Winning communities of Fennville, Reed City, and Harbor Beach will use awards to complete community projects
JACKSON, Mich., June 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Michigan communities have won a total of $50,000 through the Consumers Energy Foundation's 2023 Put Your Town on the Map pitch competition to help complete projects that will strengthen and grow their communities. The city of Fennville received $25,000 for first place, Reed City received $15,000 as runner-up, and Harbor Beach received $10,000.
"The Put Your Town on the Map pitch competition is all about rewarding big, bold and innovative ideas that will help Michigan's small towns grow and thrive," said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation. "These three winning projects will transform their communities and make them even better places to live, work, and raise a family. The Consumers Energy Foundation is proud to support their efforts, and we look forward to celebrating with them as the projects are completed."
The winning projects are:
A panel of judges chose the three winning projects on Thursday, June 8, after officials from the 10 finalist communities made presentations at the 2023 Small Town and Rural Development Conference led by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM).
The Put Your Town on the Map competition started in 2019 to reward ideas and provide critical dollars for projects that are being developed in small towns throughout Michigan's lower peninsula. Communities with a population of up to 10,000 were eligible to apply.
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider. The Foundation contributes to the growth and strengthening of Michigan communities by investing in what's most important ? our people, our planet and Michigan's prosperity. In 2022, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy, its employees and retirees contributed more than $18.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation.
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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