Latest business climate rankings for Maryland range from 5th to 41st

  By Donald C. Fry How does Maryland’s business climate fare in the latest round of national rankings of the best states for business? Our state ranks from 5th to 41st on major business climate lists published in 2012 or 2013 that were recently reviewed by the Greater Baltimore Committee....

Brenda McKenzie to head Balt. Development Corp.

  Brenda McKenzie, who has served as a top economic development official of the Boston Redevelopment Authority since 2008, has been appointed the new president of the Baltimore Development Corporation. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the appointment Nov. 19 at a 1 p.m. news conference. McKenzie brings to Baltimore 18 years of valuable community and economic development leadership in the public and private sectors. She has quality experience in leading and … Continue reading

Sailabration showcased Baltimore’s �fun’ potential

  By Donald C. Fry It’s official. Sailabration, the 10-day maritime and air festival from June 13-19 around Baltimore’s waterfront, was the largest event ever in Baltimore and Maryland, according to expert crowd measurers. This is probably not surprising news to those who thronged to Baltimore to climb aboard dozens of tall ships and other vessels docked along the harbor, and to watch the Navy’s celebrated Blue Angels buzz the … Continue reading

Oriole Park: 20-year economic driver for the city

Anyone who has toured Oriole Park at Camden Yards or heard of its history knows the ballpark is as iconic nationwide as Fort McHenry and spawned an entire era of ballpark revitalization in baseball. But what some may not know is that this brick behemoth almost had a different address. As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Camden Yards, seven business and sports advocates took part in a panel … Continue reading

Grand Prix of Baltimore is almost upon us

  Road closures and construction of the race course have started for the second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore event to take place Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2). The event features the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. The IZOD IndyCar Series, a new race car design for 2012 and turbocharged engines from Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus will include Will Power, the … Continue reading

Donald Fry: 1812 Bicentennial: Baltimore’s chance to shine … again

  By Donald C. Fry Outside of Maryland, the War of 1812 does not get the same degree of mention as the other military conflicts our country has engaged in throughout its history. It’s a war that, most of the time, gets marginal attention and generally less respect than it is due. But for the next two years, that won’t be the case as our nation and state celebrate the … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry details potential Baltimore ‘game changers’

  Potential game-changers for Baltimore City and the region during the next few decades could range from Inner Harbor revitalization to strengthening the city’s rail transit and rail connections between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., according to Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry. Before the recession, downtown Baltimore City was in the early stages of a strong surge of economic development, particularly around its waterfront, and must position … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Maryland needs a Top 10 list of regulatory barriers

  By Donald C. Fry There is little dispute over Maryland’s many compelling strengths when it comes to business climate and its potential for economic growth. But a long-standing disconnect appears to remain between the public and private sectors over the effect of taxes and regulations on our state’s business climate. It was announced last week Maryland ranks among the top five states for economic growth and is the 7th … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Amid encouraging crime stats, a sobering reality lurks

  By Donald C. Fry The FBI’s release last Monday of 2011 crime statistics provides encouragement to residents of Baltimore City. The city has dropped out of the top 5 in the United States for murder rates. It’s now No. 6. That’s good news, for sure. However, the sobering reality that we must also recognize is: We’re still No. 6 after 15 years of remarkable decline in Baltimore City’s homicide … Continue reading

Rash Field concepts win award for Ayers/Saint/Gross

  Ayers/Saint/Gross, Baltimore’s largest architecture firm, won an Honor Award in the 19th annual Professional Awards Program by the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Maryland and Potomac chapters for three conceptual designs of Rash Field they created for the Greater Baltimore Committee. Ayers/Saint/Gross’ “Rash Field: Re-Envisioned Project” will be honored at an awards banquet held on April 27 at the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C. The GBC unveiled three … Continue reading