Baltimore Economic Development Commission Records
Scope and Contents
This collection contains materials documenting the business and economic revitalization work of The Baltimore Economic Development Commission (BEDC) in Baltimore, Maryland between 1968 and 2010. Some significant topics included in the collection are urban renewal, transportation, development, local businesses, committee work, and government programs among others. Materials are mainly textual and include minutes, project reports, publications, reference materials, correspondence administrative files from the last five years of the commission’s existence, and newspaper clippings.
Language of Materials
Materials are in English
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research
The Baltimore Economic Development Commission (BEDC) was established in 1963. The commission’s mission was to encourage commercial and industrial development, monitor economic conditions and to advise the Mayor and City Council on policy issues affecting the city’s economy. Originally composed of eleven members, by 1968, it was expanded to fifteen members and given the added responsibility of the purchase and lease of properties to assist private enterprise with municipal funds.
BEDC was one of several quasi-public entities created to revitalize business in the city. The Baltimore Industrial Development Corporation (BIDC) merged with BEDC in 1976, forming the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO). Howard Street Market Place and Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management also merged with BEDC in 1991, after which it was renamed the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC).
6.5 Linear Feet
Collection is arranged in 6 series:
- General Files
- Newspaper Clippings
- Subject Files - Part 1
- Subject Files - Part 2
- Baltimore Development Corporation - Westside Area Project Committee, 1991-2010
The records of the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation were collected by the Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center at the University of Baltimore in two accessions: November 9, 1977 and March 30, 1978. An additional accession of Baltimore Development Corporation records related to the Westside Area Project were donated by Carolyn Boitnott on April 13, 2017.
Accessing Digital Copies
Digital versions of items in this collection are available online. Locate records by using the "Print" button above, or browse records in “Collection Organization." Records with associated digital objects are identified with a red Digital Object icon.
Materials seperated from this collection at acquisition include the Baltimore Industrial Development Commission Records.
Collection was processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. Series 6: Baltimore Development Corporation - Westside Area Project Committee, 1991-2010 was accessioned in 2017. Series 6 does not currently include a folder inventory.
- Finding aid for the Baltimore Economic Development Commission Records
- Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011 and 2017). Revised by Laura Bell (April 2020).
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