Clark said that the agency was currently understaffed and that employees have been able to meet with only 181 businesses this year to discuss expansion opportunities, a figure she called "a little bit lower as far as our goal is concerned."
The board also approved an application for $2.9 million in state grants for Baltimore neighborhoods deemed "sustainable communities," including a $2 million request for streetscaping in the Fells Point area.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said last week that she wanted the BDC to be restructured so it can concentrate more on small businesses.
Of the selection of a chief to replace Brodie, the mayor said: "We're focused on getting it right, not getting it done fast. There's so much work that needs to be done with respect to restructuring the BDC, expanding the focus to small businesses, and really working on our strategy with anchor institutions that are driving Baltimore's economy."
The BDC is planning a retirement party for Brodie on Sept. 18.