For four decades, the Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards has recognized Baltimore businesses that have engaged in specific activities or projects that have significantly benefitted the Baltimore community and are outside of the business’s regular mission or day-to-day work or activities of the business.
Join us to celebrate this year’s Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards winners.
The annual awards event is presented by the GBC, Mayor’s Office, and the Baltimore Development Corporation.
Hear from Peter Franchot, who was elected Maryland's 33rd Comptroller on November 7, 2006, and sworn into office on January 22, 2007. He was re-elected on November 2, 2010 and November 4, 2014.
Prior to his election to statewide office, Mr. Franchot served 20 years in the House of Delegates, representing the residents of Montgomery County. Mr. Franchot served on the House Appropriations Committee and chaired the Transportation and the Environment Subcommittee. Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for education, health care, transportation and environmental protection initiatives.
As comptroller, Mr. Franchot has been an independent voice and fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers of Maryland. He serves on the three-member Board of Public Works, which approves millions of dollars in state contracts each year. Comptroller Franchot has worked tirelessly to keep Maryland competitive in the knowledge-based economy, assisting working families and protecting the state’s natural resources.
Comptroller Franchot attended Amherst College (B.A., 1973) and Northeastern School of Law (J.D., 1978). From 1968 to 1970, he served in the United States Army. He is married to Anne Maher, a lawyer, and they have two children, Abigail, and Nick. They live in Takoma Park.
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Hear from Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and patient and community advocate. She was appointed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to lead the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the oldest health department in the United States, formed in 1793.
BCHD is an agency with a $130 million annual budget and 1,000 employees that aims to promote health and improve well-being through education, policy/advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.
Since her appointment in January 2015, Dr. Wen has led implementation of the citywide opioid overdose prevention and response plan, which includes “hotspotting” and street outreach teams to target individuals most at risk, training family/friends on naloxone use, and launching a new public education campaign (www.dontdie.org). In the wake of the civil unrest in April, she directed the city’s public health recovery efforts, including ensuring prescription medication access to seniors after the closure of 13 pharmacies and developing the Mental Health/Trauma Recovery Plan, with 24/7 crisis counseling and healing circles and group counseling in schools, community groups, and churches. As part of her priority focus on community engagement and communication, the BCHD team has launched B’More Heard and #BMoreHealthySelfie campaigns, B’Healthy in B’More blog, and B’More Health Talks, a biweekly town hall and podcast series on health disparities.