Consumers Energy hopes to innovate Downtown Jackson

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Based out of the former W.F. Woolworth’s Building, Consumers Energy opened its brand new innovation center.

Consumers Energy Vice President Glenn Barba said, “it took some vision especially from {CEO-Elect} Patti Poppe to take a look at an old building that’s been vacant for a long time and see what it could be, what it really means to this community.”

This four story building on 165 W. Michigan Avenue will help potential startup companies with the goal of jump starting downtown development.

Consumers Energy CEO-elect Patti Poppe said, “encouraging our people who work here to support local businesses. We don’t have a cafeteria so people are going out and using the local restaurants. But, more importantly we have created a convening space where people, our businesses, our anchor initiative partners, to come and collaborate  and come up with their next brainstorm innovation right here in the innovation center.”

It will also house their own strategic innovation, smart energy, and energy efficiency teams.

“We’re coming up with new and different ways to for people to use energy differently everyday and they’re doing it right here in the Consumers Energy Innovation Center,” said Poppe.

Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 7,000,000 of Michigan’s 10,000,000 residents.

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