Greater Baltimore Committee elects four new board members

Four top executives from the region’s legal, housing, and media sectors were elected to the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee during the GBC’s 2006 annual meeting on May 22. New members of the GBC board of directors are: John Meade, president of Ryland Homes’ Baltimore Division, Ellicott City, Maryland; Albert J. Mezzanotte, Jr., managing partner of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP, Baltimore, Maryland; Paul A. Tiburzi, managing … Continue reading

Current Baltimore-area construction would add 620,000 square feet of bioscience space by 2008

Building projects now underway at three research parks in the Baltimore area will add 620,000 square feet of wet lab and research facilities to the region within two years, according to progress reports presented at the GBC’s May 16 bioscience event in Howard County. Managers of the biopark development projects near the University of Maryland, Baltimore; Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and University of Maryland Baltimore County offered updates on their … Continue reading

Hopkins expert outlines avian flu facts to GBC committee

As the staffs at Maryland hospitals and public health officials make local contingency plans for a possible avian flu pandemic, it is far from certain that the current strain of flu contracted by humans in Asia and the Middle East will cause the next pandemic in the U.S., a Hopkins epidemiologist told the GBC Healthcare Committee at its May 9 meeting. The reason? The H5N1 avian flu, which first emerged … Continue reading

New Law Requires Study of Transit Needs; Funding Sources

Among the bills enacted this year is SB 850 which requires the Maryland Department of Transportation to study transit needs in Maryland and how transit in funded elsewhere in the country. The study will be overseen by a steering committee comprised of six legislators and the secretaries of Transportation and Budget. The department must then issue a report in December, presumably in time to influence budget decisions in the 2007 … Continue reading

Red Line workshops begin May 11

The Maryland Transit Administration will conduct five community workshops between May 11 and May 23 on the planned east-west Red Line. The workshops, scheduled for five locations along the 10-mile alignment between Woodlawn and Fells Point, will follow up on concerns raised during the last round of meetings in November 2005. The workshops will include presentations showing proposed alternatives for The Red Line, followed by roundtable discussions of station locations … Continue reading

New Battelle study cites “comprehensive” bioscience development efforts in Maryland

Maryland continues to offer a “comprehensive set of efforts” to nurture bioscience industry growth, according to an April 2006 report from Battelle Technology Partnership on state bioscience initiatives. The report cites significant state government budgeting for capital expenditures, tax policy changes, and the development of two new bioscience parks in Baltimore City. It notes that tax policy changes made since 2004 include reauthorization of the research and development tax credit … Continue reading

GBC-supported bill to create health care workforce commission bill signed into law

Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., signed into law a bill supported by the Greater Baltimore Committee that will create a commission to study the health care workforce shortage in Maryland. The bill, HB 1127, was proposed by the GBC in collaboration with Delegate Peter A. Hammen, chair of the House Health and Government Operations Committee. The commission will be charged with working with the health care industry, academic, medical and … Continue reading

Hamm: Police helping neighborhoods ‘change value systems’

The Baltimore City Police Department will target 20 high-violence neighborhoods for “safe zone” interventions in 2006 as part of its efforts to combat a 4 percent spike in crime so far this year, Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm told the GBC. The “safe zone” concept employs a combination of concentrated enforcement with community building services and activities to help residents of violence-prone areas regain a neighborhood sense of normalcy and social … Continue reading

GBC wins communication award for “Bridging the Gap” initiative

The GBC is a winner in The Communicator Awards 2006 Print Competition, an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communication field. The GBC won the Award of Distinction in the Communication Awareness Program category for its “Bridging the Gap” program. The Award of Distinction is awarded for projects that exceed industry standards in design or communication skills. Approximately 18 percent of the entries won this award. Entries were … Continue reading