Donald Fry: Cultivating a future workforce that is bright, young and local

By Donald C. Fry Employers in Maryland industry sectors such as healthcare, IT, technical services, manufacturing and sales, often complain that too many prospective employees today are “not hirable” for a number of reasons. This is not a phenomenon unique to Maryland, according to the Pew Center for the...

Middle-Skills jobs are open; who is here to fill them?

Middle-skills jobs are in demand, but what can regional business leaders and legislators do to fill them? Harry Holzer from Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute shared his research with GBC’s Education and Workforce Committee January 24 concerning what sectors middle-skills jobs are in, what problems lie in the current landscape and solutions to guide the development of a better workforce. Holzer said, despite observations to the contrary, “labor in the middle … Continue reading

Economic growth and job creation must be 2012 General Assembly priority

State lawmakers convened January 11 for the 2012 General Assembly session, facing a familiar challenge of having to close a projected $1 billion deficit. But Maryland’s long-term future will be shaped by how lawmakers act, or defer action, on issues relating to what has to be their overriding priority this year — economic growth and job creation, said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. A … Continue reading

AACC Cyber Forensics Team Wins International Competition

An Anne Arundel Community College cyber forensics team won first place in the community college division and was among the top 10 teams on the leaders’ board of the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge that drew 1,147 teams from all 50 states and 52 countries. The team will receive its award at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference Jan. 22-27 in Atlanta, Ga. … Continue reading

Donald Fry: In 2012, only one thing should matter in Annapolis: jobs

By Donald C. Fry When state lawmakers return to Annapolis for the 2012 General Assembly session, which begins on January 11, they will face the familiar challenge of having to close another projected $1 billion deficit. However, with a sluggish economic recovery forecast and uncertainty over the potential impact on Maryland’s economy of federal budget tightening, it should be especially clear to our elected leaders that now, more than ever, … Continue reading

Donald Fry: A ‘Plan B’ needed for job creation in Baltimore region, state

By Donald C. Fry How could the Baltimore region experience job losses in six of eight major employment sectors since 2008, yet rank in the top five for employment performance when compared to 19 other key competing U.S. regions? The answer lies in our region’s only two job-growth industries over the last several years – the government sector and the educational and health services sector. Employment increases in these two … Continue reading

Donald Fry: USM decision aims for something better than a merger

By Donald C. Fry The University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ decision on December 9 against merging the University of Maryland Baltimore with the University of Maryland College Park was not simply the end of something. It was the beginning of something better. The USM regents spent eight months studying the proposed merger concept suddenly advanced last spring by state Senate President Mike Miller during state budget deliberations. To … Continue reading

Middle-Skills Jobs in Demand; What Maryland education systems are doing to help

What is always said about college? “You can’t get a good job without a college degree.” And while Michael Thomas, director of the Baltimore City Public School’s Office of Learning to Work, has tried vehemently to put college on city school kids’ radar, he also knows middle-skill jobs are the ones most in demand now. Through research, Thomas found the majority of jobs in demand are considered middle-skill level, meaning … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Job-creation impact of transportation gets lawmakers’ attention

By Donald C. Fry The recently announced willingness on the part of Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration and state legislative leaders to consider a gas tax increase to create jobs while addressing the massive backlog of unfunded transportation projects raises hope in the business community that, finally, our elected leaders may address Maryland’s escalating crisis in funding transportation infrastructure. Most business leaders understand that mobility and a superior, reliably-funded transportation infrastructure … 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