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City business, housing official accepts state job

Bret Garwood, the city’s director of business and housing development, has accepted a position as senior vice president, multi-family housing, at the state Department of Homes and Community Renewal.

Garwood, who announced his resignation last week, will continue working with the city until mid-December. He will begin working with the state in January.

Garwood has concentrated on Rochester’s growth through the management of the city’s real estate development, neighborhood revitalization, business attraction, housing production and rehabilitation since March 2007.

Garwood and the staff in the Bureau of Business and Housing Development, under the leadership of Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner R. Carlos Carballada, have overseen $1.5 billion in public and private investment over the last five years in community and economic development, city officials said.

Garwood was instrumental in the launch of the city’s focused investment strategy for neighborhood revitalization and the homeless resolution strategy to better serve the chronically homeless.

Most recently, Garwood helped establish the Rochester Land Bank Corporation, which is designed to help the city return underutilized property to productive use.