McKenzie leaves Baltimore Development Corporation; Cole to replace

In a press release last week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the departure of Brenda McKenzie, CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation, a nonprofit contracted by the city for economic development.

“Brenda came here with energy, optimism, and a commitment to grow our city by 10,000 families over the next 10 years,” said Rawlings-Blake in the press release. “As a result of her hard work, the BDC is creating the city’s economic development plan, attracting new businesses to Baltimore, and promoting neighborhood revitalization.”

McKenzie took her position in 2012.

Replacing her is City Councilman William Cole of the city’s 11th District.

“I can think of no one better to lead the BDC than Councilman Cole,” said Rawlings-Blake in the release. “I have known and worked with Councilman Cole for over 15 years. He understands large and small development projects, but also understands the needs of neighborhoods through commercial revitalization and the growth of small businesses.”

Cole will be resigning from City Council. His successor will be nominated by a panel–selected by City Council President Jack Young–of 11th District constituents and city officials. The panel’s nomination will be voted on by City Council. Whoever succeeds Cole will eventually face voters in the 2016 city elections.

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