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Baltimore Development Corporation, others to present at GBC meeting

The Greater Baltimore Committee Built Environment and Sustainability meeting from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday will feature three presentations. Baltimore Development Corporation President and CEO Brenda McKenzie will give an update of current BDC initiatives. Peter Doo of Doo Consulting will give a presentation on the Living Building Challenge...
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Latest business climate rankings for Maryland range from 5th to 41st

  By Donald C. Fry How does Maryland’s business climate fare in the latest round of national rankings of the best states for business? Our state ranks from 5th to 41st on major business climate lists published in 2012 or 2013 that were recently reviewed by the Greater Baltimore Committee. Of seven major business climate reports examined by the GBC, Maryland ranked in the top 25 on three lists and … Continue reading

Brenda McKenzie to head Balt. Development Corp.

  Brenda McKenzie, who has served as a top economic development official of the Boston Redevelopment Authority since 2008, has been appointed the new president of the Baltimore Development Corporation. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the appointment Nov. 19 at a 1 p.m. news conference. McKenzie brings to Baltimore 18 years of valuable community and economic development leadership in the public and private sectors. She has quality experience in leading and … Continue reading

Clean Currents has action-packed “Wind-powered Baltimore Week,” Oct. 15-21

  Maryland-based Clean Currents is hosting Wind Powered Baltimore Week October 15-21 to celebrate Baltimore’s growing community of businesses, nonprofits and homes powered by wind. The week-long recognition of green energy powered organizations includes events, promotions and kicks off this year’s Green Neighborhood Challenge. Over 35 businesses and community groups are participating in Wind Powered Baltimore Week. Events range from a B2B networking mixer to benefit Baltimore Green Works to … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Labor Day violence frames the challenge facing new police commissioner

  By Donald C. Fry The recent Labor Day weekend violence in Baltimore City, where 16 people were shot and six died, brought holiday tragedy to several city neighborhoods, largely in the east and northeast sections of the city. They served as a brutal reminder that, despite declining violent crime rates and FBI statistics showing Baltimore City is no longer among the top five in the nation for homicides, our … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Amid encouraging crime stats, a sobering reality lurks

  By Donald C. Fry The FBI’s release last Monday of 2011 crime statistics provides encouragement to residents of Baltimore City. The city has dropped out of the top 5 in the United States for murder rates. It’s now No. 6. That’s good news, for sure. However, the sobering reality that we must also recognize is: We’re still No. 6 after 15 years of remarkable decline in Baltimore City’s homicide … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Port surge shows value of transportation infrastructure

  By Donald C. Fry While the Inner Harbor gets much of the glory when people think of Baltimore’s waterfront, our working port continues to be a major driver of our regional and statewide economies. This was decisively underscored by Governor Martin O’Malley’s recent announcement that cargo business at the Port of Baltimore is surging in a big way – an economic outcome that, in order to continue nurturing, touches … Continue reading

Port of Baltimore saw largest growth among major U.S. ports

  Governor Martin O’Malley announced April 23 the Port of Baltimore saw a 15 percent increase in the amount of cargo it handled in 2011, marking the greatest increase of growth by any major U.S. port last year. The Port’s public and private marine terminals saw 37.8 million tons of cargo cross their docks in 2011, up from 32.8 million tons in 2010. The total dollar value amount of that … Continue reading

Baltimore city pursues climate action plan

  It is 2020. You turn on the TV and scrolling at the bottom of your screen is a message: “STORM WATCH … FLOOD WATCH.” You panic. Why? Because your house is 8 feet above what was determined to be the flood risk height when your building was constructed. But as the sea level has risen this past decade, the cherished belongings you keep on the first floor of your … Continue reading

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