The Greater Towson Committee's annual meeting, held Thursday, June 28, served as an appropriate end to the tenure of outgoing Executive Director Cindy Bledsoe.
The meeting, which served as a farewell to Bledsoe after seven years of leading the Towson development group, was held inside Towson City Center, which towers over downtown Towson and will soon play host to offices, Towson University's College of Health Professions, and a white-table cloth restaurant.
"I think it's very fitting tonight that we're in this place," she said. "I feel like everything I've ever done is kind of culminating into one big moment, and we're right where we're supposed to be."
The featured presenter at the meeting, which was attended by luminaries of county government and the local business development community, was Stephen Yasko, general manager of WTMD, Towson University's radio station.
WTMD will occupy the annex space of Towson City Center overlooking Dulaney Valley Road, and in his remarks, Yasko described the station's goal as bringing the Baltimore area to the forefront of the national music scene.
"(We want to) change this from a B music city to an A-list music city," he said.
Yasko said the 1,300 square-foot performance space will be utilized every day in an effort to bring foot-traffic into the downtown Towson area.
When Bledsoe first approached WTMD, that was exactly what she had in mind.
"We've been working for the last decade, diligently urging Towson University to move into the community," she said.
Bledsoe, who is leaving to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, recalled a Towson University tour given to the GTC five years ago in which all of the university's plans for growth were laid out.
No mention was made of the radio station, so she reached out to Yasko to ask about their plans. Initially, Yasko said they hoped to move into the city, where much of their listener base lived, but they looked at several prospective venues in Towson before the old Investment Building became an option.
Five years later, in a freshly-painted, carpeted space that will serve as a gym that sits just feet away from his station's future home, Yasko was laying out his station's ambitious plans.
"It's a very pleasing way for me to end my seven-year run," Bledsoe said.
Several of the building's other tenants were in attendance as well. Arsh Mirmiran, director of development for Towson City Center developer Caves Valley Partners, said that come Monday, July 2, his company will move its offices into the building.
Mile One Automotive, which will lease four floors of the building, and Towson University, which has four floors of its own, will join Caves Valley Partners in the building.
Towson University is uniting four programs under its College of Health Professions into the newly-formed Institute for Well-Being.
Composed of the Center for Adults with Autism, the Occupational Therapy Center, the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, and the Wellness Center, the institute will provide services to Towson University students and staff, as well as the community.
The building will also feature Cunningham Kitchen, a white tablecloth, farm-to-kitchen restaurant from the Bagby Restaurant Group, and offices from Business Suites and the investment company WMS Partners.
Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said she believes the building will be" like a new hub of Towson," bringing together the universities and the business community in a way the area hasn't seen before.