Statement of Donald C. Fry, GBC President & CEO, regarding Gov. Hogan’s March 30 Stay-At-Home order

While Governor Hogan’s Stay-At-Home Executive Order may create more hardship for businesses, employers and employees, it is meant to ensure that Maryland can respond aggressively to the COVID-19 pandemic and enable us bounce back when the crisis subsides. Continue reading
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Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, regarding Maryland unemployment numbers

March 26, 2020 “The unemployment numbers reveal that the business closures and other restrictive measures being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 are creating economic hardship for many and that is unfortunate but not unexpected. The hospitality industry – hotels and restaurants –is a strong part of our regional economy and it has taken a significant hit which will drive up unemployment numbers. However, these steps taken by Governor … Continue reading

Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, Regarding Gov. Hogan’s March 23 order closing all non-essential businesses

The key is to remember all of us are in this together and the steps we each take today will have a significant impact on how quickly we can get through the pandemic. Continue reading

Letter from Md., D.C., Va. Business Community Urging Support for Stimulus

The letter expresses our commitment to working to expeditiously deliver the economic security needed during and after this health crisis, and our request to pass stimulus packages. Continue reading

Donald C. Fry commends Maryland tax filing deadline extension for business tax payers

“Many businesses are in the middle of making key financial decisions as they deal with the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on operations. The move by Comptroller Franchot to extend the tax filing deadline gives businesses breathing room,” said Don Fry. Continue reading

Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, regarding proposed Bill to Tax Services

“The GBC is deeply concerned of the negative consequences of altering the state’s tax structure based on legislation introduced at the halfway point of a 90-day session. Significant tax reform of this magnitude should receive much more thought and debate.” Continue reading

Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on Baltimore Police Response to Aerial Surveillance Planes

December 20, 2019 “The Greater Baltimore Committee has expressed its support for aerial surveillance as a new investigative tool to address the unacceptable crime rate in the city. The GBC commends Commissioner Harrison for his thoughtful and deliberative approach in developing a program that takes advantage of enhanced technology but is limited in scope and time to determine whether the technology is effective and if a longer term commitment is … Continue reading

Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on Maryland’s Commitment to Fully Fund the Howard Street Tunnel Improvement Project

December 5, 2019 “The Greater Baltimore Committee commends Governor Hogan, state transportation officials and CSX for their leadership in identifying the funds needed to advance this project of tremendous significance to the Baltimore region. The GBC has advocated for this project for more than a decade, and we applaud the collaboration and hard work of the public and private entities whose persistence has made it possible. Upon completion, the double-stacking … Continue reading

Statement of the Greater Baltimore Committee on the decision of Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. to step down and the selection of Senator Bill Ferguson to assume the role as Senate President

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and its Board of Directors commend Senate President Mike Miller for more than 30 years of strong leadership for the citizens of Maryland. President Miller has been a forceful champion of the Senate as an institution and a key determinant in many significant debates that have both written the history and shaped the future of the State. The GBC and its Board congratulate Senator Bill … Continue reading

Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on the Passing of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings

October 17, 2019 “The Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman Cummings. I had the great pleasure and honor of serving with Representative Cummings in the Maryland House of Delegates and found him to not only be an inspiring colleague to work with on issues, but a man of his word. I have never known a more passionate legislator,” said Fry. … Continue reading