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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2019


Alex Rossman


Michigan League for Public Policy recognizes Fred Keller with first-ever Corporate Crusader Award

Award acknowledges Keller and Cascade Engineering’s commitment to a diverse and equitable workplace

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy presented Fred Keller with its first-ever Corporate Crusader Award as part of its annual public policy forum this week.

The award was given to recognize the efforts Mr. Keller and the company he founded, Cascade Engineering, have made to promote fairness and diversity in their culture and beyond. Accepting the award on Mr. Keller’s behalf was Sharon Darby, Cascade Engineering’s Director of Environmental, Safety and Sustainability.

“Both in his work at Cascade Engineering and his creation of Talent 2025 in West Michigan, Mr. Keller knows that business plays a vital role in promoting social and policy change,” said Gilda Z. Jacobs, President and CEO for the Michigan League for Public Policy. “It starts from within at the culture of a company and their own practices, but it helps turn the tide in all of society. We are so grateful for all Mr. Keller and Cascade Engineering have done to promote diversity and equity, and are proud to call them a partner—and a true Corporate Crusader—in the fight for better lives for their employees and all workers and their families in Michigan.”

Many of the positive policy changes Michigan has seen in the past year, especially on criminal justice reforms, are due in large part to business support and the economic perspective. Mr. Keller and Cascade Engineering have been longstanding leaders in that regard.

As part of the award, the League made a contribution to The Source in West Michigan on Mr. Keller’s behalf. The Source, Mr. Keller’s charity of choice for this designation, helps create opportunities for people and build a strong workforce by removing barriers to employment and helping find the resources that people need in order to be able to keep their jobs and take care of their families.

NOTE: Photos from the award presentation are available upon request.


The Michigan League for Public Policy,, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.

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