Brodie to remain head of BDC, Dixon says

January 11, 2007|By John Fritze | John Fritze,Sun reporter

M.J. "Jay" Brodie, the development guru who has led Baltimore Development Corp. for more than a decade, will stay in his position for at least another year, incoming Mayor Sheila Dixon announced yesterday.

Brodie, 70, is the latest official to serve under Mayor Martin O'Malley who will continue with Dixon, suggesting that the new mayor is pursuing an economic development agenda that is largely consistent with that of the prior administration.

As expected, Dixon also named George A. Nilson, 64, city solicitor.

"He has been a great asset to the city," Dixon said of Brodie. "He has done a tremendous job in leadership to the BDC. I am excited that he has agreed to serve with my administration moving forward."

Brodie, who joined the quasi-government agency in 1996, has helped orchestrate many of the city's largest development projects, including the Inner Harbor and its recent expansion.

Nilson, a former Maryland deputy attorney general, is an attorney with DLA Piper, where he has focused on public and consumer law. Nilson, who will sit on the city's Board of Estimates, is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Brodie is not.

Tax records show that Brodie is paid $163,418 a year and that current City Solicitor Ralph S. Tyler makes $150,000.

Brodie spoke yesterday of overseeing more neighborhood development beyond the Inner Harbor and pointed to the upgrades expected at Mondawmin Mall as an example of what he hopes to accomplish under Dixon.

"I've had this great chance to work with people of honesty and integrity, and that's where I start off," Brodie said. "It's wonderful to have the confidence expressed that we could continue to do good things."

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