2014-08-14 / Business

In brief

Consumers offering $100K to support Home Run for Habitat fundraising event

JACKSON — Consumers Energy is contributing $100,000 to support this year’s Home Run for Habitat fundraising campaign in Michigan, providing assistance and encouraging others to help build Michigan’s communities.

“Habitat for Humanity looks to build homes, communities and hope, and we want to support them as part of our Promise to care for the communities we serve,” said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer operations and quality.

Consumers Energy has provided $300,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching contributions in the last three years to the campaign, which coincides with the Detroit Tigers’ regular season. Contributions support Habitat’s statewide “ReBuild Michigan” capital campaign, which funds work in 70 counties.

Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees and foundation have supported Habitat for Humanity in various ways. They have provided more than $280,000 in contributions and in-kind support to Habitat throughout Michigan in the last decade.

In October, Consumers Energy’s Helping Neighbors program will team up with Habitat to make energy-efficiency upgrades to homes in Saginaw, Midland and Bay County.— G.G.

Code Michigan returns for second year, grows

LANSING — Software developers are invited to participate in the state’s Code Michigan event this October for an opportunity to build mobile and web applications and win cash prizes.

“Code Michigan is an exciting opportunity for civic-minded developers and designers to help reinvent Michigan’s government by creating mobile and web apps for the public good,” said David Behen, director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and state chief information officer.

Code Michigan, a free “civic coding event, is scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. and run through Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. at three locations across the state – at the Grand Circus in Detroit and The Stream Center in Newaygo in the Lower Peninsula, and on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.

Individuals interested in participating may register for the free, three-day event by visiting the Code Michigan website at: www.codemichigan.com.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded at all three locations. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $1,500 and third prize is $500.

The first place winners from Detroit, Marquette and Newaygo will go on to compete for the “grand prize” of $10,000 and 30 minutes to pitch their winning idea to the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund.— G.G.

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