GBC’s Donald Fry urges Congress to make infrastructure investment part of new stimulus package

Investment in strengthening the nation’s infrastructure, particularly its transportation resources, should be a major element of any new congressional economic stimulus package, Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry told members of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee on October 30. Deteriorating roads, transit and port facilities in the...

New Hilton Baltimore opens with fanfare and validation; O�Malley thanks GBC for supporting hotel project

The new Hilton Baltimore hotel opened its doors on August 22 with a celebration punctuated by a marching band, speeches by top officials from Maryland and Baltimore City, and a special first guest — Babe Ruth’s daughter. The construction of the 757-room city-owned hotel connected to the Baltimore Convention Center was strongly supported by the Greater Baltimore Committee. “This underscores Baltimore’s commitment to building on its strong assets as a … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: In Baltimore, don’t stifle the ‘opportunity factor’

Don Fry Commentary on WYPRBaltimore City’s current residential “boom” downtown and in Federal Hill, Inner Harbor East, Fells Point, Canton, and many other areas is obvious to any casual observer and is remarkable to even those who have lived here all of their lives. This development has begun to grow the city’s real estate values and its property tax base. It has put the city in a position to begin … Continue reading

State expert details costs, challenges of maintaining Maryland’s aging bridges

Maryland’s highway bridge infrastructure is aging and the cost of repairing or replacing bridges is increasing dramatically, according to the State Highway Administration’s top bridge expert. Many structures in Maryland’s bridge inventory were built in the 1950s and are in the later stages of the average bridge’s 80-year life expectancy, Earle S. Freedman, director of the SHA’s Office of Bridge Development, told members of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Built Environment … Continue reading

GBC prods state for strategy on transportation and energy infrastructure

The Greater Baltimore Committee is calling for state lawmakers to stop reaching for political “quick fixes” in dealing with Maryland’s two top infrastructure challenges — transportation and energy. Instead, the state’s elected leaders must develop and follow through on long-term strategies to address Maryland’s $40 billion backlog of unfunded transportation projects and to build electricity transmission and generation resources to meet increasing demand, GBC Chairman Atwood “Woody” Collins III said … Continue reading

Baltimore City Planning Department rewriting 35-year-old zoning code

The Baltimore City Department of Planning is engaged in a two-year initiative to develop a state-of-the art rezoning code to streamline the development process — a step up from the existing code in 1971 that took more than 20 years to make. While there have been amendments to the 1971 code, the city has not comprehensively evaluated or updated it since then. In 2006, the City adopted its first Comprehensive … Continue reading

GBC-sponsored NE conference hears warnings over transportation infrastructure

Pennsylvania’s governor and a Democratic congressman from Oregon issued twin warnings on February 29 in Baltimore that the U.S. must face up to the increasingly critical need to maintain its deteriorating transportation infrastructure. The United States must triple its spending over the next 10 years just to maintain its bridges, roads and transit systems, Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Ed Rendell told participants in the 2nd Annual Northeast Climate and Competitiveness Conference … Continue reading

GBC voices support for transit-oriented, BRAC development measures

Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry is voicing GBC support for legislative measures that would nurture economic development near transit stations and authorize the creation of special development zones near military bases in Maryland earmarked for growth related to federal base realignment and closure (BRAC). In testimony submitted to the Senate Finance Committee, Fry urges lawmakers to support Senate Bill 204, an administration bill that would add transit-oriented development to the … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Aging transportation infrastructure needs strategic focus, not tactical patches

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR A recent report from a federal commission on transportation policy contains some profoundly disturbing information, not the least of which is a recommendation to increase the federal gasoline tax as much as 40 cents per gallon over the next five years. That’s the estimated federal price tag for fixing the nation’s aging and ailing road and bridge system, according to a report by the National … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Unfinished business looms for “tax-fatigued” lawmakers

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR After enacting more than $1 billion in added taxes and other new revenues during the 2007 special session, “tax-fatigued” lawmakers are anxious to move on to other issues in the 2008 session of the Maryland General Assembly. However, unfinished business from the special session remains and will impact the General Assembly during the next 90 days and beyond. First, even with the special session’s revenue … Continue reading