Statement of Calvin Butler, GBC Board Chair, Regarding the Tragic Shooting Death in Downtown Baltimore

Media Contact: Mark Guidera, V.P., Communications & Marketing, GBC or 443-898-2320

“Yesterday’s shooting death of a motorist in downtown Baltimore is tragic and unacceptable, and another wake-up call that we can’t wait another day to address the issue of public safety in our community.

As business leaders, we know that employment is a critical solution. The GBC is committed to continuing our efforts to work with city officials, business and community leaders to help those who want to work find family-sustaining jobs that keep them safe from the risks of street work – and our public spaces safer from gun violence.”

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions. It is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region on issues relating to equitable economic growth, racial inclusion, job creation, workforce development, transportation, the business climate and quality of life. The GBC markets the region’s economic assets and opportunities and promotes to a national audience Greater Baltimore as a world-class market in which to do business, live, learn and invest. The GBC’s membership includes more than 500-member organizations, including large, mid-size and small companies, nonprofits, foundations and educational and healthcare institutions in the Greater Baltimore region.