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Local Revitalization Projects in the Spotlight

DTE Energy was featured in a recent article highlighting the growing corporate sponsorship of vibrant public spaces and walkable communities.  Collectively known as Energize Detroit, DTE’s projects aim to restore buildings in the neighborhood surrounding the company’s headquarters for mixed uses.  The goal is to build off of the proven development success in other areas of downtown Detroit like Campus Martius.

One of Many Projects

Projects like this are just another example of how Michigan’s local energy providers are committed to local communities across the state—because they are part of those communities.

The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s $182 million REO Town Headquarters and cogeneration plant have made headlines not only for community revitalization, but also for their innovation. The REO Town building is BWL’s first natural gas-fired power plant and first cogeneration plant, capable of generating up to 300,000 pounds of steam per hour and 100 megawatts of electricity.  It also has the distinction of being the most efficient and clean facility of its kind in the United States. 

Attracting New Residents and Keeping Old Ones 

Michigan has too long lived with the stigma of residents leaving the state in high numbers; unfortunately, we are still losing more residents than we are gaining. 

However, that could change with efforts like Energize Detroit and BWL’s REO Town project.  These initiatives help people recognize that Michigan is still alive and kicking—reinventing itself and looking toward a bright future.  In addition to the physical makeover, our state is providing more opportunities than ever for education and entrepreneurship for young people. 

Perhaps most importantly, citizens and businesses throughout Michigan are working toward an ambitious and exciting vision for our future.

Have you noticed community development projects in your area where local Michigan energy is playing a key role?  Tell us your experience.