DTE Energy in Detroit announced the appointment of Khalil Rahal as director of economic development.
In this role, Rahal will be responsible for leading DTE’s efforts to drive economic development in communities across Michigan. The company states it aspires to be a force for growth and prosperity, supplying the reliable, affordable, and cleaner energy Michiganders need while also helping communities thrive socially and economically.
“DTE has an unprecedented opportunity in the economic development space in Michigan. In addition to investing every day in the energy grid of the future, DTE works with businesses of all sizes to make Michigan the best choice for growing or relocating their operations,” says Tony Tomczak, vice president of electric sales and marketing at DTE. “Khalil is a proven leader who can successfully collaborate across all sectors. We are very excited to have him join our team and accelerate our progress.”
Since January of 2021, Rahal served as the chief administrative officer for Wayne County, one of the largest counties in the U.S. He managed multiple divisions of county government including Economic Development, Department of Public Services, Facilities Buildings and Real Estate, Land Bank, Community Development and Management, and Budget.
Before that, he served as the county’s Economic Development Director and as assistant prosecuting attorney for the Wayne County Prosecutors Office. Rahal also has experience as a teacher in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.
“I am thrilled to be joining DTE. The organization’s culture and commitment to an economically diverse and thriving region is right in line with my values and goals,” says Rahal. “After years of partnering with local municipalities, the State of Michigan and local, national and international developers to bring jobs and investments into Wayne County, I look forward to being able to bring that experience to do the same work for DTE and the entire state.”
Rahal earned his bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.