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Yet another key Detroit economic development official jumps to private sector By Kirk Pinho

Yet another top economic development official in Detroit has passed through the revolving door from the public sector to the commercial real estate development and consulting world.

Jed Howbert, Mayor Mike Duggan's group executive for planning, housing and development, will leave the mayor's administration in August to start a real estate development company.

He becomes at least the sixth key official to pursue development and consulting opportunities in the city.

The others are:

  • George Jackson, the former president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Jackson left his longtime position in March 2014 and later formed Ventra Group LLC, a Detroit-based development and consulting company that has been working with the Ilitch family's Olympia Development of Michigan on multifamily projects in The District Detroit.
  • Malik Goodwin, a former DEGC vice president of project management who left the organization in April 2015 to go work for Jackson.
  • Brian Holdwick, former vice president of business development for the DEGC who left in June 2015. He also went to work for Ventra.
  • Holdwick's replacement, Moddie Turay, left the DEGC last year to work on real estate development in Detroit.
  • Rodrick Miller, who was chosen to replace Jackson in August 2014, launched his own economic development consulting company, Ascendant Global, in April 2017 after 2 1/2 years at the helm.

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