While some who have taken issue with the BDC in the past may be rejoicing, they are missing the bigger picture.
The problem hasn't been Jay Brodie. The problem is the BDC itself - a "quasi-governmental" development corporation (whatever the hell that means) that seems unaccountable to the public and seems more interested in developing for developers than residents.
Unfortunately, city and business leaders don't expect any fundamental change in the way the BDC operates - if anything, they sound like they expect a Jay Brodie-style BDC on Steroids.
David Corish of Cordish Cos. outlines his expectations:
“The person must have a deep resume in actually running a major [city’s or cities’] development offices comparable to BDC,” Cordish said in an email. “It would be a horrible mistake to go outside the box and have a learning curve. ...”
And the Baltimore Business Journal is reporting Robert A. Manekin, the managing director of Colliers International, a commercial brokerage firm, said the city should broaden the BDC’s role.
What seems to be absent from the conversation about what Baltimore would like to see from a new BDC head is community leaders. You know, the Baltimore side of the Baltimore Development Corp.
In fact, the real converastion we should be having is if we should still have a BDC at all.
Meanwhile, Brodie will stay on as BDC head until a replacement is found.