DPOB vision for downtown; more residents, open space

  Taking a loop through Baltimore City, there are noticeable things that can be done to improve structures, create open spaces and generally make the city a more desirable place to visit, work and live. But things are happening now and there is more to come, according to Downtown Partnership of Baltimore leaders. President Kirby Fowler and Nan Rohrer, vice president for economic development and planning, highlighted upcoming projects and … Continue reading

Fresh support voiced for new arena-convention center expansion

The proposed new privately-funded arena and hotel attached to an expanded Baltimore Convention Center near the Inner Harbor receive fresh support from the Greater Baltimore Committee and travel industry experts at the GBC’s October 10 Economic Outlook conference. If a feasibility study of the project now being conducted by the Maryland Stadium Authority is favorable, the GBC will seek up to $3 million from the General Assembly in the 2012 … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Sluggish growth forecast for Maryland not a recession, but is it OK?

By Donald C. Fry Sam Fraundorf, Wilmington Trust’s top investment executive, looked out from the Hyatt Regency podium at the more than 400 executives gathered for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s sold-out October 10 Economic Outlook Conference and summed up his 2012 forecast in five words: “It’s going to be okay.” Maryland and the nation will not slide back into recession, said Fraundorf, president of Wilmington Trust Investment Management, now a … Continue reading

Md. forecast for 2012: ‘sluggish’ growth, but not a recession

Wilmington Trust’s top investment management executive looked out from the Hyatt Regency podium at more than 400 executives who attended the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Oct. 10 sold-out Economic Outlook Conference and summed up his 2012 forecast in five words: “It’s going to be OK.” Maryland and the nation will not slide back into recession, said Sam Fraundorf, president of Wilmington Trust Investment Management. “That doesn’t mean it’s going to be perfect. … Continue reading

Revised ‘Plan Maryland’ due Sept. 7; public gets 60 more days to comment

Governor Martin O’Malley and Richard Eberhart Hall, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning, have outlined an additional 60-day review period for PlanMaryland, the State’s first strategic smart growth plan, in response to feedback from local officials who had requested more time to review the draft plan. On September 7, MDP will provide a revised version of the draft plan. It will reflect changes based on public comments it has … Continue reading

BGE updates GBC committee on next-generation ‘Smart Grid’ technology

In spring 2012, the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE) will begin installing the next generation of advanced meters, the first phase in providing residential and small business customers with features that will help them manage their electric use and bills. Called “smart” meters, the meters will allow two-way communication between the meters and BGE via a wireless network. Customers with new meters will see the first meter-related feature in … Continue reading

Maryland State Planning Secretary Hall discusses sustainable future ‘PlanMaryland’ initiative

PlanMaryland, characterized as “design-build,” is the State’s first comprehensive plan for sustainable growth and development, Maryland State Department of Planning Secretary of Planning Richard Eberhart Hall told GBC members at a Built Environment and Sustainability Committee meeting on July 28. “There can’t always be talk about plans from 30,000 feet,” said Hall. “We need to talk about it on the ground ‘community design’ level.” Oftentimes, the State throws road blocks … Continue reading

GBC-supported tax credits gain passage in 2010 Assembly session

In a 2010 General Assembly session punctuated by more fiscal shuffling to close yet another budget deficit, lawmakers managed to pass a number of bills, including several key tax credits, that could favorably impact the state’s business competitiveness. GBC-supported measures that passed the General Assembly included bills to continue and broaden an incentive program for historic building rehabilitation, to fund tax credits for bioscience investment, to extend tax credits for … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Baltimore City’s “green building” standards well-intentioned but flawed

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR The unintended consequences of well-intentioned Baltimore City “green building” standards that will take effect on July 1 may hamper, rather than nurture, city efforts to promote the construction of commercial and residential buildings that conserve energy and reduce their environmental impacts. The reason? The city law, as currently written, imposes more stringent “green” standards than in most surrounding counties. Baltimore, Howard, and Carroll counties also … Continue reading