Mayor confident in BDC direction despite attrition

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake isn’t worried about turnover at the city’s quasi-public development arm.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

During a news conference with reporters on Wednesday, Rawlings-Blake said it’s not unusual for employees to leave a position when there’s a leadership change at an agency. In November, Brenda McKenzie was named president of the Baltimore Development Corp.  following the retirement of M.J. “Jay” Brodie after 16 years as the head of the agency.

“Well, like I said, change happens, and when there’s new leadership there’s always shifts. Sometimes it happens up front. Sometimes it happens later,” Rawlings-Blake said.

In the past three months employees have resigned from the following positions:

  • Managing Director of Real Estate Development
  • Vice President of Operations, Emerging Technology Centers (ETC)
  • Senior Economic Development Officer
  • Director of Brownfields Initiative
  • Economic Development Officer – Westside

Despite all the turnover, Rawlings-Blake said she is confident in the direction BDC is heading.

“I think we’re definitely heading in the right direction,” Rawlings-Blake said. “We have a lot of positive projects that are going forward. [The] focus on small business development is the right decision, and I’m optimistic and I’m looking forward to good things to come from BDC in the future.”


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