Statement by Donald C. Fry, GBC President and CEO, regarding Catherine Pugh’s decision to resign as Mayor of Baltimore City

What follows is a statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, regarding Catherine Pugh’s decision to resign as Mayor of Baltimore City: “Catherine Pugh’s decision to resign as mayor of Baltimore today is in the best interest of the city. Her resignation provides...
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Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors Calls On Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to Resign

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors today called on Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to tender her resignation as Mayor. The Board acknowledges Mayor Pugh’s current leave of absence for health reasons and expressed its best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. After considerable discussion and thought, the Board determined that Mayor Pugh no longer possesses the public trust or moral authority to lead the city due to concerns … Continue reading

Statement from GBC President and CEO Don Fry on the passing of House Speaker Michael Busch

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry offered his thoughts on House Speaker Michael Busch. “He was respectful of legislators and advocates with divergent political philosophies and always made them feel that they had a fair chance to express their views,” Fry said. “He was always mindful of the importance of the General Assembly as an institution and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the body. Those traits … Continue reading

Proposal to raise minimum wage in Maryland supported with conditions by the Greater Baltimore Committee

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) expressed its support of a proposal pending in the Maryland General Assembly to raise the state minimum wage to $15-per-hour contingent on the inclusion of several key amendments. “The GBC has always maintained that any effort to change the minimum wage should be done on the federal or state level, not the county or city level,” said Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore … Continue reading

Read Don Fry’s testimony to the Baltimore County Council on Tradepoint Atlantic

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry submitted testimony to the Baltimore County Council on December 11, 2018 in support of the proposed agreement between Baltimore County, Maryland and Tradepoint Atlantic, LLC (TPA). The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is in support of the proposed agreement between Baltimore County, Maryland and Tradepoint Atlantic, LLC (TPA). This innovative agreement allows Baltimore County to benefit from development at the TPA Sparrows … Continue reading

Read GBC’s Position Statement: Baltimore City Council Bill – Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry submitted a position statement on October 17, 2018 to the Baltimore City Council for Council Bill 18-0276 – Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace. POSITION: Support w/Amendments On March 23, 2010, the Break Time for Nursing Mothers provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act became effective with the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Under this provision, employers with 50 or more … Continue reading

Read Don Fry’s testimony on Baltimore City Council Bill 18-0221 – Recordation and Transfer Taxes – Surtax – Dedicating Surtax Proceeds to Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry has submitted testimony to the Baltimore City Council for Council Bill 18-0221 – Recordation and Transfer Taxes – Surtax – Dedicating Surtax Proceeds to Affordable Housing Trust Fund. “Council Bill 18-0221 is meant to address the mistake of two years ago by providing dedicated funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. This funding source will not only allow for the construction … Continue reading

Statement from GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry on the passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

What follows is a statement from Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry on the sudden passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kametez on May 10, 2018. “The Greater Baltimore Committee expresses its deepest condolences on the passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz,” said Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry. “He was a steadfast supporter of business and a great regional partner. The Greater Baltimore Committee enjoyed his … Continue reading

Statement from GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry on Amazon briefing on HQ2

What follows is a statement from Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry, responding to Amazon briefing Baltimore officials on its HQ2 bid. “It’s clear that Amazon was impressed with Baltimore’s proposal and the many positive assets of high value in the city,” said Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry. “The GBC and leaders throughout the city will continue to highlight and promote these strengths … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee reaction to Baltimore Mayor Pugh’s decision to remove Police Commissioner Davis in favor of new leadership

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry, responding to Mayor Pugh’s decision to make a change at the top level of the Baltimore Police Department said: “The Greater Baltimore Committee agrees with Mayor Catherine Pugh that public safety, reducing violent crime and homicides, and restoring trust between the neighborhoods and Baltimore Police Department must be the city’s top priority. The most basic responsibility of government is to provide … Continue reading