Greater Baltimore Committee proposes tax credit for businesses locating in research parks

The Greater Baltimore Committee is urging state lawmakers to create a tax credit for businesses that locate at research parks affiliated with one of Maryland’s higher education institutions. Legislation that would create the tax credit, SB 739, has been filed by Senator Nathaniel J. McFadden, D-Baltimore City, and is...
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Expect contention in Annapolis over eminent domain, legislators tell GBC audience

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2006 legislative agenda drew generally supportive comments from Democrat and Republican General Assembly leaders at the GBC’s annual Legislative Forum on Jan. 30. But legislative leaders clearly indicated to the early-morning breakfast audience of more than 300 at the Hyatt Regency that they expect contention over one of the GBC’s top legislative priorities — retaining the ability of local governments in Maryland to use existing powers … Continue reading

GBC praises state’s increase in planned capital spending for Baltimore-area transit

Greater Baltimore Committee President Donald C. Fry and the Baltimore Transit Alliance have commended Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan and Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., for significantly strengthening planned capital spending for Baltimore-area mass transit during the next six years. The changes were part of Maryland’s final version of its Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) released last week by Governor Ehrlich. The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Transit Alliance … Continue reading

Participants selected for 2006 GBC Leadership Program

Fifty-two Baltimore-area executives were selected for the GBC Leadership Class of 2006. The class will focus on the greater Baltimore region, including topics on regional economic development, politics/government, education, public safety, health care, human services, and Baltimore’s cultural offerings. GBC president Donald C. Fry was a guest speaker at the Jan. 23 opening session. Following the opening session,class members will attend dinner with keynote speaker Freeman Hrabowski, president of UMBC. … Continue reading

Tippett: Focus on computer security “risks,” not “vulnerabilities”

When it comes to computer security, what’s the difference between your company computer system’s vulnerabilities and its risks? A lot, says Dr. Peter Tippett, the well-known chief technology officer of Cybertrust, a Herndon, Va-based information security. Tippett, who is widely credited with creating the first commercial anti-virus product that later became Symantec’s Norton Anti-Virus software, lectured more than 25 GBC members on his contrarian view of computer security during the … Continue reading

GBC hosts networking Happy Hour

More than 100 GBC members attended the Happy Hour at the Tremont Grand on January 12. The event included delectable hors D’oeuvres and networking. The Tremont Grand sponsored and hosted the event.

Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2006 General Assembly priorities

Enactment of more aggressive tax credit programs and other funding to nurture the growth of life sciences and technology businesses are among the Greater Baltimore Committee’s top legislative priorities for the 2006 General Assembly session. The GBC will also work to oppose legislation that could inhibit the state’s use of eminent domain to acquire land for economic development purposes. The region’s most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, the … Continue reading

Baltimore region gains top research and development ranking, according to new ‘State of the Region’ data

The Baltimore region has edged past the Boston region to gain a 1st place ranking for academic research and development investment among 20 U.S. metropolitan areas studied for the “2005 State of the Region Report,” according to data released today by the Greater Baltimore Committee. The Baltimore region garnered top-five rankings in 21 of 96 benchmark categories measuring business vitality, economic health, and quality of life among the 20 U.S. … Continue reading

GBC voices support for city-owned convention hotel

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) supports Baltimore City’s proposal for a publicly owned and financed convention center headquarters hotel. The importance and strength of the regional tourism and hospitality market and the demonstrated need for a headquarters hotel coupled with minimal financial risk to the City of Baltimore drive the GBC’s support for the project. Hospitality and tourism and the convention industry are vital components of the region’s economy. According … Continue reading