Wednesday, October 29, 2003
CMS Energy of Jackson was awarded a 2003 Phoenix Award for achievement of excellence in brownfield redevelopment at the National Brownfield Conference in Portland, Oregon today. The award recognizes the company for locating its new corporate headquarters in downtown Jackson on a former contaminated industrial site.
“Every obsolete city property rescued from disuse, like this former industrial site, advances us toward our goal of fixing what we have instead of building new,” Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said. “CMS Energy’s ability to transform this blighted area into something productive and physically attractive is a benefit to the Jackson community and the state of Michigan.”
Now in its eighth year, the National Brownfield Conference is the only event of its kind, co-sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the International City/County Management Association. One winner is selected from each of EPA’s ten regions and one project from outside the United States as an international winner.
“Building a new headquarters in our hometown since 1886 would not have been possible without the help of numerous public and private sector partners,” said Ken Whipple, CMS Energy’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We deeply appreciate the assistance provided by the State of Michigan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Jackson—our partner for more than a century—to make this project a reality.”
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was critical in making the CMS Energy headquarters project a reality. The MEDC:
- provided a $1 million Urban Land Assembly loan to the city of Jackson for property acquisition and demolition;
- approved $11.9 million in tax increment financing that allowed the city to build two parking decks and make other infrastructure improvements in support of the new facility; and
- approved an $8.6 million Brownfield Single Business Tax credit to CMS Energy to help the company with the costs of demolition, environmental cleanup and other remedial actions at the 10-acre site.
The project resulted in the consolidation of approximately 1,500 CMS Energy jobs into the downtown Jackson site, and the creation of 224 new, full-time jobs by other private firms is also expected.
“Michigan’s brownfield redevelopment program is one of the most aggressive and effective in the nation in terms of turning blighted and contaminated properties into useful new developments,” said MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway. “As the Phoenix award attests, the new CMS Energy headquarters in Jackson is truly one of the finest examples of brownfield redevelopment in the entire country, and a stellar example of what can be accomplished through Michigan’s program.”
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.
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