Battle Creek Unlimited Awarded 2018 Economic Development Champion Award
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Battle Creek Unlimited Awarded 2018 Economic Development Champion Award


March 29, 2019

Battle Creek, Michigan – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) was recently honored to receive the 2018 Economic Development Champion Award.   Mr. Bill Wadsworth, Consumers Energy Economic Development Manager, presented the award to Mr. Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO of BCU, last week at Consumer Energy’s annual economic development celebration luncheon.  Consumers Energy, headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, named BCU the 2018 Economic Development Champion acknowledged for gratitude in collaboration and supporting customers to assist with growing Michigan’s economy.


Mr. Sobieralski was pleasantly surprised by the announcement of this award.  Mr. Sobieralski thanked Consumers Energy for their long-standing, valued partnership with BCU and the Battle Creek community, stated, “This award reflects the dedication and determination of the entire BCU team and the Board of Directors.  This past year has been a year of collaboration and opportunity creation for Battle Creek.  With all the groundwork we have been working on, I am confident the future for Battle Creek is bright for 2019 and beyond.   As we move forward, BCU will continue to be an advocate for our City, a resource for the community, and a driving force in economic development for all of Battle Creek.”


According to Consumers Energy, the Economic Development Award recognizes economic development organizations who have gone above and beyond in working with them to support new and expanding business in their community.  Criteria used to select an organization includes the depth and breadth of economic development occurring in the community, the extent to which nominees engage Consumers Energy early in the process as energy issues and questions surface, and energy-related innovations planned or underway in the community to support new and expanding businesses.


Battle Creek Unlimited was selected based on the construction of their new state of the art office space, involvement in the Heritage Tower project, drone/defense innovation, and their Battery City initiative.  Previous winners of this annual award include the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


“Economic development is a team sport, especially when competing for businesses that can locate anywhere in the world,” said Jeff Mayes, Executive Director of Business Customer Care with Consumers Energy. “We’re proud to award Battle Creek Unlimited for collaborating with us on energy issues and beyond to spur jobs and investment in Battle Creek and grow Michigan’s economy.”

Award Presentation (left to right); Jeff Mayes, Consumers Energy, Joe Sobieralski, BCU, & BIll Wadsorth, Consumers Energy

BCU Team (left to right) Lori Schroll, Paula Young, Bridgette, Jones, Shabaka Gibson, Joe Sobieralski, Jennifer Wood, Adam Reid, Robert Corder, & Brenda Whited