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Wanted: A new top developer for Baltimore

Baltimore’s quasi-city agency that oversees development has posted a detailed job description for its soon-to-be-vacant head job following the retirement of M.J. “Jay” Brodie last month.

The Baltimore Development Corp. is seeking a “well-qualified economic development official” as president and CEO, a post that also holds a seat in the cabinet of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the job posting on the BDC’s website says.

Rawlings-Blake will hire a replacement for Brodie, who is stepping down after 16 years, subject to approval of the City Council.

The ideal candidate, the job posting says, will have “strong leadership qualities and possess thorough knowledge and experience in urban economic development, a passion for business and real estate development, and demonstrate a successful track record in the strategic planning, implementation and completion of complex projects, business negotiations and organizational restructuring.”

Among the other duties, the candidate is responsible for:

— Creating a strategic economic development plan with the BDC board of directors, mayor’s office and public and private partners
— Recruiting new businesses and supporting existing businesses that create job opportunities for city residents
— Providing business assistance and opportunities for minority- and women-owned and small businesses
— Facilitating new commercial development projects in Baltimore
— Actively and strategically marketing Baltimore as a premier urban location to do business and real estate development
— Actively advocating for public policies and development projects that support Baltimore’s economic growth

    Brodie’s salary in 2009 was $204,175, according to the latest federal documents with BDC compensation on file.

    Applications will be accepted through April 6, the posting says.

    One comment

    1. High taxes, burdensome regulations, crony capitalism, illegal procurement quotas, and unpunished crime, is in part, contributing factors to the cities continued decline. Residents, businesses, and well intending people are leaving the city because of this mentality. Dissolve the BDC and let businesses and developers compete with the rules already in place. Government (public servants) have no right in picking the winners and losers. Let the people conduct the business and let the government insure a level playing field for all. We need a separation between business and state (city).