Managing Director, DC Development Group
Mike Higbee is the managing director of Indianapolis-based DC Development Group, the development wing of Development Concepts, Inc., a planning and development consulting services organization founded in 1991. Higbee has worn many hats, including that of project leader, consultant, and instructor. However, he has always remained true to the cornerstone of his expertise which is conceptualizing development and seeing it through to construction completion.
Higbee has designed and developed numerous successful projects focused in urban environments, such as Avondale Meadows and Martindale on the Monon. Currently, he is involved with the development of an 150 acre site in Indianapolis where the former Central State Mental Hospital is located. The Central State project will incorporate mixed-use development with strong cultural and ethnic themes.
In his work as a consultant, Higbee has used his experience to help create plans and developments that have benefited cities across the country, including the Waukegan Lakefront/ Downtown Master Plan, Rockville Town Center Master Plan, Downtown Durham Master Plan, and the West Lafayette, Indiana Wabash Landing Development Project. He has also done consulting work in the United Arab Emirates assisting development companies in structuring development programs for large undeveloped land parcels.
Prior to forming Development Concepts, Higbee served as the director of Metropolitan Development, one of six departments within the Indianapolis-Marion County consolidated government. During his time with the City of Indianapolis, his department was responsible for the city’s economic development and affordable housing initiatives. Some of the premiere projects he facilitated for the city were the Circle Centre Mall development, the Lower Canal Improvement Project, and negotiations for the United Airlines Maintenance Facility at Indianapolis International Airport.