AES Receives 25,000 from Consumers Energy Foundation to Build a Framework for Collaboration in Wexford and Missaukee County

Cadillac, MI – The Alliance for Economic Success has received a $ 25,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to create a framework for collaboratively identifying, supporting, and sustaining community economic development projects that are designed to increase prosperity and resiliency in Wexford and Missaukee Counties.

 “The Consumers Energy Foundation is committed to supporting strategic economic development efforts across Michigan,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, the Consumers Energy Foundation’s secretary/treasurer. “We’re pleased to support the Alliance for Economic Success and this important collaboration to ensure Northern Michigan communities grow and thrive.”

Lisa Miller, Executive Director for the Alliance for Economic Success, is thrilled to receive this level of support from the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are very excited about this investment in both AES and the Wexford/Missaukee Area. This grant will expand our organization’s capacity to support collaboration across the area by establishing and analyzing data, identifying and leveraging community assets, co-developing area-specific priorities, and then ensuring the availability of tools and resources necessary for seamless, intentional collaborative resiliency planning. Together, with our public, private, and nonprofit partners, we will create a framework for on-going collaboration that allows our communities to seamlessly leverage assets and address shared issues.”

Ms. Bloodworth presented Ms. Miller and the AES board with the check on at the July AES Board of Directors Meeting held at the Wexford County Michigan State University Extension office, which is located on the campus of Baker College in Cadillac. “Consumers Energy is a great partner to AES,” said Jeremy Winkle, AES Board Chair. “We are so thankful for the Consumers Energy Foundations’ support of AES and economic development in Wexford and Missaukee counties”

About the Consumers Energy Foundation: 

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. In 2021, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy, its employees and retirees contributed more than $17.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information, visit