Pulse of the Region | January 2023

ICYMI: A Welcome Message from Mark Anthony Thomas, President & CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee

It has been a month since Mark Anthony Thomas began his new position as President & CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. In this role, he will continue to listen and learn from partners to shape a bold agenda and work hand-in-hand with peers in the public sector to confront our civic challenges and serve as thought-leaders for a dynamic future.

About Mark Anthony Thomas.

Greater Baltimore Committee Releases Legislative Priorities for the 2023 Maryland General Assembly legislative session.

The Greater Baltimore Committee has released the organization’s legislative priorities for the current legislative session. Areas of focus include: a competitive and inclusive economy, public safety, transportation, and education. These priorities are focused on advancing a diverse, inclusive and prosperous economy for Maryland.

Explore the Legislative Priorities here.

Greater Baltimore Companies Raise $1.3 Billion in 2022, Posting Highest Growth Rate Among 15 Top Metros

Greater Baltimore’s start-up and early-stage companies posted a successful 2022, with significant strengths shown across a multitude of industries, sub-industries, and jurisdictions. The Region’s diverse industries, talented workforce, and central mid-Atlantic location helped it to maintain and even exceed 2021’s funding pace, showing that the Region is well-positioned for continued success in the post-pandemic economy.

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Jeff Zuback Starts as GBC’s First-Ever Public Safety Data Officer

In his first act as President & CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Mark Anthony Thomas announced the appointment of Jeff Zuback as the organization’s first-ever public safety data officer. As public safety data officer, Zuback will assess how the Baltimore business community can support the efforts of the Baltimore City government and Baltimore Police Department and partner to decrease crime and improve public safety.

Learn more here.

Baltimore’s Transit Future

Priority 1: Address MTA Repair Backlog & Operator Shortage

The foundation of Baltimore’s transit system has been eroded by insufficient operational and maintenance funding over decades. To position the system for growth, we need to return to a state of good repair and expand operational capacity to reliably serve today’s riders and service schedules. This should include efforts to improve workforce training and development for expanded service and new technologies. This must be addressed in the short term to build momentum and restore confidence in the system.

Learn more about the six strategic priorities.

Forward-Looking, Future-Ready: Reflecting on 2022

As the Greater Baltimore Committee team closes the books on 2022- a year focused on preparing the organization and region for a dynamic future- we reflect on several key moments:

Our momentum is building toward larger impact in 2023 embracing Mark Anthony Thomas’ bold vision for the Region. Be sure to stay connected with the GBC for updates on initiatives, and join us.

Member News Highlights:

Morgan State President David K. Wilson named by Forbes as a “Top Black Higher Ed CEO To Watch in 2023”
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Johns Hopkins leads nation in research spending for 43rd consecutive year
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New TEDCO Study Outlines Critical Steps Needed to Cultivate a Thriving, Inclusive and Growing Innovation Economy
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UMMS CEO Discusses Hospital Leadership
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