BWI and Port of Baltimore: Maryland’s Growing Economic Assets

  • March 30, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Did you know that Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport (BWI) ranks 22nd in the U.S. for passenger traffic and served more than 73,000 passengers a day before the COVID-19 pandemic hit? It’s also seen cargo traffic increase every year since 2015, with an almost 20% jump in 2020 alone.

As for the Port of Baltimore, it offers the deepest harbor in Chesapeake Bay and is closer to Midwest markets than any other East Coast port, according to state figures. It is also within an overnight drive to one-third of the nation’s population, making it a prime location for moving cargo to and from cargo ships by truck and train.

These facts and more are among the reasons BWI and the Port are significant and growing economic engines for the Baltimore region and the state.

Join the GBC as we explore with the leaders of these two powerhouses how they fuel the economy and what changes and improvements are in store to make them even more attractive and competitive.

Event Date:  March 30, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Price: $25 for members and $50 for non-members
Location: Zoom


Ricky D. Smith

Ricky D. Smith has been serving as the Executive Director/CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration
(MAA) since July 10, 2015. Ricky is responsible for the management and operations of Baltimore/Washington
International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), Martin State Airport, and regional aviation activities
throughout the State of Maryland. Mr. Smith has more than 30-years of aviation and transportation experience. |

He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Airport System, which includes Cleveland Hopkins International
Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport. In addition, he was responsible for overseeing the development and
management of the City’s lakefront properties.


Richard (Rick) Powers

Richard (Rick) Powers has been the director of sales and marketing for the MDOT Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) since 2004.  He has more than three decades of professional experience in international trade.  In his position, Rick is responsible for a very diverse maritime business portfolio that includes containers, autos, construction and agricultural equipment, forest products, project cargo and cruise.  He holds a degree in economics from the State University New York – College at Oswego.