BBJ: Digital divide holding back business in Maryland, leaders say

The bill in the Department of Housing and Community Development which would be responsible for creating and implementing a statewide plan to ensure all residents have the ability to connect to reliable broadband internet by the end of 2029.
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BBJ: TEDCO to distribute $5M in COVID relief to rural, disadvantaged startups

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TEDCO is offering financial relief to early-stage companies that have been heavily impacted by the ongoing coronavirus crisis and are in need of bridge funding to survive.
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The Daily Record: LifeBridge Health begins COVID-19 vaccinations of frontline caregivers

The health system began larger vaccination clinics Dec. 18 at Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital and Carrol Hospital for employees who have pre-registered to receive the vaccine.
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Baltimore Sun: Maryland Gov. Hogan holds off on new coronavirus restrictions, defends outdoor dining as some counties tighten guidelines

Donald Fry, president and CEO of the GBC, called the measures "a first good step to mitigate the economic stress many small business are encountering as they struggle to stay operational."
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Baltimore Sun: Southwest CEO discusses furloughs, braces for dismal winter

Kelly, who is currently not collecting a salary, said the company remains 20% overstaffed even after offering voluntary separation packages and extended leave programs to about 16,000 workers.
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Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly discusses the state of the travel industry

Gary Kelly, CEO, Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly started the discussion by noting Southwest Airlines' successful partnership with BWI and the fact that it meant "tremendous route expansion" for the airline.
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BBJ: Harborplace tenants threatened with eviction if they don’t pay back rent

GBC President and CEO Don Fry said that he became frustrated with Harborplace's struggles recently because "there seems to be very little public comment from city officials about the status of the receivership or plans for the near future."
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Technical.ly: Economists are tracking these indicators to understand the recession and the election

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Both Agati and Bernard Yaros, an assistant director and economist at Moody’s Analytics, offered some economic indicators to watch.
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GBC webinar highlights how businesses can adjust to pandemic

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With no end in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses of all sizes are facing an extended period of uncertainty.
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