Greater Baltimore Committee’s statement on the Baltimore City Council’s vote on minimum wage

Below is the statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on the decision today by the Baltimore City Council to pass legislation that will raise the minimum wage to $15-per-hour in the city. “The Greater Baltimore Committee is very disappointed in the City...

GBC’s Don Fry named to YouthWorks Leadership Circle to support summer jobs for youths

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh was joined March 20 by leaders from Baltimore City’s business and philanthropic communities to announce the formation of the YouthWorks Leadership Circle. This group, comprised of local stakeholders committed to the importance of youth employment, will help promote the need for donations and the identification of work sites to support Baltimore’s 2017 summer jobs program. “Half the workforce will be Millennials by 2020 and it is … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A strategic investment to grow manufacturing jobs in Maryland

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on on March 16, 2017. There’s a lot of merit to the proposed legislation submitted by Governor Larry Hogan and making its way through the Maryland General Assembly that would provide tax incentives to businesses that increase manufacturing jobs in economically distressed jurisdictions. A similar proposal died last year in the General Assembly. But the Hogan administration spent some time since examining the … Continue reading

McDaniel College President highlights Generational Differences in the Workplace at GBC Breakfast Briefing

McDaniel College President Dr. Roger N. Casey spoke about “From Boom to Z: Your Guide to Generational Differences in the Workplace” at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Breakfast Briefing on March 9. More than 60 GBC members and non-members heard from President Casey, who offered insights into generations from Baby Boomers to Generation Z and how they interact with one another in the workplace. View President Casey’s PowerPoint presentation here. View photos … Continue reading

GBC testifies against proposed $15 per hour minimum wage legislation

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

Read what they’re saying about the GBC’s Newsmaker Breakfast: The Future of the Preakness and Pimlico Race Course

Read what they’re saying about the GBC’s Newsmaker Breakfast: The Future of the Preakness and Pimlico Race Course on February 27. More than 60 GBC members attended the event to hear from Thomas E. Kelso, Chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group, and Maryland Delegate Samuel I. (Sandy) Rosenberg, a champion in the Maryland General Assembly on issues pertaining to the racetrack and whose legislative district includes … Continue reading

BBJ Podcast: GBC’s Don Fry talks minimum wage, arena studies

Editor’s note: The following podcast appeared on on February 27, 2017. By Jonathan Munshaw, Digital Editor, Baltimore Business Journal Much of Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry’s time these days is spent focused on bills in front of the General Assembly, as well as defeating a proposal that would increase the city’s minimum wage. The GBC has been an outspoken opponent of a bill in the City Council … Continue reading

Sponsorship opportunities available for GBC’s 37th Annual Meet and Greet with the Baltimore Orioles on April 2

The Greater Baltimore Committee announces the 37th Annual Meet and Greet with the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Join the GBC in welcoming back the “Boys of summer.” If you go: When: Sunday, April 2, 2017; Noon to 1 p.m. Registration and reception; 1 to 2 p.m. Program Where: Hilton Baltimore, 401 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Join us for: Food and beverages; autograph and photos; raffles; and interviews with Orioles Manager Buck Showalter, Orioles Executive … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Time to eliminate cash bail in Maryland

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on on February 16, 2017. A landmark decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals that directs court commissioners and district court judges to consider imposing conditions other than cash bail to ensure defendants appear for trial made front page news earlier this month. Meanwhile, two bills introduced just days later in the Maryland General Assembly, which would put the force of law behind … Continue reading

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