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October 4, 2023

Greater Baltimore Committee to host "Connecting Our Region, Revitalizing Our Core: Transportation & Economic Opportunity Summit" at Baltimore Convention Center

GREATER BALTIMORE COMMITTEE TO HOST “CONNECTING OUR REGION, REVITALIZING OUR CORE: TRANSPORTATION & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY SUMMIT” AT BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER The summit on Monday October 16th will feature leaders across business, government, and cultural institutions discussing the infrastructure investment projects capable of connecting Baltimore-area residents to areas of opportunity and revitalizing the Downtown region

(Baltimore, Md.) – The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) will host the first-ever Transportation and Economic Opportunity summit on October 16, 2023 at the Baltimore Convention Center from 1-5 PM. Organized under the theme of “Connecting our region/Revitalizing our core,” the summit is designed to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the future investments in transit and the transformative development projects that will revitalize our region’s core. The event will highlight the estimated $6.5 billion in economic investment slated for the Downtown area over the next five years. Planning and executive leaders across the business, real estate, sports, cultural, and entertainment sectors will unveil their plans for modernizing transportation networks and such landmark attractions as the National Aquarium, Harbor Place, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and Orioles Stadium – which recently came to an agreement with Governor Moore and the Maryland Stadium Authority to revitalize the Camden Yards complex and keep the team in the Downtown core for the next three decades.

The summit gives us the opportunity to highlight the vision and substantial investment in our region’s core, Downtown Baltimore, and to engage directly with the trailblazers who are making it a reality,” said Mark Anthony Thomas, President and CEO of the GBC. “Baltimore is on the cusp of an incredibly exciting transformation, and we are bringing these changemakers together to provide a holistic view of the work in progress. I can assure you; this will be an event you won’t want to miss.”

The event will feature addresses from government leaders that include Acting Assistant Secretary of Transportation Policy Christopher Coes, Maryland Governor Wes Moore, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr., and Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott as well as engaging fireside chats covering eight major projects that will shape the future of Downtown Baltimore.

The event agenda includes:


Connecting Our Region Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Kathy Hollinger, President & CEO, Greater Washington Partnership
  • Holly Arnold, Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration
  • Brian Traylor, Director, Major Stations Planning & Development, Amtrak
  • Bill Struever, CEO of Cross Street Partners
  • Mark Renbaum, Principal/CEO, MLR Partners/Schwaber Holdings


The Future of Harborplace Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: David Bramble, MCB Real Estate Managing Partner and Co-Founder
  • Turrell Brooks, Community Liaison, Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City
  • Rose Hamm, Founder & CEO, Rose Travel LLC
  • Al Passarella, Research & Policy Analyst, The Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Education


Baltimore’s Creative & Cultural Institutions Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Tracye McDaniel, President, TIP Strategies
  • Terri Lee Freeman, President, Reginald F. Lewis Museum
  • Mark Potter, President & CEO, Maryland Science Center
  • John Racanelli, President & CEO, National Aquarium
  • Laurie Schwartz, President, Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore


Revitalizing Our Core Through Major Asset Redevelopment

  • Moderator: Shelonda Stokes, President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
  • Greg Bader, Executive Vice President & COO, The Baltimore Orioles
  • Mac Campbell, Executive Director, The Baltimore Convention Center


The summit will provide multiple opportunities for business networking, including an official Happy Hour after the program agenda sponsored by the Baltimore Convention Center.

Tickets for the event, which will begin at 1 PM on October 16 at the Baltimore Convention Center (1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201), are available starting at $100 and can be purchased at


The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region, providing insightful economic and civic leadership to drive collective impact. Composed of more than 500 organizations, including large, mid-size, and small companies, nonprofits, foundations, and educational and healthcare institutions, the GBC is dedicated to fostering the prosperity of the Greater Baltimore region. For more information, visit


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