Twelve winners receive 2009 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards

Ten Baltimore-area businesses, a university and a state agency were honored as winners of the 2009 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards for civic leadership and outstanding community service.

Awards were presented during luncheon ceremony at the Hyatt Regency

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Baltimore on December 14. The annual business awards program is an initiative of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation.

Joining Mayor Dixon in presenting the awards were GBC Chairman Charles O. Monk II, GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry, Baltimore Development Corporation Chairman Arnold Williams, and BDC President M. J. “Jay” Brodie.

Winners of the 2009 Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards are:

  • Banks Contracting Company, for mentoring architectural and engineering graduate students and for offering internships to city high school and college undergraduates seeking to pursue construction-related or business management careers.
  • BITHGROUP Technologies, for its unique science, technology, engineering, and math summer internship program for low income youth. Interns work on technical research projects related to energy engineering, wireless engineering, biometrics, and information technology services.
  • Constellation Energy, for its “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” day where more than 250 children and volunteers perform community service activities including preparing meals for the poor, assembling baby kits for new mothers served by homeless shelters, and organizing a children’s book drive for shelter clients.
  • Coppin State University, for its educational partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools that includes mentoring high school students, providing support for middle and elementary school students, conducting a virtual learning program, hosting competitions in robotics and African-American history, and engaging in a science-teaching partnership.
  • Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership, LLC, for its employees who volunteer to serve Movable Feast, an organization that assembles and delivers 700 meals per day to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging conditions.
  • Hyatt Regency Baltimore, for its program where hotel employees on paid company time participate in community efforts including mentoring high school students, donating and reading books to elementary students, coaching 5th graders to higher achievement, and hosting a bake sale for environmental causes.
  • M&T Bank, for underwriting the cost of 5,000 reusable bags for St. George’s Garden Club to distribute free during Earth Week, and for the bank’s numerous employee volunteer projects.
  • Maryland Port Administration, for its Schoolyard Greening Program where Baltimore City Schools benefit from pavements being removed and replaced with grass and trees.
  • PNC Financial Services Group, for its “Grow Up Great” initiative that helps children from birth to age five – especially those living in low-to moderate-income communities – arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP, for its Community Service Day in Baltimore during which more than 80 percent of the company’s partners and staff spent the day volunteering at 12 local organizations, ranging from the Baltimore Zoo to the Irvine Nature Center.
  • Royal Farms, for its health food station exhibit at the Port Discover Children’s Museum that utilizes dramatic play to address health, wellness, and consumerism while applying math, science, reading, and social studies skills and knowledge for children.
  • W. R. Grace & Co., for the more than $774,000 in donations the company’s foundation has given in 2009; and for the company’s Community Works program that generated almost 1,000 employee commitments to various volunteer community service projects this year.

Event sponsors include: GBC 2009 Corporate Sponsor University of Maryland, Baltimore; Ambassador Sponsor MedStar Health; Premier Sponsor Baltimore Development Corporation; Program Sponsors Baltimore Business Journal, The Cordish Company, and The Daily Record; and Patron Sponsors Bank of America, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, MuniMae, PNC Bank, Verizon Maryland Inc., VPC, Inc., and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP.

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