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2023 Annual Meeting Sponsor Spotlight

Corporate Sponsors

Consumers Energy

Consumers EnergyConsumers Energy partners with local, regional, and state organizations to promote economic development. As Michigan’s largest energy provider, the company delivers natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Their Clean Energy Plan is a roadmap to eliminating coal, achieving net-zero carbon emissions, and meeting 90 percent of the state’s energy needs with clean resources by 2040.

For Small Businesses: Powerful Business Intelligence from Consumers Energy - Taking care of customers and providing service after the sale – especially in challenging times – embodies Consumers Energy’s purpose of world-class performance delivering hometown service. Michigan’s largest energy provider is committed to helping all businesses, nonprofits and communities prosper – in energy and beyond – now more than ever. Consumers Energy now offers a new, free online small business insights tool to any Michigan small business to help SizeUp their competition, improve marketing and customer acquisition results, obtain comparisons to local competitors and gain insight on employee pay and benefits. Take your business to the next level with new insights into customers, competitors, and suppliers. Get started. Whether it's saving money, staying up-to-date, or growing your customer base, Consumers Energy has tailored solutions for all businesses. Check out resources to save money, stay informed and grow your business. Meanwhile, the company’s nation-leading clean energy transformation calls for zero-methane emissions from its natural gas delivery system by 2030, and Consumers Energy plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, end coal use, and dramatically increase clean energy resources by the year 2040 in its electric business. Learn more at

Economic Development Rate for Michigan - Consumers Energy’s new economic development rate makes Michigan more competitive for business growth opportunities. This innovative rate is intended to both attract new business to Michigan and encourage existing businesses to expand their operations in our service territory.

Contact Consumers Today - Reach out to Consumers Energy's Economic Development Team.

DTE Energy

DTE Logo SmallDTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE portfolio includes energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, renewable natural gas, and energy marketing and trading. As an environmental leader, DTE utility operations will reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions by more than 80% by 2040 to produce cleaner energy while keeping it safe, reliable, and affordable. DTE Electric and Gas aspire to achieve net-zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. DTE is committed to serving with its energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy, and economic progress. Information about DTE is available at,,, and

DTE Energy spends $2.2 billion with Michigan businesses in 2021 - DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) today announced it invested $2.2 billion with Michigan businesses in 2021, creating and sustaining more than 10,000 jobs across the state. DTE has invested nearly $16 billion with Michigan-based vendors since 2010, creating and sustaining 54,000 Michigan jobs. The company invests five times more in local businesses than it did a decade ago. In addition to Michigan investment, at the same time, DTE is increasing spending with suppliers owned by women, minorities, veterans, and members of the LGBT community. Recently, DTE also expanded its diverse supplier outreach to include disability-owned businesses. In 2021, the company spent more than $715 million with certified diverse suppliers and $820 million with businesses located in Detroit. “Doing business in the communities we serve helps Michigan companies grow and puts people to work,” said Jaspreet Singh, Corporate Services vice president. “We’re committed to improving people’s lives with our energy. That fuels our passion for giving local and diverse suppliers new opportunities to succeed.” Read the entire article.

Contact DTE Today - Connect with DTE's Economic Development Team.

Gold Sponsor

Travel Marquette

TMlogo20HORIZ 1Travel Marquette is the official destination marketing organization for Marquette County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula—where business, recreation, and leisure converge to create a #ReMARQable experience. Plan your adventure at #MakeYourMarq.

Contact Travel Marquette Today - Start your adventure by reaching out to

Opening Reception Sponsor

WNJ Blue Logo CenteredWarner Norcross + Judd LLP

Warner Norcross + Judd is more than their Best Lawyers in America© designations, Martindale-Hubbell rankings, and Chambers USA acknowledgments. As one of the largest and most successful law firms in Michigan, they can handle your business and legal matters, whether simple or complex, from start to finish. The firm provides client-focused, proactive legal and business counsel to clients of all sizes – from startups to Fortune 500 companies to closely-held businesses and high-net-worth individuals. With more than 230 attorneys working in numerous specialized industries and practice areas, Warner meets the legal needs of clients operating throughout North America and around the world.

Warner’s Economic Incentives Practice Group − When projects powered by economic incentives succeed, they harness human ingenuity, innovative yet airtight investments, and collaborative relationships to fuel commerce, produce profits, generate jobs, build homes and businesses and enhance cities. Highly regarded for our top-tier, efficient client service, our multidisciplinary team knows how to make multiparty partnerships work, often creating something out of nothing. We collaborate closely with businesses, developers, investors, nonprofit entities, local, state, and federal agencies, and others to secure financial incentives for our clients. We then help them every step of the way on projects that drive development and enrich the communities in which we live, work and grow.

