Maryland’s HBCUs Fuel Economy, Innovation and Upward Mobility

This commentary appeared in The Daily Record on December 16, 2021. Last December, Mackenzie Scott, the philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, donated $85 million to three of Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs. The recipients of the generosity were Bowie State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). The gift generated a lot of buzz. But truth be told, … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary in The Daily Record: How Md. Small Businesses Can Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

If small businesses take the public health crisis seriously and follow the President’s mandate to require employee vaccinations, they can help Maryland cross the goal line. Continue reading

WBAL NewsRadio Commentary: GBC’s Don Fry on money Baltimore received with the American Rescue Plan Act [Audio]

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott is the fortunate recipient of a unique opportunity that few elected officials ever see — an unexpected infusion of money with wide discretion as to how it is to be spent. Continue reading

Daily Record Commentary by Don Fry: Continued population loss for Baltimore is troubling and unacceptable

The decades-long trend of residents leaving the city — and that loss not being offset by enough new residents moving in the city – is not only troubling but unacceptable. Continue reading

WBAL NewsRadio Commentary: GBC’s Don Fry on Maryland’s rankings when it comes to business [Audio]

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry talks about the state, impacts on businesses and questions how Maryland can improve.  Listen here. Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary in the BBJ: Building a path from workforce training to jobs is key

The GBC Preparing for the Future report includes an examination of workforce readiness in the Greater Baltimore region and a set of recommendations to address challenges that are impeding readiness. Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary in The Daily Record: Baltimore police reform is progressing

The BPD is making strides to turn silos into bridges and aiming to build trust and legitimacy over time through the reforms called for in the Consent Decree. It is progress that is needed and long overdue. Continue reading

WBAL NewsRadio: Don Fry on the importance of 3 Baltimore area companies making the Fortune 500 list [Audio]

For the first time in almost a decade, greater Baltimore has a presence on the Fortune 500 list of the largest public companies. Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry talks about the impact of this announcement. Continue reading