Our past few blog posts have been focused on the job creation and economic development Michigan’s energy industry supports. But not every step forward is measured solely in dollars and cents or employment rates.
Beautiful, vibrant communities with a sense of pride naturally attract investment and growth and are as sure an indicator of the potential for a renaissance as anything. So the contributions energy providers are making in their communities are another way they are leading Michigan’s comeback.
BWL Restores Lansing Depot
The Lansing Board of Water & Light recently invested $2.8 million to restore the Grand Trunk Western train depot to its 1903 glory. Located on South Washington Avenue in Lansing’s REO Town, the building has historic significance, including a visit by President Gerald Ford. But while the project recalls the past, it also will be key to the future: As a state-of-the-art cogeneration plant, it is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. Click here to see the BWL’s brochure on the project.
DTE Energy Refurbishes Its Headquarters
Meanwhile, DTE Energy was recently profiled in The Detroit Free Press in an article titled “DTE Energy extends HQ makeover to perk up neighborhood.” Read the article here.
DTE Energy leadership recognizes that feeling good about where one lives and works has real value, so it’s upgrading not only its own headquarters, but also buildings in the surrounding neighborhood.
“We’re not trying to become real estate developers,” said DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson, “but where we can be helpful, we’re certainly open to doing that.”
Consumers Energy Volunteer Service Day
About 250 employees from Consumers Energy helped the Jackson community in August by undertaking a host of service projects in the Partnership Park neighborhood, such as beautifying buildings and installing playground equipment at a homeless shelter.
Mamatha Chamarthi, Consumers Energy’s chief information officer, explained that the company’s promise “is to care for the Michigan communities we serve, and that starts with our neighbors in the communities where we live and work every day…This service work unites company employees in a common goal: making communities stronger.”