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More than ever, regional cooperation is crucial to the success of Metropolitan Detroit.  A cooperative spirit among all our communities is key to creating the common vision and commitment needed to improve our region’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. 

To nurture this sense of regional community, the Detroit Free Press and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition have partnered to create the Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards, which honor individuals who are making important contributions to regional cooperation, progress, and understanding in Metropolitan Detroit.

2014 Shining Light Regional Cooperation Award recipients:

Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership
Congressman John D. Dingell, U.S. House of Representatives
Senator Carl Levin, United States Senate

Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award
Sheilah P. Clay, President & CEO, Neighborhood Service Organization

Dave Bing Future Leader Award
Monique Stanton, President & CEO, CARE of Southeastern Michigan

2014 Shining Light Program Sponsors:

Beaumont logo ––– DTE logo–––– DTE logo

ITC logo
St. John Providence Health System logo

2014 Shining Light Award Sponsors:

AAA logoClark Hill LEgal Services LogMotor City Casino logoTalmer Bank and Trust logo


View the Detroit Free Press articles and Shining Light awards videos from 2014.


Governor Snyder salutes Shining Light recipients.




Presented by:

Detroit Free Press

Metropolitan Affairs Coalition



Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards