Kirwan lays out issues facing higher education

In an informal presentation to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Education Committee, University System of Maryland Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan presented a compelling portrait of where the state stands in terms of global competition and what that means for our institutions of higher education. “We face global competition like I...

GBC Baltimore Business Mixer 2007

More than 75 GBC members enjoyed a night of networking, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails in the Mount Washington Conference Center’s Historic Octagon Building on February 8. The Octagon’s elegant atmosphere has bred educational enrichment for more than a century. Built in 1855, Mt. Washington’s historic Octagon building has served as both a finishing school for the young women of Baltimore and later as a college. Photo Gallery    

GBC seeks nominations for region’s second annual Bioscience Awards

The Greater Baltimore Committee is seeking nominations for the Second Annual Greater Baltimore Region Bioscience Awards to be held on March 14. Nominate a company or individual you know for an award. The four award categories are: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Best New Product or Progress, Leadership in Bioscience, and Academic/Industry Collaboration. Nominators will be asked to submit documentation and narratives that fulfill several criteria and then to add other supporting evidence as deemed … Continue reading

ARINC’s John Belcher, T. Rowe Price’s Brian Rogers join GBC Board

Two top executives from the region’s investment and aviation sectors were elected to the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee. New members of the GBC board of directors are John M. Belcher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ARINC Incorporated; and Brian C. Rogers, Chairman of the Board and Chief Investment Officer, T. Rowe Price Group. John Belcher came to ARINC in 1997 as President and Chief Operating Officer, … Continue reading

GBC plays key role in gaining city support for BioTechnical Institute of Maryland

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates recently awarded a $250,000 economic development grant to the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI), culminating a year-long effort by the Greater Baltimore Committee to gain government support for the nonprofit that trains city residents who are high school graduates and places them in biotech industry jobs. The grant will enable BTI, which was founded in 1998 by Johns Hopkins geneticist Margaret B. Penno, to ratchet up … Continue reading

Lawmakers’ transit report calculates $2 billion operating shortfall in next 20 years

A panel of legislators created to identify “unconstrained” long-range transit funding needs in Maryland has issued a report that identifies a 20-year shortfall of $2 billion to simply keep up with operating costs and maintenance needs of the current system. When service enhancements and four proposed rail lines are added, the shortfall grows to $13.5 billion, the Maryland Transit Study Funding Steering Committee estimates. The panel wrapped up its work … Continue reading

Participants selected for 2007 GBC Leadership Program

Fifty-three Baltimore-area executives were selected for the GBC Leadership Class of 2007. The class’ year-long program 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 and CEO Donald C. Fry was a guest speaker at the Jan. 29 opening session. Following the opening session, class members attended dinner with keynote speaker Freeman A. … Continue reading

GBC 2007 Legislative Forum

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chairman Ulysses Currie and House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell assessed the Maryland General Assembly’s 2007 issues and challenges at the GBC Legislative Forum on January 29 at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel.                                                                             

Baltimore’s new mayor: Sheila Dixon, shares her perspective with GBC board

The week before her swearing in as Baltimore’s new mayor, Sheila Dixon met with the Greater Baltimore Committee’s board of directors, vowing to embrace an active “growth agenda” and to craft a comprehensive plan for improving the city’s public safety. Dixon told GBC board members at their January 12 meeting that she doesn’t want “things to come to a halt” in city government because of political agendas surrounding the mayoral … Continue reading

GBC legislative reception draws 100 lawmakers

More than 100 members of the Maryland General Assembly attended the Greater Baltimore Committee’s legislative reception on January 16 at Harry Browne’s restaurant in Annapolis. Lawmakers who chatted with GBC members included House Speaker Michael Busch and several committee chairs from both the House and Senate. Reception hosts included GBC president and CEO Donald C. Fry, GBC board members John P. McDaniel, president of MedStar Health; William E. “Brit” Kirwan, … Continue reading