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BEDC Collection Overview

Collection Title: Baltimore Economic Development Commission (BEDC) 

Inclusive Dates: 1968-1975

Size: 6 linear feet

Scope and Contents: 
Minutes, project reports, publications, reference materials, correspondence administrative files dating  from the last five years of the commission’s existence. Other records of the commission are held by the Baltimore City Archives in Record Group 18.

Historical Note: 
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). 

Custodial History: 
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.