GBC, WBAL NewsRadio host Town Hall discussion on Post-Pandemic Economy

Don Fry

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry was a featured guest expert on a Town Hall discussion about Baltimore’s post-pandemic economy that was broadcast April 7 on WBAL NewsRadio 1090 AM and 101.5 FM. The GBC and WBAL NewsRadio hosted the program.

Fry discussed:

  • Changes in Baltimore’s key industry sectors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The expected economic impact on the state and region from the American Rescue Plan Act recently signed into law
  • Priority infrastructure improvements to help Baltimore City businesses thrive
  • Steps community leaders can take to improve partnerships with business leaders and residents to address challenges the city faces

Discussing Baltimore’s key industries and the pandemic’s impact, Fry said, “We have certainly seen businesses impacted as a result of COVID. Some of those impacts have been transformational. It varies depending on the industry and how they’ve adjusted during the pandemic and if those changes are going to be permanent and to what degree are they going to contribute to the changes.”

He also noted that two industries that have adapted and are doing well are higher education and medicine. Though he added that “tourism and hospitality has been hit harder than any other industry sector.”

Other guests on the program included:

  • Jeff Clary, Partner, Grander Capital Partners
  • Jason Perkins-Cohen, Director, Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
  • Al Hutchinson, President and CEO, Visit Baltimore

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