GBC 2006 Lunch with the Orioles

More than 400 baseball fans in business attire descended upon the Wyndham Hotel on April 6 for the GBC’s 28th annual Lunch with the Orioles.  

Panelists offer women professionals tips for getting on corporate boards

Maryland lags behind the national average for women serving on corporate boards of directors. However, the number of women board members is increasing slowly, according to new data presented at a March 28 GBC-sponsored program, “All aboard – Getting Considered for Board Service.” Women now hold 11.1 percent of seats on boards of 66 publicly-traded companies headquartered in Maryland, slightly less that the 13.6 percent national average, according to a … Continue reading

Baltimore’s double-decker tourist bus launches 2006 service

Baltimore’s open-top, double-decker bus service will launch its 2006 operations on April 8, providing tourists with transportation to key attractions in the city and marketing those attractions to visitors. Running every day, the modified double-decker buses, previously used for mass transit in the United Kingdom, will serve Baltimore visitors with the tops modified to create open-air upper decks. The buses will also feature tour guides to inform passengers about Baltimore’s … Continue reading

Army seeks small biotech firms as new consortium participants

The U.S. Army is seeking to tap the research and development resources of emerging bioscience companies through a new “consortium” and a streamlined procurement process for certain biotech-driven projects, a top Army biotech advisor told a Greater Baltimore Committee audience April 3. “We consider that biotech, in 25 years, will have the same total effect on military strategy as IT does now,” said Dr. James J. Valdes, scientific advisor for … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: How Transit Fared in the 06 Session

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR In a legislative session characterized more by partisan and procedural maneuvering than policymaking, the General Assembly’s theme for transit seemed to be “look before you leap.” Here are some of the highlights. Of the nearly two dozens bills affecting transit this year, only a handful made it to the Governor’s desk for signature. First, the Maryland Transit Administration’s most high profile project in the Baltimore … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Bioscience teamwork

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR At a time when elected leaders in Maryland seem to convert any available public policy issue into a partisan battleground, they are managing to work together on at least one strategic effort – the initiative to nurture bioscience industry growth. Consider, for example, the April 17 groundbreaking for a life sciences building on Wolfe Street in East Baltimore. The building will house the first of … Continue reading

Status report as lawmakers enter last week of highly-charged session

Entering the final week of the 2006 legislative session, we can report a number of successes on the GBC legislative agenda that have resulted. Unfortunately, as we anticipated, a number of our new proposals, although positively received, have not moved through the legislative cycle. The following is an overview of the status of GBC legislative priorities: Eminent Domain: The GBC strongly opposes any legislation that would inhibit the use of … Continue reading

MS Dinner of Champions to honor Don Fry, work of the GBC

The Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will honor Greater Baltimore Committee president Donald C. Fry and the work of the GBC at the 19th annual Dinner of Champions gala on September 8. The event will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Fry was selected because of his leadership as GBC president in strengthening the economic vitality and quality of life in the Baltimore region. “Don … Continue reading

Academics, not finances, rank as top challenge for incoming college students

Only one-third of today’s public high school graduates are ready to perform college work, according to Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp, president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. A general lack of readiness among incoming freshmen from public school systems is one of the top challenges colleges are facing, Seurkamp told members of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s President’s Advisory Council. “The more serious barrier is academic, not financial,” she … Continue reading