Consumers Energy, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Kick off Initiative to Promote Growth in Company's Hometown

  Consumers Energy, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Kick off Initiative to Promote
                         Growth in Company's Hometown

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., May 19, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy and Michigan
Gov. Rick Snyder kicked off an effort to invigorate the Jackson-based
company's downtown area this morning, joining more than 18 businesses and
three colleges to celebrate the start of the new Anchor Initiative.

"Caring for the communities we serve is our Promise to Michigan, and that is
especially true in our hometown," said Consumers Energy President and CEO John
Russell. "Businesses like ours can enable Michigan's downtowns to thrive, and
we think what we are doing in Jackson can be a model across the state."

Russell spoke about the company's plan to convert downtown Jackson's former
Woolworth Building into a hub for business innovation. Consumers Energy's
strategic innovation and utility business development teams will work in the
building, along with The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) and CP Federal Credit

Consumers Energy will encourage employees to live downtown, within a short
walk of the company's corporate headquarters, and collaborate with other
Anchor Initiative members on ways to build a vibrant center in which to live
and work.

"We started more than 125 years ago in Jackson and have served this community
and Michigan for that entire time," said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy's vice
president of customer experience, rates and regulation. "Our ability to
attract top talent depends on a healthy Jackson, with a vibrant downtown
that's an attractive place to live, work and innovate."

The kickoff event for the Anchor Initiative took part in Jackson's Bucky
Harris Park, which was built on the original town square for the city, located
80 miles west of Detroit. Also speaking during the kickoff were leaders of
Michigan International Speedway and Commonwealth Associates, a Jackson-based
company that is committed to expand in the city.

Besides its support for the Anchor Initiative, Consumers Energy already
focuses its spending on Michigan. The company is on target to reaching its
goal of increasing spending with Michigan-based suppliers by $1 billion over
five years. Consumers Energy was one of the first companies to join the
state's Pure Michigan Business Connect, an effort promoted by Gov. Snyder and
the Michigan Economic Development Corp. that encourages Michigan companies to
invest in the state.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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