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GBC has advanced the media conversation around the collective efforts underway to achieve lasting and transformative change in the Baltimore region. Read some of the recent stories about our work providing civic and economic leadership on the issues most relevant to this dynamic metropolitan area.

Media Coverage & Organizational Highlights

GBC Selects Place-Branding & PR Team Comprised of Resonance, Ipsos & Timbre Strategies to Undertake Economic Branding Initiative

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is pleased to announce the selection of the place-branding experts Resonance Consultancy Ltd. (Resonance), the market research firm Ipsos, and the Baltimore-based strategic communications firm Timbre Strategies to undertake a business investment and civic oriented messaging, branding, and earned media initiative for the seven-jurisdiction Baltimore region following a thorough vetting and selection process.

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Greater Baltimore Committee to unveil regional economic opportunity strategy at 69th annual meeting
The Afro

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) will hold its 69th annual meeting at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point on May 23. The event will mark the unveiling of the organization’s 10-year economic opportunity plan, which will create a roadmap to achieve a globally competitive and equitable economy in the region. 

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Limited access channel to move cargo traffic at Port of Baltimore to be ready by end of April

Senior officials from the White House, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Transportation and Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works met with Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and Maryland Secretary of Transportation Paul Wiedefeld to discuss progress and continued collaboration in response to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. Watch Video.

Baltimore Money Moves: Over $4 billion in business activity as region sees growth

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) unveiled its inaugural Baltimore Region Investment Scorecard at a meeting earlier this month. The report card for Baltimore’s economic growth highlighted such figures as over $4 billion in business activity for 2023 and 347 deals totaling $4.2 billion. Those deals consisted of 140 development and 207 investment initiatives, according to the organization, and Baltimore City secured $2.6 billion of that investment. Read More.

Baltimore Conversations: Mark Anthony Thomas
Baltimore Conversations Podcast

Recorded in early October 2023, but released in April, GBC CEO Mark Anthony Thomas talks with Mike Rosenfeld, Matt Moore, and Bill Cole on the podcast Baltimore Conversations about GBC’s ongoing transformation, the landscape for economic development across the United States, and how GBC will support the region’s growth in technology, manufacturing, and other key sectors. Listen to Podcast.

Greater Baltimore Committee unveils first investment scorecard

“There’s a lot of people investing in Baltimore. We actually hold our own against other markets, but that story had never been told. So, part of my work in coming to the GBC is to center true economic leadership,” said Mark Anthony Thomas, President and CEO of GBC. Watch Video.

GBC discusses Baltimore region’s Tech Hub designation at roundtable event
The Daily Record

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) hosted a roundtable discussion March 18 at Coppin State University in Baltmore with U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Maryland Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller, to discuss the Baltimore region’s federal Tech Hub designation and the submission of the Phase 2 application for funding. Read More.

GBC unveils economic scorecard for Greater Baltimore region
The AFRO News

“One of the top things that people ask me is, how are we going to better tell the Baltimore region story?” said Mark Anthony Thomas, CEO and president of GBC. “What you find is it’s not just an ad or a commercial, how we better tell our story is in all these different ways. One is making sure the world knows that people are investing in Baltimore.” Read More.

Rising from disaster and seizing new opportunities in Baltimore | STAFF COMMENTARY
The Baltimore Sun

For those who feel like Baltimore has endured more than its share of bad news in recent months — the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge providing the biggest example but hardly the only one — the Greater Baltimore Committee may have provided just the timely antidote you need. The business advocacy group recently compiled a “Baltimore Region Investment Scorecard” to survey for the first time how, through various measures, the Baltimore area is doing in terms of investment, job growth, deal-making and tax revenue. Read More.

GBC launches Key Bridge collapse support alliance
The Daily Record

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Friday announced the launch of the Maryland Tough Baltimore Strong Alliance, which brings together leaders and organizations from philanthropies, businesses and the surrounding communities to support the families, port workers, first responders, small businesses and communities affected by the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge. Read More.

Key Bridge collapse: Group raises more than $15 million for relief efforts
The Baltimore Sun

A group of Baltimore businesses and community organizations has raised more than $15 million for families, workers and businesses impacted by the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse through a recently formed alliance. Read More.

The Greater Baltimore Committee Appoints Cristina Lopez As COO And Carter McClure As Regional Innovation Officer

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Cristina Lopez as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Carter McClure as the organization’s first Regional Innovation Officer (RIO) supporting the Baltimore Region’s federal Tech Hub designation. Read More.

Baltimore leaders consider economic impact of Key Bridge collapse
The AFRO News

“Locally, and even internationally, people are getting a real-time lesson on the importance of the Baltimore Port,” said Mark Anthony Thomas, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC). “When we saw the accident, initially, we did not assume the port would be shut down indefinitely. Now, we are learning that it will have a longer impact on our economy. We just don’t know how dramatic that will be.” Read More.

