Fry, Towson to be focus of Baltimore County meeting

The GBC and legislative agendas and the Towson Redevelopment Project will be discussed at the next Baltimore County Business Advisory Council meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the offices of Trane in Hunt Valley. GBC President and CEO Donald Fry will lead a discussion of the legislative and GBC agendas,...

Committee discusses street cleaning, bikes and Belair Road

A new city-wide street sweeping program, bike-share program and progress in the initiative to develop commercial areas of Belair Road were discussed at the GBC’s Built Environment and Sustainability Committee meeting Wednesday morning at the GBC offices in downtown Baltimore. City to get clean sweep Baltimore street sweeping will expand to serve 90 percent of the city’s streets starting in April, according to Jeffrey Raymond, chief of the Division of … Continue reading

Harford meeting to feature transportation, Fry

The Harford County Business Advisory Council meeting that was canceled has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 19. Developing Harford’s transportation priorities will be the focus of a presentation by C. Pete Gutwald, director of the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning. GBC President and CEO Donald Fry will also speak at the meeting, sharing insights into the 2014 legislative agenda. The meeting will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. … Continue reading

New chairman, Affordable Care Act focus of health care meeting

Human resources consultant David Johnson advised the GBC Health Care Committee on issues relating to the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday at the GBC offices in downtown Baltimore during Skip Counselman’s first meeting as chairman of the committee. Johnson explained the nuances of the controversial excise tax on high-cost health plans, a provision of the Affordable Care Act that will take effect in 2018. The tax targets “Cadillac” health plans that provide … Continue reading

BBJ: “Meet the busiest man in Baltimore: Don Fry”

Gary Haber Staff Reporter-Baltimore Business Journal Email  | Twitter When you move to Baltimore, you quickly discover three truths about the city. There are no bread crumbs in real crab cakes. Cal Ripken is God. And if you want to get something done in this town, you call Don Fry. In his 12 years as CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Fry has carved out a reputation as the guy whose phone rings when people … Continue reading

Three GBC board members attend Obama’s college opportunity summit

Morgan State University President David Wilson, Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra Kurtinitis and University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan attended President Barack Obama’s “Expanding College Opportunity” daylong conference Thursday, Jan. 16, at the White House. Wilson, Kurtinitis and Kirwan joined 100 other college presidents and 40 other civic leaders and education advocates who agreed to take action to help high-need students get a college education. Maryland … Continue reading

Governor O’Malley releases budget

Posted: January 16, 2014     Wednesday in Annapolis, Governor O’Malley unveiled his proposed FY2015 budget for the State of Maryland, the last of his budgets as governor. Excluding appropriations to the Rainy Day Fund, the General Fund grew by 3.6% over FY2014. The Governor’s budget includes record funding for K-12 education, record funding for local police aid, nearly $10 million to keep tuition growth to 3% and supports 48,000 jobs. As … Continue reading

12 honored at Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards

Posted: January 15, 2014 Twelve Baltimore companies were honored today by MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake as winners of the 2013 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards for community service by members of the private sector. The awards for outstanding corporate leadership, commitment to community and dedication to improving the quality of life inBaltimore City were presented by the mayor to winners during luncheon ceremonies at the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual awards event is presented by … Continue reading

GBC welcomes new staff members

Posted: January 13, 2014 The Greater Baltimore Committee welcomed in January two new staff members, Research and Policy Associate Shaina A. Hernandez and Digital Communications Editor Cassandra Miller. Shaina is primarily focused on analyzing and informing policy decisions to make Maryland a better place to do business, create jobs and enhance its competitive advantages. Shaina will also staff the GBC’s Education and Workforce Committee. Before joining the GBC, Shaina spent four years … Continue reading

Shapiro urges to stop winging it and start scripting

Posted: January 9, 2014 New York Times best-selling author and former sports agent Ron Shapiro discussed Thursday morning how to use scripting to be successful at everything from fundraising and salary negotiations to getting reimbursed for wedding dress woes. “You are all accomplished people; you are successful people,” Shapiro said to an audience of Greater Baltimore Committee members and guests at the Grand Historic Venue during the first installment of the GBC’s … Continue reading