GBC priorities for 2009 General Assembly session

Continuing strong state support for bioscience and technology industry development, tax credits that nurture business growth, funding the Red Line’s construction in Baltimore, and other important transportation initiatives are among the Greater Baltimore Committee’s priorities as lawmakers convene on January 14 for the 2009 session of the Maryland General...

Area colleges, hospitals support GBC’s call for light rail Red Line with two strategic tunnels

With public hearings scheduled to begin November 6 on the Red Line, representatives from Baltimore’s colleges and medical institutions added their support to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s call to build the planned east-west rapid transit project from Woodlawn to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a light rail line with two tunnels. The GBC is voicing strong support for Red Line Alternative 4C, which would feature modern light rail, a … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: City’s YouthWorks program provides youth with positive summer choices

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Most important things in life boil down to a very basic act that everyone gets to perform every day – the act of making a choice. The choices we make directly impact the quality of our lives. One of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s top priorities, the YouthWorks initiative, is all about placing a highly constructive choice before the high-school-aged youth of Baltimore City during the … Continue reading

MD offers new career and technology education programs

The face of what used to be known as vocational-technical education in Maryland has changed significantly. What used to be “Vo-Tech” has evolved into today’s Career and Technology Education (CTE) that offers high school and post secondary students learning options toward 48 career paths, according to Lynne Gilli, a CTE program manager. Currently, there are almost 120,000 high school CTE students in Maryland public schools – 44 percent of all … Continue reading

GBC urges members to help add 1,500 city youths to summer jobs program

The Greater Baltimore Committee has accepted a challenge to engage businesses and nonprofits in the region in an effort to increase the number of summer jobs available to Baltimore City high school students. The GBC is reaching out to its members to help Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s YouthWorks summer jobs initiative. “Summer jobs are everyone’s business” is the theme for Mayor Dixon’s YouthWorks campaign. This year’s goal is to find … 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

GBC priorities for 2008 legislative session

Repealing the recently-enacted sales tax on computer services, strengthening incentives for business investment, and protecting state funding for roads, transit, port and airport resources will be among the Greater Baltimore Committee’s top priorities as lawmakers convene on January 9 for the 2008 Maryland General Assembly session. GBC president and CEO Donald C. Fry will urge lawmakers to repeal what he says was a hasty decision during the final week of … Continue reading

Baltimore region retains top rank for research and development, according to ‘State of the Region’ data issued by the Greater Baltimore Committee

The Baltimore region maintained its first place ranking for academic research and development investment among 20 U.S. regions studied for the 2007 State of the Region report, according to data released Jan. 2 by the Greater Baltimore Committee. The report, compiled this year by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, assisted by the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute, ranks Greater Baltimore and 19 key competing regions … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: The Baltimore region�s 2007 business climate report card

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR The Greater Baltimore Committee, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and the University of Baltimore, have just finished compiling a “report card” on the region’s business climate. The 2007 State of the Region report ranks the Baltimore region and 19 competing U.S. regions on more than 100 key benchmarks that relate to business climate and quality of life. We’ve been compiling these reports every two years since … Continue reading