MotorCities National Heritage Area

September 17, 2021

Nominations are now open for the MotorCities National Heritage Area’s annual 2021 Awards of Excellence. 

On Wednesday, November 17, MotorCities will honor programs and projects who have distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage with its 8th annual Awards of Excellence.

A winner in each of the three categories -- revitalization, education and tourism -- will be announced during the annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day, scheduled to return to the State Capitol in Lansing and being conducted as a virtual event last year.

The deadline for the 2021 Awards of Excellence nominations is Friday, October 8. Self-nominations are accepted. 

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Michigan Automotive Heritage Day & the Awards of Excellence began in 2014 and have become an annual opportunity to celebrate the story that can only be told in Michigan: How this area "Put The World On Wheels."

The 2020 winner of the Award of Excellence for Revitalization was Steve Shotwell, Board President of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit. In addition, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant also took the award in the Interpretation and Education category as well for their new Early Ford Dealerships 1903-1927 exhibit.

Finally, Bailey Sisoy-Moore, owner of Detroit History Tours, LLC, was the recipient of the award for Heritage Tourism. Her company has provided tours to over 125,000 people since its founding in 2014.