Draft six-year capital transportation budget continues commitment to transit

The Maryland Department of Transportation has completed its annual tour to present its six-year capital budget to county officials. At just under $9 billion, the capital budget for highways, transit, port and the airport is large by historical standards, reflecting the infusion of funding that followed the 2004 increases to vehicle registration fees. Six-year funding for MTA and Washington area transit programs totals $2.6 billion. In contrast to last year, … Continue reading

O�Malley, Ehrlich support transit, but agree that funding will be a challenge

As both major gubernatorial candidates voice support for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s priorities for strengthening transit in the region and Maryland’s transportation resources in general, they also agree that finding ways to fund future transportation projects will be difficult. “We think more people would ride the Baltimore subway if one could go from east to west on it, instead of just from north to south. The ‘how to’ of how … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee wins Platinum PR Award for electronic communications

PR News, a leading national public relations industry publication, has named the Greater Baltimore Committee the winner of a 2006 Platinum PR Award in the category of “best electronic communications.” The GBC, an organization of the Baltimore region’s business and civic leaders, received the award during the Platinum PR Awards luncheon yesterday at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The GBC was among winners named in 29 categories from … Continue reading

Community leaders tour subway, light rail stations; gauge development opportunities

On a rainy Saturday in late September community leaders and elected officials took time to explore both realized and unrealized development opportunities around Metro Subway and Light Rail stations in Baltimore. The tour, organized by the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative, and the Greater Baltimore Committee, included projects at differing scales and stages of development. Participants saw garages under construction at Owings Mills, soon-to-be-developed parking lots … Continue reading

GBC launches new member mentor program

The Greater Baltimore Committee has launched a New Member Mentor Program to provide new members with one-on-one communication with current GBC members.  The GBC is seeking volunteers who have currently been with the GBC for more than one year and who may want to mentor a new member. To accommodate busy schedules of members, this program is informal and will not require a great time commitment. It’s designed to give current members the opportunity to relate to new … Continue reading

Leadership program accepting applications for 2007

The Leadership, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee, is accepting applications for its Class of 2007, which begins in January. Created in 1984 by prominent business and civic leaders, the Leadership program identifies and exposes leaders from the private sector, the nonprofit sector, unions and local government to new leadership opportunities. The Leadership’s goal is to stimulate increased civic involvement among individuals who have talent and commitment. The program … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Workforce Preparedness

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Communication and teamwork in education are becoming increasingly important to workforce development in Maryland. More teamwork is needed among educators and businesses if we’re to meet the demand for a knowledge based economy and qualified workforce in the coming decades. Maryland’s bioscience employers say that many graduates of the state’s four-year colleges generally are not ready for the jobs they enter. Academic programs to prepare … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Transportation Funding

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Transportation and transportation funding is likely to emerge as our state’s most significant economic development challenge in the next decade. In Maryland our transportation wish list is long and our pocketbook is almost empty. In addition to a multi-billion dollar backlog of highway and bridge needs, major studies of rail transit projects are reaching critical points. Two major projects are in Baltimore: the Red Line, … Continue reading

Shell Oil President John Hofmeister to address GBC members

Shell Oil company president John Hofmeister will be the featured speaker at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Public Policy Dialogue luncheon event on Nov. 10. The event topic is “How the U.S. Can Achieve Energy Security.” The 11:30 a.m. event, which is co-hosted by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and sponsored by Reliant Energy, will be held at the Tremont Grand in Baltimore. Shell Oil Company is one of America’s leading … Continue reading