The topic recently was the possible revival of a chamber of commerce in Baltimore City. Addressing some 30 people interested in the idea, William M. Hesson Jr., of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, said: "If it is a bad idea, let's stop it. If it is a good idea, let's do it."
In the end, a steering committee was set up. It has no fixed membership nor a timetable. The future will show whether a new chamber of commerce is in the cards.
Re-establishing a chamber of commerce is not an easy task in these economic times even though a number of Baltimore businessmen seems to have had it with the Greater Baltimore Committee. That organization gobbled up the previous chamber in 1977 and now speaks for the city's business interests as well as for the region's. This duality does not seem to satisfy some business operators and politicians, who talk wistfully about a more energetic cheerleader for the city.