Maryland’s HBCUs Fuel Economy, Innovation and Upward Mobility

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This commentary appeared in The Daily Record on December 16, 2021. Last December, Mackenzie Scott, the philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, donated $85 million to three of Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs. The recipients of the generosity were Bowie State University, Morgan State...

GBC and BDC Honor 12 Companies with Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards as ‘Exemplary’

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) honored 12 businesses December 16 at the annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards, held virtually this year. During the event, the 47th, guest speaker Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said, “These businesses exemplify everything that is great about Baltimore.” The awards, he said, highlight “Private industry coming together with and for the community to advance the greater good and build a … Continue reading

2021 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award Winner Project Descriptions

Ascension Saint Agnes At the beginning of the pandemic, Ascension Saint Agnes (a faith-based healthcare organization delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable), stepped up to assist in many capacities. They partnered with Baltimore City Health Department to vaccinate over 1,600 first responders at the hospital, and increased access for seniors and other vulnerable populations through mobile vaccination clinics in … Continue reading

Regional Workforce Development Initiative Continues to Advance

The Implementation Workgroup appointed to oversee the implementation of the GBC’s Regional Workforce Development Initiative has approved a four component strategy that together will encompass all 69 recommendations found in the Preparing for the Future:  A Regional Workforce Development Initiative report. These four components include: Centralization of Information Website Apprenticeship Awareness Campaign Stakeholder Education & Engagement Advocacy and Outreach for Policy and Program Reforms The Regional Workforce Development Initiative is … Continue reading

Maryland General Assembly Votes to Override Governor Larry Hogan’s Veto of the Transit Safety and Investment Act

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation to provide a minimum capital funding level for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) each year for five years and protect MTA’s operating funds from reductions during the same time period. The provisions of House Bill 114 and Senate Bill 199 of the 2021 Regular Session – Transportation – Maryland Transit Administration Funding … Continue reading

Constellation Will Be Headquartered in Baltimore After Exelon Split

Constellation will be headquartered in Baltimore after Exelon Corp. completes a split next year. GBC President & CEO Donald Fry says, “Constellation is an innovative and growing energy company, as well as a key employer and contributor to the region’s tech sector and overall economy. The Constellation corporate headquarters in Baltimore will yield long-term positive impacts for residents, the business community and the region. It sends a signal that Baltimore … Continue reading

GBC Shares 2021 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards Red Carpet Interviews

On November 10, the Greater Baltimore Committee recognized 16 winners of the 2021 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards, issued annually to recognize minority and women-owned businesses and the majority businesses and executives that partner with them. Hear from GBC President & CEO Donald Fry, as well as nominees and winners behind the scenes at this event. These “red carpet” interviews provide an inside look at why it is important to … Continue reading

GBC President & CEO Donald Fry Speaks on WBAL NewsRadio About the Impact of Maryland’s HBCUs

MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, donated $85 million dollars to three of four Maryland Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Morgan State University, Bowie State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. While these gifts made headlines, GBC President & CEO Donald Fry discusses the significant impact that Maryland’s HBCUs have on the Maryland economy and students’ lives. To hear the full commentary (1 minute, 34 … Continue reading

GBC President & CEO Speaks at Press Conference on Transit and Safety Investment Act

On December 1, GBC President & CEO Donald Fry spoke during a press conference on the Transit Safety and Investment Act. Fry discussed the importance of reliable, efficient, and interconnected options to move people, goods, and services. He said investments in transportation are investments in a future stable and growing economy and that there are sectors of the workforce in the Baltimore region, particularly Baltimore City, that do not own … Continue reading

GBC Announces 12 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award Recipients

The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation have selected 12 businesses to receive the 2021 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award, which honors organizations that have demonstrated significant leadership and service to improve the quality of life in Baltimore. The annual awards are given for specific activities that have significantly benefited Baltimore City and are outside the regular mission or day-to-day work or activities of the business. Baltimore Mayor Brandon … Continue reading