GBC Testimony Presented to the Baltimore City Council on Proposal to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry testified before the Baltimore City Council’s Labor and Employment Committee on March 1, 2017 at a hearing about the $15 per hour minimum wage legislation which was introduced last year by Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and other members of the City Council. What follows is Don Fry’s testimony: Chairwoman Sneed and members of the committee, I appreciate the opportunity to speak … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s statement on proposed legislation to increase minimum wage in Baltimore City

The Greater Baltimore Committee has serious concerns about proposed legislation by the Baltimore City Council that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, noting that the bill could have a wide range of negative economic consequences for the city. Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, said increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour would result in Baltimore City being an “island” surrounded … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s “Call to Action” Report Outlines Recommendations to Remove Barriers and Expand Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders

A new report by the Greater Baltimore Committee outlines specific initiatives that public and private sector employers and elected leaders can take to remove barriers to employment and expand job opportunities for men and women returning to society after incarceration. A key benefit to expanding job opportunities for these returning citizens: Prevent them from falling back into crime, a long-standing issue for Baltimore. As noted in the GBC report, Opening Doors … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2016 Economic Outlook Conference to Focus on Industries of the Future and Post-Election Economy

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2016 Economic Outlook Conference on October 17 will focus on preparing for the future economy locally and nationally, as well as the potential effect the November elections may have on the economy. Who: Alec Ross, a technology policy expert, former Senior Adviser for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and author of The New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, will discuss the effect breakthrough research and innovations may have on … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee Encouraged by Baltimore City Council Show of Support for Port Covington

Below is a statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on the Baltimore City Council’s vote today to advance legislation that will pave the way for the proposed $5.5 billion Port Covington project by Sagamore Development Co. “The Greater Baltimore Committee is encouraged by the City Council’s show of support for the Port Covington project. This represents the most significant economic growth initiative in decades and holds … Continue reading