Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on the Passing of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings

October 17, 2019 “The Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman Cummings. I had the great pleasure and honor of serving with Representative Cummings in the Maryland House of Delegates and found him to not only be an inspiring colleague to work with on issues, but a man of his word. I have never known a more passionate legislator,” said Fry. … Continue reading

The Baltimore Sun: Have thoughts about Baltimore-area transit? The MTA wants input on its plans for the next 25 years.

By Colin Campbell October 1, 2019 The Maryland Transit Administration is holding a series of open houses later this month — and business leaders are hosting a separate one Tuesday — to ask the public how they think the next 25 years of transit should look for the Baltimore region. Riders have already requested better connectivity, more frequent and reliable service, additional bus stop amenities like shelters and benches, and … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary on WBAL NewsRadio: What Kind of Mayor Does Baltimore Need?

Fall is barely upon us, but already the race for Mayor of the City of Baltimore is beginning to take shape and voters need to pay attention. As the city readies for the April 28 primary, the compelling question for voters to consider is: What kind of mayor does Baltimore need? I suggest to you that Baltimore needs a strong and transformational leader as its Mayor. What are some of … Continue reading

Top Transit Experts to be Featured at Event Hosted by GBC and GWP

Join us on October 1, 2019 for the second in a series of events to discuss the development of the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan by the Maryland Transit Administration with: John Porcari, President, WSP Advisory Services Alicia Wilson, Vice President, Economic Development, Johns Hopkins University Moderator: Scot Spencer, Associate Director, Advocacy and Influence, The Annie E. Casey Foundation The Greater Baltimore Committee and The Greater Washington Partnership — in partnership with the Central Maryland … Continue reading

At 40, Maryland Food Bank continues to work to eliminate food insecurity

For four decades the Maryland Food Bank has worked to eliminate what’s called “food insecurity,” the lack of food or the inability of families and individuals to afford or otherwise access enough of it. According to U.S. Census data, Maryland had the highest household median income — $78,916 — between 2013 and 2017 of any state. Despite that wealth, the state is no stranger to food insecurity, which is affecting … Continue reading

Don Fry Commentary: Expansion of Convention Center — An Opportunity That Can’t Be Missed

The hospitality and tourism industry has been a primary economic driver of the Baltimore region for the past 40 years, fueled in part by the tens of thousands of visitors that meet at the Baltimore Convention Center each year. But the aging venue is at a crossroads due to the changing competitive landscape in the convention and tourism industry. Built in 1979, the facility was last expanded in 1997. Since … Continue reading

GBC’s Donald C. Fry ‘heartened by growth in high-paying jobs’

The Daily Record: Baltimore Area Apartment Demand Stays Strong Despite Slower Job Growth Slow job growth proved a slight drag on the Baltimore metro area’s multifamily rent growth, but demand for rental properties remained solid, according to a report released by CBRE on Sept. 24. Rents year over year are up 3.4% in the suburbs but increased by less than 1% in the city. That rent growth, according to CBRE, … Continue reading

The GBC Check-In: Deborah Matz, BTG Committee Member

The GBC spoke with several Bridging the Gap committee members about their thoughts on the GBC’s first annual Bridging the Gap: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit, which takes place on October 21, 2019. Deborah L. Matz, Director of Treasury Management Services, Howard Bank, shared her views about the upcoming event. GBC: Why do you think this is an important conversation to have in the Baltimore region? Deborah Matz: I think Baltimore is really a … Continue reading

GBC submits testimony on Patapsco Lower North Branch Bill

The GBC recently submitted testimony to the Howard County Council in opposition to Bill No. 38 -2019 — The Patapsco Lower North Branch Bill. This legislation seeks to prohibit virtually any development, redevelopment, public works projects, and even the ability for homeowners to make minor improvements to their property within the Patapsco Lower North Branch Watershed. While the GBC is strongly supportive of responsible development and reasonable environmental protections, this … Continue reading