Baltimore Tech Hub seeks $70 million for AI, biotech growth

The Baltimore Tech Hub is one of the contenders for a substantial $70 million federal fund supporting five key projects around artificial intelligence (AI) and biotechnology. These projects are a testament to the region’s dedication to technological growth, aiming to boost not only the industries but also job creation in the area. Read More.

How Baltimore plans to spend $70M in EDA Tech Hubs Funding

Anticipation is building for the pending decision on Baltimore’s Phase 2 Tech Hubs application to the US Economic Development Administration (EDA). Read More.

How the Port of Baltimore closure may impact shipping and supply chains

Before a car ends up at your local dealership, it most likely passed through the Port of Baltimore first. “The port is like our original economic driver,” said Mark Anthony Thomas, President & CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. Read More.

GBC to unveil Baltimore's economic scorecard at Pulse Check

GBC’s Pulse Check will feature key economic leaders and debut the inaugural Baltimore Region Economic Scorecard. The Scorecard quantifies the past year’s local, domestic, and international investment activity to provide a deeper look into the impact of global business trends on the region’s economic growth. Watch Video.

Harborplace bills advance at City Hall
Baltimore Business Journal

A Baltimore City Council committee amended and then voted to support a legislative package that partially clears the way for a $500 million private redevelopment of Harborplace by MCB Real Estate. Read More.

GBC to hold inaugural Baltimore Region Investment Summit
Baltimore Fishbowl

Baltimore will make the case for why international businesses should invest in our city during the inaugural Baltimore Region Investment Summit on June 27, the Greater Baltimore Committee announced Thursday. The local event will be a spinoff of the United States Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA Investment Summit, a foreign direct investment conference that aims to attract international businesses to invest in U.S. growth markets. Read More.

GBC President & CEO helping write "next chapter" in the city's history

Mark Anthony Thomas has only been in Charm City a little more than a year and it’s already made an impression on him. Even though he’s had a career that’s put him in a few major cities, he still ranks Baltimore at the top. Read More.

Can Baltimore become a Tech Hub?

Baltimore has succeeded in a competition with more than 400 other jurisdictions to receive a designation by the federal government as a “tech hub.” Read More.

GBC Chair: Orioles lease helps Baltimore grow
The Baltimore Sun

I believe strongly in Baltimore. For the last four years, I’ve served as president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System, working alongside a talented team of medical experts providing cutting-edge help and healing to Baltimoreans and Marylanders. Read More.

Baltimore region hopes to tap into its strengths as part of federal tech hub designation
The Daily Record

In late October, the greater Baltimore region was designated as a federal tech hub by the Biden administration. The Economic Development Administration made 31 such designations from more than 400 applications. There is $10 billion in investment available through the program. Read More.

Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards honor 14 firms demonstrating civic leadership in Baltimore
The AFRO News

Mayor Brandon M. Scott, in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), hosted the 49th annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards on Dec. 13. Read More

Sparrows Point Alliance launches to support economic growth in Baltimore region
The Daily Record

Sparrows Point Alliance, a nonprofit, grassroots organization of Maryland community groups, business organizations, and labor unions, officially launched Wednesday to support the continued revitalization of Sparrows Point. Read More.

GBC CEO Mark Anthony Thomas calls for better Baltimore brand
The Baltimore Business Journal

Greater Baltimore Committee CEO Mark Anthony Thomas writes about his group’s goals for establishing a better economic narrative for the region. Read More.

Viewpoint: Why the GBC wants to tackle city's vacant housing issue
The Baltimore Business Journal

“Baltimore’s vacancy challenge is complex, and is an amalgamation of many economic and social issues. It is also a backdrop for other challenges,” GBC CEO Mark Anthony Thomas writes. Read More.

BUILD, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Greater Baltimore Committee partner to end vacant housing crisis
The AFRO News

On Dec. 11, Scott and the organizations’ leaders are set to host a public action meeting at Greater Harvest Baptist Church in Southwest Baltimore to update residents on their strategy to finance the rehabilitation of these homes. Read More.

Baltimore's vacant properties plan
The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott unveiled an ambitious $3 billion plan Monday to attack the city’s thousands of vacant properties, promising to address a decades-old problem with funding from a newly created Tax Increment Financing zone and a yet-to-be-secured state investment. Read More.

Baltimore leaders propose $8 billion plan to confront vacant housing
The Baltimore Banner

A coalition of Baltimore faith and business leaders and Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration Monday unveiled an estimated $8 billion plan to revive thousands of vacant and abandoned homes funded by the city, state and private donors. Read More.