Setting the Standard in Michigan and Beyond − Warner offers clients the largest economic incentives team in the state of Michigan and, in terms of years of experience and range of expertise, one of the deepest legal-business benches in the nation. Because of our nationally recognized knowledge and strategic skills in environmental, real estate, tax, finance, and administrative law and our history of headline-making success, many consider us an economic-incentive powerhouse. But we remain humble. Our attorneys believe clients deserve the credit for placing their names and livelihoods at risk as we work together to launch and complete projects. Our team serves a wide range of businesses and nonprofits on a full spectrum of enterprises, from $500,000 to $1 billion developments and everything in between. We give every client our undivided focus regardless of the project’s size and dollar value.

Warner routinely works with over 50 types of incentives. Some of the most popular incentives include:

  • Brownfield TIF Funding
  • Community Revitalization Program
  • Business Development Program
  • Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement (Public Act 198)
  • Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ)
  • Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (OPRA)
  • Local TIF Districts
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Federal Historic Tax Credits
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • MDEQ Grants and Loans
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)

Warner uses a variety and a combination of the above tax credits to help numerous clients realize their development dreams. Here’s a snapshot of some of the projects where Warner made an impact:

  • Venue Tower: $32.7 Million Entertainment and Apartment/Condominium Project
    Warner helped secure a Brownfield Michigan Business Tax Credit totaling $4.52 million and tax increment financing through the City of Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority Development Support Program totaling approximately $1.75 for the project. Warner established the joint venture and helped facilitate the land acquisition and drafting and negotiation of myriad agreements, including development agreements, condominium documents, and agreements with neighbors and the City of Grand Rapids.
  • Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, MI: $30 Million Design, Construction, and Real Estate Project for Retail, Restaurant, and Agriculture
    Warner helped secure a $5.2 million Brownfield Michigan Business Tax Credit, a $3 million community revitalization loan from the Michigan Strategic Fund, Brownfield Tax Increment Financing of $3.5 million, Downtown Development Authority Tax Increment Financing, and other grants and loans from the Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. EPA for environmental cleanup. They structured the design and demolition construction contracts for the project and prepared and negotiated the documentation necessary to establish the public-private partnerships of the Downtown Market. Additionally, Warner created documents for ground leases, market hall vendor leases, retail tenant leases, restaurant leases, office users, and a myriad of other tenancies, and parking on-site and off-site.
  • Lormax Stern Development, Detroit, MI: $33 Million Meijer Grocery and Retail Project
    Warner secured a $3.3 million Brownfield Michigan Business Tax (MBT) credit and $6.5 million in Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incentives in a relatively short period. Warner’s team credits its relationship with Detroit officials, state officials, and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for its success.
  • Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, MI: $6.7 Million Expansion Project

Warner helped control long-term and short-term costs throughout the project by securing a $1.18 million Michigan Business Tax credit, $817,265 in Brownfield Tax Increment Financing Incentives, and a $407,000 grant from the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. No project is too large or too small – and they meet you where you are and where you plan to grow. Every project is unique, and the depth and breadth of experience positions Warner as the law firm best suited to deliver the incentives that work for you and within your timeline and budget.

Contact: Jared Belka, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, 150 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite 1500, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, PH: 616-752-2447, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view

Silver Sponsors

Envirologic Technologies, Inc.

Envirologic 2021For 30 years, Envirologic has served as a full-service environmental consulting firm dedicated to assisting clients in solving complex development, redevelopment, and cleanup challenges. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Envirologic’s services include brownfield redevelopment, environmental investigation and remediation, compliance, environmental due diligence, and more, focusing on the needs of our clients and the communities they work. Please contact Jeff Hawkins, CEO, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 269-342-1100 if you would like to learn more about how their team can support your project.

Once in a Lifetime Investment in Brownfields - In December 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law would provide $1.5 billion in funding through their Brownfields Program. This program brings direct grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes, and nonprofits to assess and clean up contaminated land through a competitive application process. The EPA provides annual funding to these entities to support brownfield redevelopment through a combination of Brownfield Assessment, Cleanup, Multipurpose, and Revolving Loan Fund Grants. The influx of funding from the Infrastructure Law will increase this program from an annual appropriation of ~$62 million to ~$370 million for five years (a combination of appropriation and Infrastructure Law funds).

Envirologic has broad experience successfully applying for and implementing EPA Brownfields Grants (over $10 million) on behalf of our clients. On May 12, 2022, the EPA announced the recipients of the FY22 Brownfield Assessment, Cleanup, and Revolving Loan Fund Grants. Envirologic partnered with four of the five communities in Michigan that were awarded funding: Muskegon County, Oceana County, Leelanau County, and the City of Jackson. These awards were the result of a coordinated effort between these communities and Envirologic. Economic development professionals have the opportunity to access these funds through Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities or other eligible entities to assess brownfields for redevelopment potential. Depending on the grant, funds can be used to conduct Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, Baseline Environmental Assessments, Due Care and Cleanup Planning, Brownfield Plans, site cleanup, and planning activities related to brownfield sites. Read the entire article.


