The GBC’s 10th Annual Report provided a snapshot of the first five chairs who served during that foundational period — Clarence Miles, Charles Buck, W. Arthur Grotz, Robert Hobbs and James Rouse. At that time, Greater Baltimore Committee membership included representatives from Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Noxzema Chemical Company, The Baltimore News American, The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company, The National Brewing Company, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Hutzler Brothers Company, The Hecht Company, McCormick and Company, The Black & Decker Manufacturing Co., T. Rowe Price and Associates and many more.
Learn more about those pioneering chairs
1955, 1956: Clarence W. Miles, Esq., Partner, Miles and Stockbridge --
Miles believed that the GBC could not expect to "legislate, enact, or enforce," but should afford a new approach to urban development -- that of a private enabling agency which would develop working relationships between private enterprise and public agencies.
1957, 1958, 1959 : Charles H. Buck, Chairman of the Board, The Title Guarantee Company --
GBC's second chairman believed in the value of the action-oriented project approach. During his chairmanship, the GBC joined with the Committee for Downtown to develop a master plan for the central business district.
1960: W. Arthur Grotz: President, Western Maryland Railway Company --
In 1960, the GBC fulfilled its goal to establish the Metropolitan Transit Authority and created a subcommittee to explore regional planning as a process of government.
1961, 1962, 1963 : Robert B. Hobbs, Chairman of the Board, First National Bank --
During Hobbs' tenure, Charles Center and the Civic Center came into being. Additionally, under Hobbs' leadership, the GBC sponsored a year-long TV series on metropolitan problems. "We serve as catalysts of progress," Hobbs said. "We are proud to say, in fact, that many of these successful accomplishments are not our own, but rather that they are the result of a vision and an effort similar to our own."
1964, 1965: James W. Rouse, Vice President, James W. Rouse and Company, Inc. --
Rouse helped establish the GBC, spearheaded some of its most important projects and contributed to the creation of the 1961 Report on Regional Planning, which led to the creation of the Regional Planning Council.
Original GBC Board Members included representatives from Baltimore News-Post and Sunday American, Lord Baltimore Press, Southern Hotel, Alexander Brown & Sons, Gunther Brewing Co., The Joseph Meyerhoff Co., Miles & Stockbridge, Esso-Standard Oil Co., The May Co. and Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad Co.