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By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,Sun Staff Writer | May 15, 1995
In the parlance of bureaucracy, the GBA is moving from the BMC to the GBC.In layman's terms, the Greater Baltimore Alliance, a nonprofit regional economic development and marketing program, is being shifted from under the Baltimore Metropolitan Council to the Greater Baltimore Committee."
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By Allison Pendell Jones | September 22, 2014
Big changes are afoot in city and state government, changes that could affect Baltimore's families for a long time to come. Parents who want strong schools, safe streets, green spaces and walkable neighborhoods need to step up and make their voices heard so we don't lose momentum in the effort to make Baltimore a more family-friendly city. On Tuesday, a committee selected by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young will interview candidates for the City Council seat vacated by Bill Cole, who recently resigned to lead the Baltimore Development Corporation.
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March 8, 1997
AFTER THREE YEARS of existing under the aegis of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Greater Baltimore Alliance is going independent. And it has hired its first president, Ioanna Morfessis.In the seven years Ms. Morfessis led the Greater Phoenix Economic Council in Arizona, the group assisted 139 firms in establishing operations in the area. The effort created 64,500 jobs and helped the area restart an economic boom that had gone bust. Prior to that, she was Montgomery County's economic development director.
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June 27, 2014
The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance on Friday introduced CultureFly.org, a new site to promote Baltimore-area arts organizations. The site features event, attraction and dining listings, recommendations and discounts. It's scalable to various user devices and uses geolocation and intuitive search functions. "Baltimore has an exciting and growing number of cultural events for residents and visitors alike," executive director Jeannie Howe said in a news release. "As the region's unified voice for the arts and creative community, we wanted to help people navigate through the evolving Baltimore arts scene and discover new cultural experiences.
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October 2, 1997
WHAT COMES TO mind when you mention the Baltimore area to friends or business associates? A jumble of disconnected attributes perhaps -- everything from steamed crabs and the Orioles to Harborplace and "Homicide.""We have a really positive tourism image but our business image does not match that," says Ionna Morfessis, who came here in March from Arizona to be president of the Greater Baltimore Alliance.That regional economic development group has now launched an $11.5 million marketing push that will initially last for five years.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1998
The Greater Baltimore Alliance has selected a group of local business executives for out-of-town trips to drum up interest in the area. Now the group is taking its show around the Beltway.Yesterday, executives from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Bell Atlantic Corp., Arbitron Co. and Comcast Communications Inc. carried the GBA's regionalism-or-die message to members of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.Before the home crowd, the executives were enthusiastic about the area's potential, but blunt in detailing its shortcomings, such as being high on regulation, short on technology workers and apathetic on some business issues.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1997
The new group charged with selling metro Baltimore to the world's businesses rolled out its recent work yesterday: a map of the economic landscape, a proposed route through it and a pep talk about the destination.Six months after hiring Arizona's Ioanna Morfessis as its boss, the Greater Baltimore Alliance presented a sobering appraisal of the region's image among business types as well as a plan to improve it.GBA, composed of business people and government officials from Baltimore and its five satellite counties, will launch a national "just the facts" advertising campaign about metro Baltimore's business attributes.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | October 8, 2002
As the head of the Baltimore region's largest public-policy organization prepares to leave for his new banking job, some local leaders are talking informally about merging his group with at least two other organizations. Some see Donald P. Hutchinson's departure from the presidency of the Greater Baltimore Committee as providing an opportunity to at least talk about combining the GBC with the Greater Baltimore Alliance and the Downtown Partnership. Hutchinson is leaving Nov. 1 to become president and chief executive of SunTrust Bank's Maryland division.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1999
When Lois C. Yates chaired an economic development literature contest last year, it gave her an eye-opening look at a cross-section of the advertising being used to tout cities and regions across the country.What she saw in those 1,200-plus entries, including 150 videos, was a lot of similarity."There was the same deer shot in 15 different videos," said Yates, vice president of marketing and work force development for the Greater Baltimore Alliance. "There's a lot of clutter out there."Breaking out of that safe, look-alike advertising is the goal of a new campaign being launched by GBA to sell the region.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2003
Ioanna T. Morfessis, president and chief executive of the Greater Baltimore Alliance, said yesterday that she will resign at the end of the year to launch a consulting company. Morfessis, 52, has led the region's economic development group for six years, arriving in May 1997 after the GBA had operated for three years under the aegis of the Greater Baltimore Committee. "I have tremendously mixed feelings," Morfessis said. "I'm sad, and I'm excited at the same time." Once her contract is up, on Dec. 31, Morfessis said, she plans to split her time between Baltimore and Scottsdale, Ariz.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 30, 2011
Nancy Marie Haragan, founding executive director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, died Sunday of metastatic melanoma at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Canton resident was 60. "Reflecting on all she's done for the arts community made me realize how transformative Nancy was. She was able to bring the arts community together in a collaborative effort and get them to sit around the same table," said Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art and a longtime friend.
