Nestled in every corner of CenterPoint Energy’s 5th and Nicollet office is a spirit of innovation and leadership—two things synonymous with the organization dating back to its formation as the Minneapolis Gas Light Company in 1870.
Back then, they delivered natural gas through yellow pine logs and brought Minneapolis’ city streets their first nighttime illumination. Today, CenterPoint Energy’s leadership continues through their customer-driven approach to delivering natural gas, their involvement in time-honored events like Aquatennial and Holidazzle, and being active members and partners with the mpls downtown council.
They do it because they believe in community and the well-being of their customers and neighbors. And they also do it, simply, because downtown is home.
That belief in their home continues through CenterPoint Energy’s commitment as a mdc Skyline Partner.
Downtown has been CenterPoint Energy’s home for 150 years
“Downtown Minneapolis is a special combination of so many wonderful things,” CenterPoint Energy vice president of Minnesota regional operations Brad Tutunjian said. “It has been our home for 150 years. Times have changed, downtown has changed and our company has changed. But our commitment to downtown Minneapolis is constant.”
CenterPoint Energy serves 870,000 residential and business customers as Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility. They’ve built longevity and trust because of their dependable nature—something they’ve also committed to their downtown community.
“Our presence in downtown Minneapolis has helped support our innovative spirit,” Tutunjian said. “We want the customers and communities we serve to know that we remain committed to our trusted role providing reliable, affordable natural gas while also pursuing new clean energy options like renewable natural gas and green hydrogen gas.”
An advocate and supporter for downtown’s vitality
For years, CenterPoint Energy has been an advocate and supporter for downtown’s vitality. Through holding positions on the mpls downtown council board of directors and various committees, ensuring the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade remains a must-see flagship event at Aquatennial each July, keeping us cozy at Holidazzle each winter, and being strong downtown advocates, CenterPoint Energy continues to help its home grow and thrive.
As we navigate the challenges of 2020, CenterPoint Energy continues to be focused on work helping downtown’s vibrancy.
“What we love most about being part of downtown Minneapolis is simply the fact that it is our home,” Tutunjian said. “The mdc’s work is essential to the vitality and success of the downtown community—and it has become all the more important during this challenging time, especially as downtown deals with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The mpls downtown council works daily with committed partners like CenterPoint Energy to keep downtown thriving as the economic engine of our region—a place where workers can engage and thrive, residents can enjoy close commutes to as well as sports and entertainment, diners can enjoy world-class cuisine, and people can connect and engage in a central location.
Working together to ensure that downtown stays extraordinary
Their believe in downtown continues to hold true as they work with mdc to ensure downtown remains extraordinary.
“We appreciate the mpls downtown council’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing the downtown as a thriving, livable and welcoming community—including as a destination for attracting top talent and businesses,” Tutunjian said. “As a supporter of the Aquatennial and Holidazzle celebrations, we also appreciate mdc’s leadership with these events and other programs that help to bring people downtown and bring people together.”
Together as a Skyline Partner and continued supporter of the mpls downtown council, CenterPoint Energy is providing similar leadership and support downtown.
“The mpls downtown council helps inspire all of us with their vision,” Tutunjian said. “While all the businesses and residents in downtown embrace this vision, it is the mdc that provides the singular focus and leadership—every day—necessary to make downtown a thriving, livable and welcoming place for everyone.”