COMMUNITY PARTNERS & RECOGNITIONS
ITC values the partnerships we have established both at the national level and in the local communities where our employees live and work. It is through these alliances that ITC continues to serve as a thought leader within the industry and championing policy reforms necessary in order to promote significant transmission infrastructure investments across the nation needed in order to achieve a sustainable 21st-century energy grid.
OUR PARTNERS BY REGION
NATIONAL ITC PARTNERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
The nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
- ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION
The largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.
- BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE
An association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.
- EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE
The association representing all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Members provide electricity for 220 million Americans throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- ELECTRIC HIGHWAY COALITION
A partnership among 14 U.S. utilities to create a seamless network of rapid electric vehicle charging stations connecting major highway systems, stretching from the Atlantic Coast through the Midwest, South and into the Gulf and Central Plains regions.
- GRIDWISE ALLIANCE
The leading industry coalition advocating for the modernization of our nation’s electric system.
- IEEE – THE INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS
The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity and is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe.
- KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD
For more than 20 years, The Keystone Energy Board has provided a one-of-a-kind forum for energy leaders to discuss and debate timely energy and environmental issues; explore opportunities for improved policy-making in the public and private sectors; and share perspectives with other senior energy leaders working in critical areas.
- U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
A bureau within the Department of the Interior working to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
- THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working
around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature
- NERC – NORTH AMERICAN RELIABILITY CORPORATION
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a not-for-profit international regulatory authority whose mission is to assure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America.
- NORTH AMERICAN TRANSMISSION FORUM – NATF
The North American Transmission Forum (NATF) is built on the principle that the
open and candid exchange of information among its members is the key to
improving the reliability of the transmission systems in the U.S. and Canada.
- WILDLIFE HABITAT COUNCIL
National organization working to promote and certify habitat conservation and management on working lands through partnerships and education.
WIRES is a non-profit working group and the voice of electric transmission owners, investors, and customers in the North American energy market.
ITC MICHIGAN PARTNERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- CITIZENS RESEARCH COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN – The Citizens Research Council of Michigan (CRC) is a nonprofit public affairs research organization. CRC is noted for the accuracy and objectivity of its research. Its goal is to promote the development of informed public policy at all levels of Michigan government through the delivery of factual and unbiased analysis of the most critical issues pertinent to state and local government.
- CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE – With more than 200,000 visitors each year, the Cranbrook Institute of Science is one of the region’s best known museums of natural history.
- DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB – The Detroit Economic Club is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. With more than 3,000 members, it is one of the country’s most prominent venues to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st century economic environment.
- DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION – Detroit Public TV is nonprofit organization, notably active in the community producing local programs that showcase arts, culture, news analysis and physical activity; and outreach campaigns that use the power of media to provide knowledge and understanding.
- DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – The Detroit Regional Chamber is a well-connected and influential force powering the economy for Southeast Michigan. Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country.
- ECONOMIC CLUB OF GRAND RAPIDS – The Economic Club of Grand Rapids is an association of individuals interested in, and contributing to, the growing economic health of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area. Its mission is to promote an interest in, and enlighten its membership on, important governmental, economic, and social issues.
- FOCUS: HOPE – Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization in Detroit. Focus: HOPE has developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty and injustice, including food, career training, and community development programs.
- GRAND RAPIDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce in the premier business membership organization in West Michigan with more than 2,700 member businesses. They focus on connecting businesses to the people and resources, advocating for policies and practices that save money and lead to job creation, developing strong leaders, building a diverse workforce, and shaping a community where business can grow and everyone is welcome.
- INFORUM – Inforum is the leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Inforum has offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids with operations in Kalamazoo, Lansing and Saginaw. Inforum was founded as the Women’s Economic Club in 1962.
- JUDSON CENTER – Since 1924, the Judson Center has evolved into a comprehensive, multi-faceted, community based human service center – one that has been nationally recognized for fostering independence through innovative programs, and for empowering children of all ages and their families to live the best lives possible.
- LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY – Lawrence Technological University focuses on “Theory and Practice” – taking abstract ideas into the real world to solve tomorrow’s problems. Its students and alumni have gone on to design and engineer the tools, buildings, and products that helped define their generations.
- LEGACY LAND CONSERVATION CONSERVANCY – Legacy Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to protects forests, prairies, farms, wetlands and waters – today and forever. Legacy is nationally recognized for conservation excellence.
- METROPOLITAN AFFAIRS COALITION – The Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) is a non-profit public/private partnership dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in Southeast Michigan. MAC works closely with its partner organization, SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.
- MICHIGAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – As Michigan’s leading statewide business advocacy organization, the Michigan Chamber is the unified voice of approximately 6,800 member employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce in all 83 counties of the state.
- MEDC – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership serving as the state’s marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. MEDC offers a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban and community development.
- MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER – The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is a dynamic hands-on museum that offers programs that inspire children and their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology and math in a fun, dynamic learning environment.