What Baltimore's federal Tech Hub designation means for the region's economy
Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore’s designation as a federal tech hub could funnel millions of dollars into the city, but there is still plenty of work left to do. Read More.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti's foundation launches $100 million startup fund
Baltimore Business Journal

The GBC offices hosted the launch event for Blackbird Laboratories.

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Biden-Harris Administration declares Baltimore as federal tech hub

Baltimore has now been designated as a federal tech hub, officials announced Monday. Watch Video.

Baltimore ‘Tech Hub’ designation means region could compete for billions in federal economic development funding
Maryland Matters

Could Maryland become the center of predictive health care in America? That’s what state officials and business leaders hope with the designation Monday of the Baltimore Tech Hub. Read More.

Baltimore named one of 31 federal tech hubs, with focus on AI and biotechnology
Baltimore Banner

The Baltimore area was chosen Monday as one of 31 federal tech hubs, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to make the region part of a national effort to advance America’s tech industry through competitive grants. Read More.

Greater Baltimore named a federal tech hub by Biden Administration
The Afro-American Newspaper

President Biden designated 31 communities across the U.S. as Regional Innovation and Technology Hubs on Oct. 23 as part of the CHIPS and Science Act. Read More.

What role does the business community play with the Red Line?

With the relaunch of this transit project, business leaders pledge to be more proactively engaged and supportive of the Red Line. Read More.

Gov. Moore highlights importance of transportation investments in Baltimore
The Afro-American Newspaper

Gov. Wes Moore and Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott addressed the importance of transportation investments in Baltimore and what the state has done thus far on Oct. 16. Read More.

'Think boldly,' Bill Struever tells business leaders at Greater Baltimore Committee summit
Baltimore Business Journal

With about $6.5 billion in new investment headed to Baltimore by 2028, plans to revamp the city’s image in the coming few years need to “go big,” veteran developer Bill Struever said on Monday. Read More.

GBC summit explores revitalizing region by investing in transit and development
The Baltimore Sun

Officials underscored the crucial role that the east-west connector can play in revitalizing downtown and the region along with projects such as a redeveloped Penn Station and other transit-oriented development. Read More.

Leaders of Inner Harbor Cultural Institutions outline their attractions
Baltimore Fishbowl

Leaders of several Inner Harbor attractions are working on building projects that will transform their properties – and affect the experiences their visitors have. Read More.

GBC CEO, Mark Anthony Thomas, joins The T.J. Smith Show
WBAL News Radio

GBC President & CEO Mark Anthony Thomas appeared on the TJ Smith Show, where he discussed the importance of envisioning bold new strategies for connecting what’s happening in Baltimore’s downtown core to revitalization efforts in the region at-large. Watch Video.

Baltimore Developers Say City Should 'Think Boldly' To Spur Transit-Oriented Development Boom

MLR Partners Principal Mark Renbaum was among the developers urging officials to adopt pro-growth policies and economic incentives to spur transit-oriented development.

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National Aquarium starts work on Harbor Wetland habitat and floating park
Baltimore Sun

National Aquarium President & CEO John Racanelli announced that construction on a $14 million “Harbor Wetland” project would begin next month. 

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Harborplace's New Strategy

MCB Real Estate Co-Founder and Principal David Bramble outlined how the guiding philosophy for the Harbor Place redesign is to make it a place Baltimoreans are attracted to.

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How promoting transit around Baltimore is easier said than done
Baltimore Sun

This commentary by the Sun Editorial Board noted that realizing transit-oriented development projects like the Lutherville rail station requires a focus on equity.

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Baltimore could see a TOD Boom

An influx of federal funding opportunities could spur a transit-oriented development boom throughout the Baltimore region.

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25 Women to Watch 2023: Best in advocacy, business and health
Baltimore Sun

GBC COO Sharon Markley Schreiber was named as a Woman to Watch. Read her illuminating interview discussing her work for the organization.

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Economic Development Leaders from Atlanta, Charlotte and Baltimore share Key Take-Aways for Philadelphia
Equitable Cities Consulting

Mark was also featured on this recent update providing his key takeaways on fostering regional collaboration and growing quality jobs.

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10 rising stars of North American biotech: Cities emerging as life sciences hubs
Drug Discovery & Development

The Baltimore region was named as one of the top emerging centers for biotechnology developments.

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Greater Baltimore Committee developing new plan to deal with vacant homes

Mark Anthony Thomas spoke to WMAR on the Multi-year Agenda and the process of developing a plan to address vacant housing.

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Wes Moore talks about Red Line and taxes, filling vacancies, and Orioles lease
The Daily Record

Wes Moore speaks on his hopes for the Red Line’s development

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How leaders from Baltimore to Richmond aim to reshape the area’s transportation system to achieve equitable growth
Baltimore Business Journal

GBC and the Greater Washington Partnership are working together to form a stronger regional transit plan.

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