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Former DEGC head to lead Puerto Rico business attraction, investment

February 22, 2019

Rodrick Miller has been named the CEO of Invest Puerto Rico to lead the island’s business attraction and investment efforts.

Miller, who headed up the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. from August 2014 until until March 2017, was most recently president and CEO of Ascendant Global, a company he started after he left the DEGC two years ago.

“I have found Puerto Rico to boast amazing potential, boundless energy, a unique culture and a fantastic opportunity to shift its competitive position and create new value,” Miller, 41, said in a news release.

The release says Miller met with the governor “to talk about InvestPR’s mission and what other jurisdictions are doing to stay ahead in an increasingly competitive landscape” this week.

“Although competition for investment is fierce, Puerto Rico is in the middle of an economic pivot and the long-term upside is limitless. I’m honored to be part of this turnaround and a member of this community,” Miller said.

During his time in Detroit, Miller was involved in the launch of the Motor City Match grant program for small businesses, along with large real estate deals including the opening of a Microsoft Corp. office in Detroit and the Ally Financial Inc. move from the Renaissance Center to what is now Ally Detroit Center, among others.

Miller was also involved in the Little Caesars Arena construction process and the Detroit Pistons’ move from The Palace of Auburn Hills.

A message to Miller seeking comment was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

Kevin Johnson replaced Miller as president and CEO of the DEGC last year.

Source: Crain’s Detroit Business