Donald Fry: Twenty-somethings bring a different culture to the workplace, says McDaniel’s Casey

By: Donald C. Fry One of the best ways to get a sense of today’s changing workplace is to understand that American workers have evolved from the “live to work” attitude of the World War II and baby boomer generations to the “work to live” philosophy of today’s twenty-something millennial generation. That’s a core dynamic framing the larger issue of how to absorb into our workplaces a new generation of … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Public education must re-focus on the issue of financial literacy

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR The topic of financial literacy is being debated more often in policy circles and in the media. Several studies, including a recent national survey, show that a majority of Americans lack working knowledge of financial basics that apply to borrowing, interest rates, inflation, risk, investing and pricing. Such holes in a person’s knowledge can worsen personal financial problems. They even deepened the economic effects of … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Maryland’s job growth data delivers a sobering business climate reality check

By Donald C. Fry Economist Anirban Basu needed only two words last week to describe, for members of Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), his assessment of Maryland’s post-recession job creation performance: “extremely disappointing.” Among other things, Basu noted that Maryland’s employment growth between April 2010 and April 2011 ranks seventh-worst in the nation. In a presentation entitled “Your 19th Nervous Breakdown,” the inimitable Basu, CEO of Sage Policy Group, delivered … Continue reading

GBC announces appointment of Jay Hutchins as Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations

Hutchins, who joined the GBC staff on May 16, will be working on legislation and public policy issues on behalf of GBC members including education and workforce development. He will also manage the GBC’s Bridging the Gap initiative to foster the growth and development of minority and women-owned businesses. “Jay brings the experience and a skill set to the GBC that will serve us well as an advocate in legislative venues … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Maryland’s jobs recovery is underway, but it’s sluggish

By Donald C. Fry The economic recovery has, technically, been underway since June 2009 – the date when experts say the Great Recession officially ended. But recently-released employment data tend to reinforce perceptions, in terms of job creation, that this recovery is off to a choppy start. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor, the state’s Comptroller’s office and Manpower, Inc.’s quarterly employment outlook survey all paint similar pictures of … Continue reading

Donald Fry: The ultimate measure of a workforce brainpower

By Donald C. Fry American humorist and author Arnold H. Glasow once wrote “In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goal posts are.” When it comes to workforce development in Maryland, we have a pretty clear view of the goalposts, thanks to a 2010 report by the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce. Seven years from now, the number of jobs … Continue reading

Mayor asks GBC to help craft city plans for job creation

The Greater Baltimore Committee, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) have been asked by Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to jointly develop a strategy for job creation and business expansion in the city. Rawlings-Blake made the announcement during her State of the City speech on February 7, where she focused on supporting job creation for the 21st century. In her speech, Rawlings-Blake also announced … Continue reading

GBC to lawmakers: Top priority must be job creation and economic growth

The Greater Baltimore Committee is urging state lawmakers convening for the 2011 session of the Maryland General Assembly to keep their eyes on the top strategic priority for meeting the state’s fiscal challenges – nurturing a healthy state economy. “We face a session where Maryland lawmakers run the risk of being consumed with plugging budget holes and losing sight of the one big thing that will ultimately resolve our state’s … Continue reading

Job No. 1: Keeping Alonso

James Campbell, a former member of the Baltimore school board and senior communications manager for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, wrote this commentary, which appeared in the November 23 issue of the Baltimore Sun. “When the Baltimore school system announced the appointment of Andrés Alonso as its new chief executive officer in 2007, Brian Morris, the board chairman, said, “We went after the best and we got him.” … Continue reading