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BIDC Collection Overview

Collection Title: Baltimore Industrial Development Corporation (BIDC)

Inclusive Dates: 1971-1975

Size: 8.5 linear feet

Scope and Contents:  
Minutes, project reports, reference files, correspondence, organizational, administrative and financial records.

Historical Note:  
In 1971, city voters approved 3 million dollars in municipal bonds to finance an urban land bank -- properties on which displaced businesses or new industrial plants could be enticed to build.  Funds were administered by a quasi-municipal corporation based on the model of the existing Charles Center-Inner Harbor Corporation.  In 1972, the Baltimore Industrial Development Corporation was formed for this purpose.

BIDC was governed by a board consisting of seven members of the city government appointed by the Mayor, seven members of the business community named by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore, and seven members of the general public selected by the board.  The corporation carried out its work under contract with the city, the terms of which provided that it fulfill its duties under the authority and direction of the mayor.  In formulating actions, directions, and policies, Mayor William Donald Schaeffer was guided by the city’s Economic Development Commission. 

In 1976, BIDC merged with the Baltimore Economic Development Commission to form the Baltimore Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO). BEDCO later merged with the Howard Street Market Place and Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management, forming the Baltimore Development Corporation in 1991. 

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.