BALTIMORE, Md. - On Thursday, the Mayor's office sent a press release announcing the resignation of the Baltimore Development Corporation's president and CEO, Brenda McKenzie. She will be replaced by Baltimore City's 11th district Councilman, William Cole.
McKenzie, who took over at BDC in 2012, said, "It's been an honor and privelege to serve the City of Baltimore under Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. I've also had the good fortune to work with the wonderfully dedicated staffof the Baltimore Development Corporation.
"The end result is meaningful investment and jobs in Baltimore City."
Mayor Rawlings-Blake thanked McKenzie "for her dedicated service" to her administration and Baltimore. "Brenda came here with energy, optimism and a commitment to grow our city by 10,000 families over the next 10 years," Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. "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."
Taking over for Mckenzie is William Cole, the current city council representative for Baltimore City's 11th district since 2007. Cole, whose district spans much of downtown Baltimore, has more than 20 years of public service experience in the state of Maryland.
"I can think of no one better to lead the BDC than Councilman Cole," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "[Councilman Cole] not only understands large and small development projects, but also understands the needs of the neighborhoods through commercial revitalization and the growth of small businesses. Under his leadership, I am confident the BDC will continue to create jobs, spur development, shape economic development policies, and attract and retain business that is critical to grow Baltimore by 10,000 families over the next decade."
The moves will be effective August 21.