M.J. “Jay” Brodie
Baltimore Development Corp.
M.J. “Jay” Brodie retired in 2012 as president of the Baltimore Development Corp., but he remains active in the community and devoted to the city he helped transform during 16 years leading BDC.
During Brodie’s tenure, the city said that BDC retained or attracted 58,725 jobs in 993 businesses, which resulted in a capital investment of $3.2 billion.
Brodie talked about what the city and its people meant to him when he retired. “Working to attract and retain businesses and residents for Baltimore has been the most rewarding and exciting job of a lifetime,” he said at the time. “I love Baltimore with all my heart, and it’s been a great honor to serve the people and businesses of this great city at the BDC under four consecutive administrations.”
Brodie said recently that making neighborhood projects a priority while continuing important center city projects were BDC’s most significant accomplishments during his leadership. In the neighborhoods, he pointed to nine main street programs, façade grants, Belvedere Square, the Senator Theatre and 20 new or improved grocery stores in underserved communities as important projects. In center city, he cited Harbor East, 1,900 apartments in the West Side, the Hippodrome Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and Hilton Baltimore as key projects.
Brodie, who lives in the Wyman Park neighborhood in a 1920 rowhouse, continues to be concerned about crime and drug problems in the city but said he’s also seeing new excitement. “More young people are living here and bringing their energy, enthusiasm, and optimism.”
Brodie continues to be a member of the Citizen Planning and Housing Association, Strong City Baltimore, Open Society Institute and Live Baltimore while consulting with Healthy Neighborhoods Inc. He hopes young people follow his lead and get involved in making the city better.
“During their careers, they should include years of public service because it’s rewarding in many ways.”
What is the one decision you made in life that had the biggest impact on your career?
My interest in public service positions — as opportunities to work with a diverse group of people.