You may not know his name, or be able to pick him out of a lineup, but you've certainly seen his work. As leader of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), the public-private agency charged with steering development in the city, M.J. "Jay" Brodie has had as much to do with creating the Baltimore we know and love as William Donald Schaefer and David Cordish—and now he's retiring.
Brodie's retirement was confirmed by the mayor's office last night after Brodie and Kaliope Parthemos, deputy mayor for economic development and a close confidante to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, had a private meeting.
Baltimore Brew has details about yesterday's sequence of events that lead to this surprise resignation.
Though the very nature of his job—presiding over a nebulously governed board tasked with deciding which developers would receive special tax breaks—courted controversy, the genial 76-year-old was remarkably well-liked and well-connected, masterfully guiding projects like the development of Harbor East behind the scenes. Brodie will stay on board until a replacement has been found, but it will be interesting to see who will be able to fill his shoes.
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