Don Fry Commentary in The Baltimore Sun: This is what we need from the next mayor

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While the Greater Baltimore Committee does not endorse or financially support candidates for public office, we strongly believe that there are certain qualities that the next Mayor of Baltimore must possess to effectively lead the City in the midst of these uncertain times and unprecedented challenges. Continue reading...
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Don Fry Commentary: Salvos over public safety in Maryland, Baltimore

In recent days, the debate in Annapolis over legislative proposals to address public safety concerns has become personal and emotional between Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders. Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary on WBAL NewsRadio: A Winning Bet for Maryland Horse Racing

The facilities at Pimlico will receive a “face lift” and the Preakness Stakes will continue to be run annually in Baltimore – where it belongs. Continue reading

Baltimore Sun: Maryland transportation planning needs to include Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following op-ed appeared on BaltimoreSun.com on Jan. 6. By Donald C. Fry When state lawmakers convene in Annapolis this week for this year’s General Assembly session, transportation needs will be among many of the major topics up for debate. What happens could affect Marylanders — and more importantly the Baltimore region — for decades. Ensuring that residents and businesses have access to efficient and connected transportation networks is … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary on WBAL NewsRadio: Education Likely To Dominate General Assembly’s Session

While many are focused on the holiday celebrations and New Year’s resolutions, elected state officials have their eyes set on the opening of the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session. The 90 day session, which commences January 8, is shaping up to feature a number of controversial issues that would affect state policy for decades and could have a significant impact on employers and Maryland’s business climate. The issue likely to … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary: Thanks to these generous businesses

In less than a week, millions will travel near and far to celebrate one of the truly great American traditions, Thanksgiving. But there are many who do not have the financial or social resources to celebrate the holiday with a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. In fact, experts tells us that one in nine Marylanders is “food insecure,” meaning they are unsure where their next meals will come from exactly. However, Centerplate, … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary on WBAL NewsRadio: What Kind of Mayor Does Baltimore Need?

Fall is barely upon us, but already the race for Mayor of the City of Baltimore is beginning to take shape and voters need to pay attention. As the city readies for the April 28 primary, the compelling question for voters to consider is: What kind of mayor does Baltimore need? I suggest to you that Baltimore needs a strong and transformational leader as its Mayor. What are some of … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary: Expansion of Convention Center — An Opportunity That Can’t Be Missed

The hospitality and tourism industry has been a primary economic driver of the Baltimore region for the past 40 years, fueled in part by the tens of thousands of visitors that meet at the Baltimore Convention Center each year. But the aging venue is at a crossroads due to the changing competitive landscape in the convention and tourism industry. Built in 1979, the facility was last expanded in 1997. Since … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary: The business case for diversity, equity and inclusion

The 2018 State of the Region Report released by the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council highlighted the rapid pace at which the Baltimore region is increasing in racial diversity. Since 1998, the white population in the region has decreased from 82% to 61%, while the percentages of African-American and Hispanic populations have more than doubled — from 14 to 29% and 3 to 6%, respectively. Women … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary: Must Haves for Baltimore Region in the Next Regional Transit Plan

It’s been nearly three years since I co-published a commentary that noted that the Baltimore region’s transportation system was failing to meet our economic needs. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been significant improvement since then. The cancellation of the Red Line in 2015 killed a project that promised to connect residents in distressed Baltimore-area neighborhoods to workforce centers and other essential destinations. To date, the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) $135 million BaltimoreLink … Continue reading