- NOVI PARKS FOUNDATION – The Novi Parks Foundation’s mission is to enhance the recreational, educational and cultural life of the Novi community by encouraging and soliciting support for Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.
- RAINBOW CONNECTION
A Michigan-based nonprofit organization working to make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.
- ST. JOHN PROVIDENCE HEALTH SYSTEM FOUNDATIONS – St. John Providence Health System Foundations is dedicated to the healing mission of St. John Providence Health System. The Foundation coordinates fundraising for the health system, its entities and programs, and offers ways to invest in our medical excellence and the future health of the community.
- SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF MICHIGAN – Special Olympics Michigan provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
- THE HEAT AND WARMTH FUND – The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) agency that provides low-income individuals and families with emergency energy assistance and advocates for long-term energy solutions.
ITC MIDWEST PARTNERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- CEDAR RAPIDS FREEDOM FESTIVAL – Each year thousands of Eastern Iowa residents and visitors join together to celebrate our nation’s birthday by enjoying the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival. The Freedom Festival begins in June and culminates with the annual Celebration of Freedom Fireworks on July 4th.
- CEDAR RAPIDS METRO ECONOMIC ALLIANCE – The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance combines the economic and community development efforts of the former Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Priority One. It strives to be the top economic growth region in the country through its core functions of business support, economic development, community development and public policy.
- CEDAR RAPIDS YMCA – The cedar Rapids YMCA serves Linn County with healthy living programs and facilities.
- CEDAR VALLEY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to building and rehabilitating simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with families in need in Linn and Benton counties.
- GREATER CEDAR RAPIDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION – The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation creates opportunities for the nonprofit community through their grants and through the Linn County Nonprofit Resource Center.
- HAWKEYE AREA COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM – Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) is one of 18 Iowa community action agencies, providing flexible and adaptive programs and services that work toward removing barriers to self-sufficiency while maintaining a person’s dignity. HACAP provides service in Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington Counties.
- HORIZONS, A FAMILY SERVICE ALLIANCE – Horizons, A Family Service Alliance is dedicated to providing opportunities for human development in order to improve the quality of individual and family lives. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Horizons provides a variety of human services across East-Central Iowa including mental health, financial counseling and Meals on Wheels programs.
- IOWA ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY – The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) is a broad-based organization of Iowa businesses working together to promote Iowa commerce. ABI has over 1,400 business members that employ over 300,000 Iowans.
- IOWA LAKES CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION – The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet Counties.
- IOWA NATURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION – The Iowa NaturalHeritage Foundation, a statewide private nonprofit conservation organization, protects priority lands, connects natural landscapes and natural corridors, restores natural areas, and engages Iowans with its natural heritage.
- IOWA WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION – IWEA was incorporated January 1, 2008 as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit corporation with the intent of supporting the growth of the wind industry in Iowa. IWEA has more than 150 members representing all aspects of the wind industry.
- LINN COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD – Linn County Conservation Department offers parks, natural areas, preserves,historic sites, wetlands, and many educational and recreational opportunities. The Linn County Conservation Board has acquired a total of 27 areas and approximately 7,000 acres as places to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and recreate in the outdoors.
- MINNESOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is the state’s largest and premier business organization, representing more than 2,400 businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota. The Chamber works to make Minnesota a better place for businesses to locate, stay and grow.The Minnesota Chamber excels at offering private-sector solutions to public-sector problems.The Minnesota Chamber excels at offering private-sector solutions to public-sector problems.
- TREES FOREVER – Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Marion, Iowa, that connects people to the environment through the planting and care of trees, prairie, and other natural areas.
ITC GREAT PLAINS PARTNERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
ITC GREAT PLAINS
- DODGE CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – The Dodge City Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, state chartered, voluntary organization of business, industry, and professionals who have pooled their talents for the common good. The Chamber works toward objectives designed to enhance the business climate and improve the quality of life in Dodge City and the surrounding area.
- DODGE CITY/FORD COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION – The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization that promotes the growth and development of existing businesses, and pursues quality new businesses to help sustain the economic vitality of the area. The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is a joint partnership between the City of Dodge City, Ford County and several private businesses.
- HAYS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – The Hays Area Chamber of Commerce is the catalyst for bringing the business community together with other organizations and the community at large to keep the Hays area viable, to foster a better business climate and to promote a higher quality of life. The Chamber is a resource for business and community information with concentration in four specific categories: member services, leadership development, community betterment and business advocacy.
- KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS – The Kansas Association of Conservation Districts is a voluntary, nongovernmental, nonprofit, incorporated organization established in 1944. KACD has helped forge key partnerships among federal, state, and local entities all committed to a common goal: wise and efficient conservation practices to protect the state’s natural resources. These partnerships spanning more than six decades have been highly effective and mutually beneficial, allowing for shared space, equipment, and knowledge.
- KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES – The Kansas Association of Counties is a quasi-public agency, which seeks to advance the public interest by promoting effective, responsive county government in Kansas. The Association serves county governments through legislative representation, technical assistance, leadership and professional education.
