Reed Cordish will play role in White House innovation effort

Former Baltimore developer Reed Cordish will have a hand in overseeing a new White House office to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector, the administration announced Monday.

The effort, which will be led by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, will "focus on implementing policies and scaling proven private-sector models to spur job creation and innovation," the president said in a statement.

Cordish has been involved in some of the region's largest developments, including Power Plant Live and the Maryland Live Casino. The company has developed casinos, hotels and other shopping centers across the country.

The Cordish family has long been close to Trump.

Reed Cordish was named in January as an assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives. At the time, Trump officials said he would be responsible for presidential initiatives that require multi-agency collaboration.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that early priorities for the initiative, the Office of American Innovation, will be modernizing technology in the federal government and overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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