Our first job was inventing a way to light the streets of downtown Jackson. The lighting did more than illuminate Main Street, it fostered a night life bustling with business. Lots of business. We’ve been working with communities ever since, making connections and leveraging opportunities to build neighborhoods and grow economic prosperity. Together we’re developing vibrant, sustainable communities.
Our work with Pure Michigan Business Connect is a great example. Through this new initiative, we’re fueling Michigan’s growth by investing $5 billion in local businesses over the next five years. We’re also giving local leaders the tools they need to maximize community assets. We provide scholarships to city officials and staff to make it possible for more communities to benefit.
We’ve centered much of our community development efforts on the smaller communities we serve. These small towns and rural areas make up a large part of our service area and often need the most help. Over the years, we’ve proven that the same simple and cost-effective strategies that work in these communities work in larger urban areas as well. They are absolutely scalable. Our public affairs team, staffed by area managers strategically located throughout our service areas, work side-by-side with local leaders to implement economic growth plans.
Consumers Energy is dedicated to improving the awareness of social and ethical issues, risks and opportunities relevant to its Suppliers in order to promote sustainability. We will validate these practices by surveying and monitoring our suppliers’ standards and policies as they relate to doing business with our company.