Don Fry Commentary: Must Haves for Baltimore Region in the Next Regional Transit Plan

It’s been nearly three years since I co-published a commentary that noted that the Baltimore region’s transportation system was failing to meet our economic needs. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been significant improvement since then. The cancellation of the Red Line in 2015 killed a project that promised to connect residents...
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Don Fry Commentary: Baltimore’s Crime Strategy on WBAL NewsRadio

Baltimore continues to see high rates of violent crime, especially shootings and homicides. But a crime reduction strategy issued by the city’s new Police Commissioner provides a road map to bring about change. There’s a lot to like in Police Commissioner Michael Harrison’s strategy. The strategy aims to address crime with a two-pronged approach focusing on short-term and long-term issues. Short-term tactics on crime control include: Leveraging crime data to … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary: ‘Your real friends rally to your side and defend your good name’

It is often said that you find out who your real friends are when hard times hit or others try to put you down. Your real friends rally to your side and defend your good name. Recently the City of Baltimore has found that it has just these kind of friends far and wide. They have been coming to the city’s defense after it was falsely depicted and attacked recently … Continue reading

GBC’s Don Fry discusses Trump’s tweets, Baltimore’s assets on WBAL NewsRadio

Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, went on air on WBAL NewsRadio on July 30 to discuss President Trump’s recent anti-Baltimore tweets. He also talked about Baltimore’s tourism industry, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and his crime reduction strategy, as well as thoughts on what the city needs right now. “If the President had to spend a day here … he would have a better understanding … Continue reading

GBC to Trump: Come visit Baltimore

Baltimore Business Journal: GBC to Trump: Come visit Baltimore By Jessica Iannetta July 29, 2019 The Greater Baltimore Committee has invited President Donald Trump to visit Baltimore and see the city he has characterized as “rat and rodent infested mess” and a place where “no human being would want to live.” Donald C. Fry, CEO of the organization which counts some of the region’s most influential business leaders among its members, said … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee Says President Trump Needs to Come to Baltimore and See Why its Supporters are so Passionate

The Greater Baltimore Committee is extremely disappointed in President Donald Trump’s recent demeaning characterization on social media of Baltimore and his unfair attack on Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. “Baltimore is a great American city made up of hard-working residents and families that are extremely proud of its racial and ethnic diversity, world class educational institutions, top-notch medical research facilities, dynamic entrepreneurial culture … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary: All hands on deck in Baltimore

As the drumbeat of daily news reminds us, Baltimore continues to see high rates of violent crime for yet another year, especially shootings and homicides. In the past seven days, a 36-year-old man was killed by gunfire in Cherry Hill and two unidentified men were gunned down on the same street in the Pimlico area. A crime reduction strategy released recently by Baltimore’s Police Commissioner Michael Harrison provides glimmers of … Continue reading

GBC’s Don Fry comments in BBJ on Harborplace receiver’s report

Baltimore Business Journal: Harborplace receiver’s report details troubles, first steps to turnaround By Zach Phillips July 22, 2019 A five-year comparative sales analysis showed some of Harborplace’s longest-tenured tenants saw their sales decline as construction work on renovations stalled over the past few years. A new report by the receiver managing Harborplace offers an in-depth look at the deteriorating financial condition of the ailing Inner Harbor retail hub, declining sales … Continue reading

GBC’s Don Fry comments in Baltimore Sun on long-sought grant to help expand Baltimore’s Howard Street Tunnel

The Baltimore Sun: Feds award long-sought grant to help expand Baltimore’s Howard Street Tunnel but not as much as Maryland wanted By Colin Campbell and Pamela Wood July 22, 2019 Maryland will receive $125 million in long-sought federal funding to expand the Howard Street Tunnel under downtown — a project that would eliminate a critical bottleneck to the port of Baltimore’s booming container business, officials said Monday. The money is … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee Announces New Categories for Annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) has opened the nomination period for its annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, which recognize minority and women-owned businesses in the Baltimore region. In addition, the GBC has created three new award categories to recognize the important contributions such enterprises are making to the communities and regional and state economy, and to acknowledge majority companies who support their success. “Women and minority-owned businesses are key … Continue reading