2022 ITC LogoITC Holdings Corp. is the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. – owner, and operator of high-voltage power transmission systems in seven states, with an eighth in development. ITC’s investments in power transmission infrastructure lower electricity costs, improve service reliability and safety, and increase economic activity and tax revenues for customers, stakeholders, and communities. Contact Nora Balgoyen, EDFP, Senior Area Manager, PH: 269-792-7228, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Connecting Business to Energy Infrastructure - ITC is different from other utilities in that we focus only on electric transmission infrastructure, which plays a vital role in economic development. That’s one of the reasons ITC invests in a modern, robust power transmission grid. As a result of our sustained investments, ITC’s transmission systems routinely perform in the top tier of utilities nationally for service reliability. Our energy-intensive customers connected to ITC at transmission-level voltage expect nothing less.

Connecting Customers to the Power Grid - ITC’s sole focus on transmission allows us to facilitate the reliable and efficient delivery of electricity to our wholesale customers – regardless of the generation source.  ITC is committed to:

  • Providing reliable wholesale electric service
  • Ensuring system capacity for the demands of tomorrow
  • Enabling electric customers and generators access to competitive wholesale markets

Providing a Critical Link to Tailored Power Solutions - Our ongoing assessment of electric transmission needs for the grid is driven by the requirements of energy-intensive customers, and include:

  • Transmission infrastructure investment
  • Premier electric reliability
  • Focus on power quality
  • Knowledge of available system capacity

Facilitating Strong State and Local Economies - ITC connect a variety of industrial customers at transmission-level voltage including:

  • Investor-owned, vertically integrated electric utilities
  • Commercial/large load connectors and site selectors
  • Municipal utilities
  • Co-ops
  • Independent power producers or non-utility generators
  • Developers and subscribers of contracted, merchant transmission lines

Click here to learn more about ITC.

Northern Initiatives

Northern Initiatives is also a Tour Sponsor for this Year's Annual Meeting.

NI Logo SquareNorthern Initiatives is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) working throughout Michigan. We provide loans and technical assistance for small businesses. Often, these small business owners might not qualify for loans from traditional banks for a variety of reasons. Many times, our lending is focused on low-income, disadvantaged, and underserved communities. Each of our loans includes coaching and a vast array of constantly updated resources to help businesses – and their communities - thrive. For more about our approach to community development, visit

Conference Sponsor

Agracel LogoAgracel, Inc.

Agracel provides industrial development services to communities, companies, and investors. With expertise in site selection, economic development, leasing, engineering, construction management, and financing, they can provide a solution to any build-to-suit, sale-leaseback, or redevelopment project.

Bronze Sponsors

DRPDetroit Regional Partnership

The Detroit Regional Partnership is a regional economic development nonprofit serving Southeast Michigan’s 11-county region. Founded in 2019 by a group of business and philanthropic CEOs, the organization is laser-focused on marketing the region to out-of-state and international companies to attract investments and jobs. Contact DRP.

EDCALogo horizontal Coulter 01Oakland County Economic Development

Oakland County is a global destination for world-class talent, investment, and jobs. Our mission is to catalyze innovation, investment, and growth in Oakland County. From small businesses to large corporations, Oakland County is a hub of resilience and growth. A team of Business Forward small business consultants is embedded in communities working with local economic development professionals, downtown development organizations, and chambers of commerce to provide resources and services so small businesses can thrive and grow. Contact their team and learn more at:

Breakfast/Coffee Sponsor

Michigan Works AssociationMichigan Works! Association

The Michigan Works! Association provides services and support to Michigan’s workforce development system. Through the Association, members can access timely, relevant professional development opportunities and ensure high-quality programs for all customers. Contact their team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today!

Friends of MEDA Sponsors

City of Naugunee

City of NegauneeThe City of Negaunee is a safe, friendly community with award-winning schools, first-rate medical clinics, unique shopping and dining experiences, and abundant entertainment and recreational opportunities. Located in Marquette County, this city is home to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, beautiful Teal Lake, the Heikki Lunta Winter Festival (a celebration of all things winter), plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities, and much more. With help from a revitalization and placemaking downtown enhancement grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the City of Negaunee is going through a massive Streetscape Project and can't wait to have you there for the Opening Reception.

Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern CroppedNorfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,300 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including agriculture, forest, consumer products, chemicals, metals, and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts. 

Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership

SEDP LogoThe mission of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership is to improve Shiawassee County’s economy through business attraction, retention, and expansion. They cultivate a business-friendly environment in Shiawassee County and provide our clients with access to resources, tools, and knowledge to empower decisions that will lead to their success. 

Upper Peninsula Construction Council

UPCCThe Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) is made up of over 250 quality construction contractors located across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The .

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