City Council

Greater Midland... One of the 100 Best Communities for Youth in the Nation!

A GREAT PLACE FOR KIDS   Midland has done it again!  For the fifth year in a row, the Greater Midland area has achieved national recognition as one of the America’s Promise Alliance 100 Best Communities for Young People.  Greater Midland received the award in Washington D.C., in September 2012, along with 99 other communities across the United States. In addition to the 100 Best distinction, each of the top communities received $2,500 for a local celebration. Greater Midland celebrated by providing 200 free tickets to kids during the April 20, 2013 Great Lakes Loons game.

WHY MIDLAND?  Greater Midland - comprised of Midland County - was recognized for its outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for programs and services that make the community an outstanding place for youth to live, learn, and grow.

"Being named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best is significant and meaningful for the entire community," said Midland Mayor Maureen Donker. "So many dedicated people and programs contributed to this win, and it further reinforces our belief that a strong youth focus impacts our community for the better."

Thank you to the many Midland organizations that contributed to creating the comprehensive application that led to the 100 Best designation: 100 Best Local Agency Partners

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Find out more about this national award by clicking here:  Greater Midland Named a 100 Best Community for Young People

To find out more about just some of the many programs and initiatives that make Greater Midland a 100 Best community for kids, view our 2012 application (in PDF format) or the YouTube video at right.

For information about the 100 Best competition and a complete list of this year’s winning communities, visit