- KANSAS CAPITAL AREA RED CROSS – The Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is part of the largest and most diverse service organization in the United States. It serves 16 counties across Northeast Kansas providing food and shelter in emergencies, assisting members of our armed forces and their families, teaching lifesaving skills, and more.
- KANSAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE – The Kansas Economic Development Alliance is an organization of professionals and volunteers involved in economic growth and development.The organization addresses continuing education and legislative advocacy.
- KANSAS MUNICIPAL UTILITIES – Kansas Municipal Utilities is the statewide association of municipally owned and operated electric, gas, water, wastewater, stormwater, and telecommunications utilities across the State of Kansas.
- LARNED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Larned Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for positive change in Larned and Pawnee County. It exists to assist in the growth of existing businesses; encourage the development of new businesses in Larned and Pawnee County; serve as an information resource center for businesses and the community; and to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Pawnee County.
- LEAGUE OF KANSAS MUNICIPALITIES – Established by municipal officials in 1910, the League of Kansas Municipalities is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of more than 590 Kansas cities. It operates as a public agency and is defined by state law as an instrumentality of its member cities. Its mission is to unify, strengthen, and advocate for the interests of Kansas municipalities, to advance the general welfare and promote the quality of life of the people who live within its cities.
- MEDICINE LODGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, agricultural, industrial, professional, economic, cultural and civic interests of the Medicine Lodge area, to encourage growth and development of existing industries and businesses, to assist and encourage new firms and industries to locate to the Medicine Lodge area, to promote integrity and good faith business, to support all activities believed to be beneficial to the area, to oppose activities which might be detrimental, and in general to promote the welfare of all people in the Medicine Lodge area.
- Minneola Business Association – The citizens of Minneola pride themselves on being primarily an agricultural community. We also serve as a bedroom community for those who are employed in Dodge City.
- Southwest Kansas Coalition
- WESTERN KANSAS RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE – wKREDA of Western Kansas – The Western Kansans Rural Economic Development Alliance addresses economic development concerns for the 55-counties encompassing western Kansas. wKREDA works to recruit and retain diverse businesses to the area, helping to boost employment in the area.
- CHOCTAW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (CEDA) – The Economic Development Authority works to create an environment in the City of Choctaw where business and industry can invest money in our community and receive a quality return on that investment; where every part of the workforce can find and maintain quality employment and earn a quality wage; and where citizens can enjoy life and prosper.
- Idabel Industrial Development Authority
- OKLAHOMA BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE – The Oklahoma Business Roundtable provides important business advice to the Governor, Lt. Governor the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and other state economic development partners. Roundtable members represent manufacturing, financial, energy, business services, R&D and economic development organizations across Oklahoma. As the state’s major economic development support organization, the focus is on business retention and expansion, new business start-up and recruitment.
- STATE CHAMBER OF OKLAHOMA – The State Chamber of Oklahoma is a state-wide, nonprofit, business membership organization serving as the legislative voice for Oklahoma business at the state and federal capitols. The chamber represents more than 1,000 business and 350,000 employees.
OUR RECOGNITIONS BY REGION
NATIONAL ITC RECOGNITIONS
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
SF6 Emissions Reduction Team Leadership Award
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Invasive species control partnership
- Wildlife Habitat Council
Wildlife at Work habitat conservation certification
- Tree Line USA Award
ITC’s operating entities ITC Midwest, ITCTransmission and METC® are proud to be recognized as a Tree Line USA utilities, in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation, who encourages thoughtful practices that help preserve community trees while also serving a utility company’s customers. This drawing demonstrates effective planting, placing the right tree in the right place. Trees properly placed can reduce reliability and safety challenges for electric transmission facilities, reduce tree mortality, and result in healthier community forests.
ITC MIDWEST RECOGNITIONS
- Tree Line USA Award
ITC Midwest is proud to be recognized as a Tree Line USA utility, in partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation. This program encourages thoughtful practices that help preserve community trees while also serving a utility company’s customers.
- Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award
ITC Midwest earned the Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award in recognition of the company’s habitat restoration efforts in its transmission corridors. These are the premier environmental honors in Iowa, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa’s natural resources. ITC Midwest’s habitat restoration efforts include targeting invasive species for removal, promoting the establishment of native short woody plants that are naturally compatible with required line clearances, and modifying vegetation management techniques to minimize impacts to rare species.
- Ducks Unlimited Life Sponsor Award
Ducks Unlimited has recognized ITC Midwest with its Life Sponsor award in appreciation for our contribution to waterfowl conservation and to other wildlife on the Living Lakes landscape of Minnesota and Iowa. ITC partnered with Ducks Unlimited and Fox Lake Conservation League in restoring 309 acres of prairie habitat containing five wetlands.
ITC GREAT PLAINS RECOGNITIONS
- 2015 Governor’s Award of Excellence
ITC representatives received the 2015 Governor’s Award of Excellence at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet, where ITC was recognized for contributions and investments in the state. ITC Great Plains was honored to be awarded the highest award given to a business by the state, and congratulates all the nominees for their outstanding achievements to the state of Kansas.