Jackson, MI, focused on developing new information tools to foster citizen engagement. 

As part of the Initiative for Information Impact, CID engages UMSI students in service learning opportunities through the creation of information tools and services in local communities. It also seeks to provide context and mentorship for students engaged in these projects. 

Over the past two years, CID has produced a dozen projects, including a website and information campaign to communicate critical information on major downtown construction (DigJackson), a digital mapping of the distressed, condemned and demolished properties in Jackson (Distressed Property Report) and an initiative to make government data easily available to the public (Open Data Initiative). These projects are tailored specifically to the community of Jackson but are also designed to address issues that most small Michigan communities face.

Entries for this year’s CEA awards were divided into four categories: Funding for the Future, Michigan in Motion, Place for Talent and Strength in Structure. CID will represent the Place for Talent category, which recognizes projects that attract and retain talented workers in Michigan communities.

The four finalists in the competition – hosted by the Michigan Municipal League (MML) – were among 16 projects, programs and initiatives that involved more than 20 Michigan communities, including Jackson, Auburn Hills, Royal Oak, Pontiac, Ferndale and Berkley.

“We’d like to thank all the communities that submitted CEA entries this year,” said MML CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin in a press release. “It was truly an outstanding field and a fantastic window into the many outstanding programs, activities and initiatives taking place throughout our state.”

The CEA finalists will present their projects September 16-18 in Traverse City, Michigan and winners will be announced following the presentations based on attendee voting. (

The MML is non-profit advocacy group focused on promoting sustainable municipalities.  

Posted on July 28, 2015