Empowering Michigan | DTE Energy chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson has announced the company’s plan to spend $10 billion with Michigan suppliers through 2024. DTE has already helped create 14,000 jobs in the past nine years and at least 60% of the company’s spend goes to a Michigan supplier. The company also committed to spend at least $500 million with minority- and women-owned businesses every year.

One of the companies that benefited from DTE’s Michigan spending is SEEL, a Detroit-based energy efficiency services company. According to SEEL CEO Louis F. James, DTE’s commitment to them allowed them to grow and to invest in the training of almost 800 individuals. SEEL was also able to commit 40% of procurement spend with other minority-owned businesses.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist lauded the efforts of DTE in helping small businesses and its role as a founding member of the Pure Michigan Business Connect which connects Michigan suppliers with local, national and global purchasers. DTE has already received 11 awards for excellence in supplier diversity, including the CPO of the Year for Chief Procurement Officer Tony Tomczak.