GBC conference eyes strategies for strengthening region’s growth

Butler-Harris JonesAddressing infrastructure challenges in the Greater Baltimore region, streamlining development processes, building public-private partnerships and strengthening connections between education and business sectors are priority issues around which business and governments in the region should work together to strengthen economic growth, according to participants in the Greater Baltimore Committee’s June 12 Chesapeake Conference of CEOs.

More than 50 CEOs from the region gathered at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore for a day-long series of GBC-led workshops intended to begin framing a regional agenda for leveraging development projects planned for the region into an economic surge for Baltimore City and its surrounding counties in the next decade.

This year’s Chesapeake Conference was the second conducted by the GBC. Last year’s inaugural conference focused on statewide issues relating to competitiveness for economic growth and job creation. This year, CEOs focused on regional issues relating particularly to major development projects currently planned and their potential positive economic impact on the Baltimore region.

“This conference was about creating a ‘to do’ list for ensuring that major projects proposed within this region actually happen expeditiously,” GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry said. “Our business members want to become engaged in creating an enduring framework so that the Baltimore region becomes known as a place where private-sector investment gains traction.”

The GBC expects to issue a report later this summer on strategies derived from conference workshops.

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