Baltimore Economic Development Commission Records
- 1968 - 2010
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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).