BALTIMORE, MD (January 17, 2019) – The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) hosted a meeting of its Board of Directors on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. The BMC Board of Directors unanimously approved Mayor Catherine E. Pugh as its chair and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski as its vice-chair for calendar year 2019.
As the region's council of governments, BMC serves a vital role as a convener of stakeholders. BMC is an important resource for local governments and the community as a whole - from transportation planning, to workforce development, affordable housing coordination, and cooperative purchasing.
Pugh is optimistic and committed to working with her fellow elected leaders around the region to advance shared goals, she said.
"Now, perhaps more than ever before, we have a unique opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the City of Baltimore and the counties that make this area a great place to conduct business, to learn, enjoy leisure, and call home," said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. "It will be my aim to ensure that we fully leverage the capacity of the BMC as a forum for research, analysis and collaboration to support the shared work of enhancing our region's economic competitiveness and quality of life."
Michael B. Kelly, BMC executive director, said that he looks forward to Pugh's leadership in 2019.
“The City of Baltimore is the heart of our metropolitan region,” Kelly said. "We look forward to working with Mayor Pugh and her staff to advance the common priorities of the city and our counties in the coming year."