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Consumers Energy Foundation Awards $125,000 Grant To Downtown Muskegon Retail Incubator Project; 10th Community Grant To



Consumers Energy Foundation Awards $125,000 Grant To Downtown Muskegon Retail
     Incubator Project; 10th Community Grant To Celebrate Utility's 125th
                                 Anniversary

PR Newswire

MUSKEGON, Mich., Dec. 4, 2012

MUSKEGON, Mich., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumers Energy Foundation
today awarded a $125,000 grant to support the Muskegon Retail Incubator (MRI),
which fosters opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop sustainable retail
businesses in downtown Muskegon.

It is the 10^th and final $125,000 matching grant that the utility's
foundation has made during 2012 to celebrate the company's 125th anniversary.
The anniversary grants generated $2.5 million in total support for important
community investment projects across the state.

David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation, presented the
$125,000 grant at an afternoon reception with community leaders in downtown
Muskegon's Russell Block Market. 

"The Muskegon Retail Incubator is an economic magnet that attracts new retail
businesses and is helping to energize downtown Muskegon. We're pleased to
support this important organization," Mengebier said. "We know that creating
and sustaining small businesses is the job engine for Michigan's economy and
that the Muskegon Retail Incubator is helping to keep that engine running
strong."

Terry MacAllister, the chairman of MRI's Board of Directors, thanked the
Consumers Energy Foundation for the grant and for designing its anniversary
celebration grant program to have leaders in each community select a project
that was important to that community.

"Each community in Michigan is different and each community has different
priorities.  The Consumers Energy Foundation recognized that and worked with
local leaders in Muskegon and nine other communities to identify important
projects that needed financial support," MacAllister said.  "Plus, by making
these matching grants, the Consumers Energy Foundation helped double the
support for these projects to $250,000 and gave each community an opportunity
to get involved."

"The supporters of the Muskegon Retail Incubator conducted an extraordinary
community fundraising effort to raise the necessary matching funds," Mengebier
said. "That effort shows the commitment that the supporters of this
organization have to make a difference in Muskegon."

The Muskegon Retail Incubator is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the
sole purpose of promoting the economic recovery of the downtown Muskegon area
by providing assistance and resources to small business owners. MRI's primary
objective is to encourage, foster and support entrepreneurship, community and
economic growth by providing a "retail incubator" where entrepreneurs can test
products and marketing strategies in an environment that provides ongoing
consultation, review and education. 

In addition to Muskegon, the communities receiving $125,000 matching grants
from the Consumers Energy Foundation were:  Bay City, Flint, Grand Rapids,
Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Pontiac, Saginaw, and Traverse City.

So far this year, Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, the Consumers
Energy Foundation, and the utility's parent company, CMS Energy, have
contributed more than $3.9 million to Michigan nonprofit organizations.  

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information regarding Consumers Energy, visit us at:
www.consumersenergy.com or join us on Facebook at:
www.facebook.com/consumersenergymichigan

For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation, visit its website
at: www.consumersenergy.com/foundation 

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Roger Morgenstern, +1-616-530-4364 or Dan Bishop, +1-517-788-2395
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