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Editorial: A distinguished career for BDC’s ‘Jay’ Brodie

The retirement of M.J. “Jay” Brodie as president of the Baltimore Development Corp. marks the end of an era.

Mr. Brodie, 75, is stepping down after 16 years as head of Baltimore’s quasi-public economic development agency. His previous service for the city included a 15-year stint as housing commissioner.

During his tenure at the BDC, the agency retained or attracted 58,725 jobs in 993 businesses for a total capital investment of $3.2 billion. As the impresario of that activity, Mr. Brodie had a hand in everything from launching Harbor East to relaunching Mondawmin Mall to retooling neighborhood businesses.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called him “a true champion for Baltimore’s businesses.”

There will be time later to discuss the city’s methodology and priorities in the post-Brodie era. This is the time to recognize a distinguished civil servant who pursued his work with integrity, grace and a singular dedication to Baltimore and its citizens. Job well done, Mr. Brodie.