Editor’s note: The following appeared on www.baltimoresun.com on June 3, 2018.
Paul A. Tiburzi, a Partner at DLA Piper, is Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors. This op-ed is based on a speech he gave during the GBC’s Annual Meeting in May 2018.
I was recently honored to be elected chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee, a role I accept with enthusiasm and optimism. Baltimore should be — and can be — the greatest, safest city in America. As the 33rd chair of the GBC, I will be active, vocal and aggressive in working to make that happen.
Since 1955, the GBC has made Baltimore a better place to live and work. The GBC has always been very special to me. I always understood and appreciated the dual meanings of “greater” Baltimore: the greater Baltimore region and working to make the Baltimore region greater.
For me to take on this role is humbling and extraordinary. I am proud to be a Baltimore home boy: born, raised and schooled here, the son of a Baltimore Police sergeant and grandson of Italian immigrants who chose to make Baltimore their home. I have always loved our city.
Like many in our city, I could have gone elsewhere to work, but I chose to stay in Baltimore and make it my home and to work at the outstanding law firm of Piper & Marbury, now DLA Piper. Why? Because Baltimore is a great city and the Baltimore region has many attributes that no other area can match.