2020 Legislative Session Bill Positions

Welcome to the GBC’s 2020 legislative session bill positions. Below are bills on which the GBC has taken a formal position. For each bill, there is a link to find out more information. To read the GBC’s written testimony, click on the position. If you have any questions or...

The GBC Check-In: Austin Davis, Census 2020 Project Manager for Baltimore City

Since 1790, the U.S. government has conducted the decennial census, as mandated by the Constitution. The census aims to count the entire population, and gathers data about sex, age, race, living situations and the number of people per household. According to the United States Census Bureau, response rates have declined due to the overload of information requests that citizens receive. However, responses to the 2020 census are crucial to the … Continue reading

Baltimore Business Journal: ‘Expect the unexpected’ Maryland businesses cautious as 2020 General Assembly begins

By Holden Wilen Jan. 9, 2020 Politicians from across Maryland flock to Annapolis every year for the annual legislative session and talk about how they will be passing laws that will affect the state for generations to come. Billions of dollars are at stake as Democrats push a plan to reform Maryland’s public education system. How the state will pay for that plan is important to businesses and residents statewide. … Continue reading

Mid Atlantic Venture Association and GBC to host 2020 Crystal Ball Breakfast Program

The Mid Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) hosts the 2020 Crystal Ball Breakfast Program in conjunction with the Greater Baltimore Committee on Jan. 23, 2020 at the Four Seasons in Baltimore. Featured speakers, which include some of the nation’s leading investors and industry playmakers, will discuss opportunities for extraordinary growth in 2020 at this once-a-year trendspotting program. Speakers include: Guy Filippelli, Managing Partner, Squadra VC Larry Contrella, Principal, JMI Equity Claire … Continue reading

GBC at 65: Highlights Through the Years

The many substantive issues the Greater Baltimore Committee pushed for during its early years included the development of Charles Center, construction of the Jones Falls Expressway, expansion of Friendship Airport, construction of the Baltimore Civic Center and creation of the Maryland Transit Authority. Here are some highlights of the GBC’s efforts through the decades. In 1956, the GBC was dedicated to alleviating traffic congestion from north and northwest Baltimore into … Continue reading

Baltimore Sun: Maryland transportation planning needs to include Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following op-ed appeared on BaltimoreSun.com on Jan. 6. By Donald C. Fry When state lawmakers convene in Annapolis this week for this year’s General Assembly session, transportation needs will be among many of the major topics up for debate. What happens could affect Marylanders — and more importantly the Baltimore region — for decades. Ensuring that residents and businesses have access to efficient and connected transportation networks is … Continue reading

GBC at 65: The First 5 Chairmen

In highlighting the story of the “GBC’s special role in the redevelopment of Baltimore,” the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 10th Annual Report provided a snapshot of the leadership of each of the GBC’s chairmen from 1955 to 1965:     1955, 1956 — Clarence W. Miles, Esq. Partner, Miles and Stockbridge “It was Mr. Miles who realized that the GBC could not expect to ‘legislate, enact, or enforce,’ but should afford … Continue reading

GBC at 65: The 1955 Board Members

See the list of the 1955 Greater Baltimore Committee members here. How many names and companies do you recognize? More GBC at 65 coverage Welcome to GBC at 65 GBC at 65: Highlights Through the Years GBC at 65: Annual Reports from the 1950s to the 1980s GBC at 65: The First 5 Chairmen Follow GBC at 65 throughout 2020 at gbc.org/gbc-65 Are you a Greater Baltimore Committee member, have … Continue reading

Welcome to GBC at 65: 1955-2020

The Greater Baltimore Committee was formed on January 5, 1955, with six objectives: The expansion and improvement of port facilities The establishment in the Baltimore area of planned industrial districts The acceleration of the construction of the Jones Falls Expressway The establishment of a Civic Center The development of a plan for modernizing Baltimore’s mass transportation system The development of a comprehensive urban renewal program Among the 83 founders were … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary on WBAL NewsRadio: Education Likely To Dominate General Assembly’s Session

While many are focused on the holiday celebrations and New Year’s resolutions, elected state officials have their eyes set on the opening of the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session. The 90 day session, which commences January 8, is shaping up to feature a number of controversial issues that would affect state policy for decades and could have a significant impact on employers and Maryland’s business climate. The issue likely to … Continue reading