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By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS and JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS,SUN REPORTER | November 5, 2005
Local economic development chiefs normally keep their cards close to their chests as they compete to bring new employers to their home turf. Now, the prospect of huge growth from the national military realignment has convinced them that sharing is the way to go. Baltimore-area economic development officials are planning to compile prospects in a joint database and market collaboratively, an idea that grew out of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore's...
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2003
The newly renamed Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore announced yesterday that it has promoted its No. 2 executive, Christian S. Johansson, to managing director and head of the organization. Under a new leadership arrangement, David M. Gillece, president of the commercial real estate firm Colliers Pinkard and chairman of the Economic Alliance, will take on the added role of the business group's chief executive. "The reason it makes sense is the peculiarity of me coming in as chairman with 20 years of experience in economic development," Gillece said.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | November 14, 2003
David M. Gillece, one of the architects of the Greater Baltimore Alliance, yesterday was named chairman of the organization he helped create. Gillece, president of commercial real estate firm Colliers Pinkard, took over leadership of the development organization the same day that the group voted to change its name to the Greater Baltimore Economic Alliance - a name he hopes will be abbreviated to the Economic Alliance rather than another jumble of...
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2003
American Healthways Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based provider of disease and care management, said yesterday that it will open a health care call center in Howard County that is expected to bring more than 200 jobs to the region over the next two years. The publicly traded company, which reported revenue of more than $165 million in fiscal 2003, provides services to more than 800,000 people and the 50,000 physicians who care for them, in all 50 states. "This is a big deal for us," said Nick Balog, vice president of central operations.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 17, 2003
The Greater Baltimore Alliance yesterday said yesterday that it had named a 31-year-old entrepreneur and consultant as the No. 2 executive at the economic development organization, positioning him for the top job when the group's leader leaves in six months. Christian S. Johansson will assume the role of executive vice president July 7 and become a potential successor to President and Chief Executive Ioanna T. Morfessis, who will step down Dec. 31 to start her own business. The regional business group, whose mission is to lure and retain businesses, still intends to conduct a national search for a replacement for Morfessis, said John A. MacColl, GBA board chairman and vice chairman of insurer St. Paul Cos. Inc. But he and Morfessis, who announced her resignation in April, left little doubt that Johansson had made a strong impression on GBA leadership.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,SUN STAFF | March 30, 1997
Baltimore's City Council president thinks the rest of the state is out "to castrate city government." One Carroll County commissioner believes that "if Baltimore dies, it dies." A caucus of state legislators from Baltimore County once banned six colleagues whose impure districts include parts of Baltimore City.Into this den of good will steps Ioanna Morfessis, charged with cementing metro Baltimore's motley parts and peddling the whole to the world.It's not a job for the gauche or fainthearted, but neither was kicking an Arizona governor from the speech lectern.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 17, 2003
The Greater Baltimore Alliance yesterday said yesterday that it had named a 31-year-old entrepreneur and consultant as the No. 2 executive at the economic development organization, positioning him for the top job when the group's leader leaves in six months. Christian S. Johansson will assume the role of executive vice president July 7 and become a potential successor to President and Chief Executive Ioanna T. Morfessis, who will step down Dec. 31 to start her own business. The regional business group, whose mission is to lure and retain businesses, still intends to conduct a national search for a replacement for Morfessis, said John A. MacColl, GBA board chairman and vice chairman of insurer St. Paul Cos. Inc. But he and Morfessis, who announced her resignation in April, left little doubt that Johansson had made a strong impression on GBA leadership.
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