GBC issues priority list to candidates for governor

Expanded tax credits and policies to spur business growth, including among minority firms, more state investment in developing Maryland’s life sciences business sector, and streamlined projects to accommodate growth from federal base realignment and closure (BRAC) decisions are among top priorities the Greater Baltimore Committee is recommending to candidates...

More teamwork needed to build state�s bioscience workforce, UMBI expert asserts

The state’s bioscience industry, labor and education leaders must strengthen their teamwork in order to meet the potential demand for a bioscience-ready workforce in the coming decades, a University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute expert recently told GBC members. Maryland’s bioscience employers say that graduates of the state’s four-year colleges “generally are not prepared for the jobs they enter,” Gary Coleman, UMBI’s assistant vice president for outreach, told members of the … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Ironies amid test scores at Baltimore City schools

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR In making Baltimore City public schools a key campaign issue, Maryland’s top candidates for governor voice competing views on city school system efforts to foster academic success in an urban, poverty-challenged environment. The reality is that Baltimore’s public school system is an enigma. It, indeed, ranks below most others in Maryland when it comes to overall student achievement. But it also produces some schools with … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Amid the turmoil, Copeland moved schools toward stability, accountability

Statement by Donald C. Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee on the Resignation of Dr. Bonnie S. Copeland Yesterday’s resignation of Baltimore City Public School System Chief Executive Officer Dr. Bonnie S. Copeland sends yet another jolt to the City’s public school system. Constant turnover of top management has plagued the system for decades and the resignation of Dr. Copeland, a talented and dedicated professional, adds one more chapter … Continue reading

Fifty executives attend GBC event to cultivate school-business partnerships

More than 50 business representatives attended the kick-off event for a revived Greater Baltimore Committee initiative to recruit business partners for Baltimore City schools. Businesses seeking school partnerships can expect better organization and more help in being matched with schools, said Deborah Silcox, director of partnerships for Baltimore City Public School System. The school system has not always been “a helpful or welcoming place” for businesses that approached them seeking … Continue reading

Status report as lawmakers enter last week of highly-charged session

Entering the final week of the 2006 legislative session, we can report a number of successes on the GBC legislative agenda that have resulted. Unfortunately, as we anticipated, a number of our new proposals, although positively received, have not moved through the legislative cycle. The following is an overview of the status of GBC legislative priorities: Eminent Domain: The GBC strongly opposes any legislation that would inhibit the use of … Continue reading

Academics, not finances, rank as top challenge for incoming college students

Only one-third of today’s public high school graduates are ready to perform college work, according to Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp, president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. A general lack of readiness among incoming freshmen from public school systems is one of the top challenges colleges are facing, Seurkamp told members of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s President’s Advisory Council. “The more serious barrier is academic, not financial,” she … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Community college funding

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Maryland’s community college system is an important part of our state’s higher education system and a critical resource for business growth. Maryland’s 16 community colleges teach 62 percent of the state’s high school graduates who attend college in Maryland. During the next decade, Maryland’s focus on preparing more public school students for college-level work is projected to increase demand for student enrollment at community colleges … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2006 General Assembly priorities

Enactment of more aggressive tax credit programs and other funding to nurture the growth of life sciences and technology businesses are among the Greater Baltimore Committee’s top legislative priorities for the 2006 General Assembly session. The GBC will also work to oppose legislation that could inhibit the state’s use of eminent domain to acquire land for economic development purposes. The region’s most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, the … Continue reading