Is technology changing the legislative equation in Annapolis?

  By Donald C. Fry There can hardly be anyone in the state who isn’t aware of Question 7. That’s the statewide voter referendum on the Nov. 6 Maryland election ballot to ratify legislation passed during the General Assembly’s second 2012 special session to locate a slots casino in Prince George’s County and to authorize table games at all casinos in Maryland. Because of the deluge of mass media advertising … Continue reading

Roundtable discussion generates excitement around growing tech industry

  Tom Loveland, CEO of Mind Over Machines and Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Don Fry hosted a Tech Roundtable on Sept. 26 with key members of Baltimore’s thriving entrepreneurial tech community in an effort to learn more about the business issues that are of interest to this industry group. In an informal discussion, tech CEOs said their vision is to have Baltimore become the hotbed for tech startups. … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Cyber threat warnings offer scary scenarios

  By Donald C. Fry To the more than 300 CEOs and senior executives who gathered for the Greater Baltimore Committee’s annual Economic Outlook Conference yesterday, the program may have seemed like a 21st-century version of a “Scared Straight” experience. The United States is the target of daily cyber attacks that are costing U.S. businesses millions of dollars, two members of Congress and a private-sector expert told business leaders. And … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Transportation legislation not the only issue on business radar in Annapolis

By Donald C. Fry While business advocates are focusing much attention on Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposal to address Maryland’s crisis in funding its transportation infrastructure, lawmakers are considering a number of other issues that would impact the state’s competitive business environment. Business and transportation advocates are reviewing the details of the governor’s bill filed last week that seeks to ultimately raise an estimated $613 million per year in new revenue … Continue reading

Economic growth and job creation must be 2012 General Assembly priority

State lawmakers convened January 11 for the 2012 General Assembly session, facing a familiar challenge of having to close a projected $1 billion deficit. But Maryland’s long-term future will be shaped by how lawmakers act, or defer action, on issues relating to what has to be their overriding priority this year — economic growth and job creation, said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. A … Continue reading

AACC Cyber Forensics Team Wins International Competition

An Anne Arundel Community College cyber forensics team won first place in the community college division and was among the top 10 teams on the leaders’ board of the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge that drew 1,147 teams from all 50 states and 52 countries. The team will receive its award at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference Jan. 22-27 in Atlanta, Ga. … Continue reading

Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in Baltimore

New York: Wall Street Nashville: country singers Pittsburgh: steel country Silicon Valley: technology hub Baltimore: ??? How can the Baltimore region be the East Coast version of Silicon Valley? Members of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Technology & Innovation Committee tackled the topic at their Dec. 14 meeting. It’s not a matter of attempting to reinvent the wheel, but simply recognizing strengths already in place and marketing them, suggested speakers at … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Tech jobs are here, more are coming, but can we fill them?

By Donald C. Fry As hard as jobs are to find in the middle of the recession that is gripping our state, there is at least one industry segment in Maryland where jobs are readily available to qualified applicants – information technology. “There is negative unemployment in the cyber security industry,” says Bill Varner, president of ManTech Mission and Technology Solutions, who adds that his company is continually challenged to … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Port surge in 2010, Seagirt improvements spawn optimism around the waterfront

By Donald C. Fry   While much of future economic growth in the Baltimore region and the state is projected to lie in our potential for bioscience industry development and high tech innovation, business is surging and a bright future looms for an original and long-standing economic engine in Maryland – Baltimore’s port.     After a disappointing year in 2009, the Port of Baltimore rebounded in 2010 when 33 … Continue reading