Sailabration showcased Baltimore’s �fun’ potential

  By Donald C. Fry It’s official. Sailabration, the 10-day maritime and air festival from June 13-19 around Baltimore’s waterfront, was the largest event ever in Baltimore and Maryland, according to expert crowd measurers. This is probably not surprising news to those who thronged to Baltimore to climb aboard dozens...

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

Oriole Park: 20-year economic driver for the city

Anyone who has toured Oriole Park at Camden Yards or heard of its history knows the ballpark is as iconic nationwide as Fort McHenry and spawned an entire era of ballpark revitalization in baseball. But what some may not know is that this brick behemoth almost had a different address. As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Camden Yards, seven business and sports advocates took part in a panel … Continue reading

GBC members get ‘Insider’ tour of Maryland Live! casino

  Maryland Live! Casino has performed as its developer, the Cordish Companies, anticipated in its first month and there is still more to come. Within the inaugural 30 days, the casino brought in $28.5 million, the Maryland State Lottery reported, which is on par with the “high expectations” set by management, Joe Weinberg, managing partner of Cordish, told the crowd at GBC’s Insiders’ Access event at the casino July 10. … Continue reading

Donald Fry: 1812 Bicentennial: Baltimore’s chance to shine … again

  By Donald C. Fry Outside of Maryland, the War of 1812 does not get the same degree of mention as the other military conflicts our country has engaged in throughout its history. It’s a war that, most of the time, gets marginal attention and generally less respect than it is due. But for the next two years, that won’t be the case as our nation and state celebrate the … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry details potential Baltimore ‘game changers’

  Potential game-changers for Baltimore City and the region during the next few decades could range from Inner Harbor revitalization to strengthening the city’s rail transit and rail connections between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., according to Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry. Before the recession, downtown Baltimore City was in the early stages of a strong surge of economic development, particularly around its waterfront, and must position … 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

Sailabration Festival hosts assortment of entertaining activities June 14-19

  From air, to sea, to land, Star-Spangled Sailabration covers it all with a variety of lively activities and entertainment scheduled during the week-long maritime festival. On June 14-19, the Sailabration Village – Inner Harbor features live music concerts, street theater, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, sporting events, food, beer and wine. In addition, the Inner Harbor village includes guest services, first aid, portable restrooms, ATMs, bike parking, and locations … Continue reading

GBC-sponsored Inner Harbor light show a hit among Baltimoreans

Above is a video from the New Year’s Eve show, complete with fireworks.Thanks to donaldrparksiii for the video pulled from YouTube. The end of the year brought the end of the Inner Harbor Light Show. The show previewed the GBC’s concept for year-round entertainment intended to pump up the “fun” element at the Inner Harbor after dark. Viewers of the light show enjoyed the unique nature of the concept and … Continue reading

Hyatt Regency Baltimore’s Gail Smith-Howard wins prestigious award

Hyatt Regency Baltimore general manager Gail Smith-Howard has been named a recipient of a prestigious national award from the Atlanta, Ga.-based Trumpet Foundation. Smith-Howard is one of 26 nationally- and internationally-known leaders and a select group of hotel general managers to win the 2012 Trumpet Award, which recognizes African-American achievements and contributions. The awards were presented during a nationally-televised broadcast hosted by Wayne Brady, host of CBS’s Let’s Make A … Continue reading