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

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

Donald Fry: Northeast needs more attention from federal rail planners

By Donald C. FryMajor business advocacy organizations from Maine to Virginia, including the Greater Baltimore Committee, are urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund and lead an $18.8 million planning effort for strengthening high-speed rail resources and related transportation modes in the heavily-traveled northeast corridor. Representatives of more than 30 business and civic groups in the northeast signed a June 22 letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood … Continue reading

GBC, tech advocates explore high-speed fiber options

An overflow audience of more than 180 high-tech managers and advocates gathered today at a GBC-hosted event to begin exploring options for Baltimore to develop a high-speed fiber optic network with or without winning a 1,200-city competition to obtain free fiber installation from Google. Meeting participants who jammed into the University of Baltimore’s Thumel Business Center heard presentations from two towns – Lafayette, La. and Fort Wayne, Ind. – that … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: It’s not good to be clueless in cyberspace

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Do you know what was in that cool little photoblog app that you installed on your office computer last Tuesday? This is a seemingly innocent rhetorical question from cyber expert Bill Anderson, founder of Oculis Labs in Hunt Valley, Maryland. His answer is far less harmless. “It was a trojan,” Anderson says. “Today someone in Uzbekistan owns your network.” This is not a laugh line … Continue reading

Cardin: ‘We’ve got to do a better job’ addressing cyber-security issues

Computer security has become an “increasingly important part of our national debate,” U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin told more than 90 Greater Baltimore Committee members who attended an April 22 GBC’s cyber security workshop in Baltimore. In recent hearings of the Senate’s subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, which Cardin chairs, experts revealed that in the United States we protect ourselves from about 80 percent of the cyber attacks against … Continue reading

GBC-supported tax credits gain passage in 2010 Assembly session

In a 2010 General Assembly session punctuated by more fiscal shuffling to close yet another budget deficit, lawmakers managed to pass a number of bills, including several key tax credits, that could favorably impact the state’s business competitiveness. GBC-supported measures that passed the General Assembly included bills to continue and broaden an incentive program for historic building rehabilitation, to fund tax credits for bioscience investment, to extend tax credits for … Continue reading