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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
Three industry groups from Baltimore and Washington said Thursday that they've banded together to "solidify" the region as the top place for cyber-related business growth. The new Baltimore-Washington Cyber Task Force - formed by the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore - will work with other groups on the effort. They want to capitalize on the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, which oversees the operation and defense of the military's information networks.
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Lorraine Mirabella | April 29, 2014
IKEA is sending a team of five home furnishing experts on the road to help homeowners tackle design challenges, with a stop in the Baltimore/Washington area planned for June. But Baltimore-area homeowners only have until Friday to apply for a home makeover. Consumers are asked to submit a video  about how IKEA can help improve their life at home by May 2. The design experts are leaving their regular jobs at IKEA stores for a year to travel to at least five cities and take on two makeovers at each stop.
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NEWS
September 2, 2013
Perhaps you hadn't noticed, but Baltimore and Maryland are again in the running to be part of the world's most celebrated of sports events. Last week, a nonprofit group in Washington announced that the District and Baltimore plan to throw their hats into the ring as contenders to jointly host the 2024 Summer Olympic games. This could be a great opportunity to showcase the city and its region. Baltimore has already been disappointed once, in the early 2000s, when its joint bid with Washington to host the 2012 games didn't make the cut with the U.S. Olympic Committee, which makes the final decision about which American locale to recommend to the event's international governing body.
NEWS
September 2, 2013
Perhaps you hadn't noticed, but Baltimore and Maryland are again in the running to be part of the world's most celebrated of sports events. Last week, a nonprofit group in Washington announced that the District and Baltimore plan to throw their hats into the ring as contenders to jointly host the 2024 Summer Olympic games. This could be a great opportunity to showcase the city and its region. Baltimore has already been disappointed once, in the early 2000s, when its joint bid with Washington to host the 2012 games didn't make the cut with the U.S. Olympic Committee, which makes the final decision about which American locale to recommend to the event's international governing body.
BUSINESS
By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1996
LAS VEGAS -- Staples Inc., the office-supply superstore chain that recently selected Hagerstown as the site of its largest distribution center, is planning to make another major investment in Maryland, spending an estimated $13.2 million and creating 180 jobs with the development of six new stores this year in the Baltimore-Washington region.Already, the Framingham, Mass.-based retailer has sealed a deal to build a $43 million distribution center in economically depressed Washington County, an 840,000-square-foot project expected to create 700 jobs when it opens in February 1997.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
The epic power outages have laid bare one of the fatal flaws of the state's growth policies for the Baltimore-Washington region: Our public infrastructure and services are inadequate to meet the demands of today's residents and workers. We need to make today's Baltimore-Washington region more livable before we can even begin to think about a future megalopolis that would be more congested and more demanding of infrastructure and services than the one we already have. Anthony J. Di Giacomo
BUSINESS
December 8, 1991
Median household effective buying income for the Baltimore-Washington region ranked first among the nation's 10 largest markets in 1990.According to figures compiled by the Washington/Baltimore Regional Association, median household effective buying income, after taxes, in the Baltimore-Washington region maintained first place by adding $1,293 worth of income per household. The household total increased from $38,031 in 1989 to $39,324 in 1990.San Francisco ranked second, with a median household income of $39,032.
BUSINESS
By David Rosenthal | September 10, 1990
The Baltimore-Washington region ranks fourth nationally in the number of Fortune 500 service company headquarters, according to a survey released today by a regional economic development group.Twenty-one service companies on the Fortune 500 list, including Marriott Corp. and USF&G Corp., are based here, the study by the Washington/Baltimore Regional Association found. Those companies have combined assets of more than $316 billion.That places the Baltimore-Washington region behind only the New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago metropolitan areas.
BUSINESS
By David Conn | August 7, 1991
Martin Marietta Corp.'s receipt in November of a $526 million contract from the federal Housing and Urban Development department was unusual, and not only for its size. The 12-year contract was among a dwindling pool of federal non-defense spending awarded to companies in the Baltimore-Washington area last year.More typical was the $5.6 million contract that Cockeysville-based AAI Corp. won in October to improve targeting systems for fighter planes and helicopters.A sharp increase in such defense contracts put the Baltimore-Washington common market firmly in second place in federal spending last year, the Washington/Baltimore Regional Association said yesterday.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser | March 18, 1991
Bill Stern has lived in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now he lives in Washington. But the place he really wants to be is Baltimore.And if his new business venture works as planned, that's exactly where he'll be.Late last year, Mr. Stern, 45, opened the first East Coast office of the Beverly Hills, Calif., public relations firm Media Resource Group. Located in Washington, the office is serving the entire Baltimore-Washington region until he can open a second office in Baltimore early next year, he said.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
Three industry groups from Baltimore and Washington said Thursday that they've banded together to "solidify" the region as the top place for cyber-related business growth. The new Baltimore-Washington Cyber Task Force - formed by the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore - will work with other groups on the effort. They want to capitalize on the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, which oversees the operation and defense of the military's information networks.
EXPLORE
September 12, 2012
The Baltimore-Washington Corridor is sponsoring the 21st Baltimore-Washington Region Government Procurement Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to noon at Martin's Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Drive, in Greenbelt. The event offers opportunities for businesses and government agencies to help businesses learn to successfully work with government agencies. Matchmaking sessions will be offered so businesses can meet one-on-one with agency contacts and buyers to discuss opportunities specific to each business.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
The epic power outages have laid bare one of the fatal flaws of the state's growth policies for the Baltimore-Washington region: Our public infrastructure and services are inadequate to meet the demands of today's residents and workers. We need to make today's Baltimore-Washington region more livable before we can even begin to think about a future megalopolis that would be more congested and more demanding of infrastructure and services than the one we already have. Anthony J. Di Giacomo
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella | June 16, 2011
Passenger traffic at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport rose in April, setting a record, airport officials said Thursday. Some 1.9 million passengers flew from or to BWI, setting an all-time record for the month with a 3.1 percent increase over April 2010. It was the 14th straight month that the number of passengers has increased on a year-over-year basis. Traffic has increased 22 out of the past 23 months, with the exception of February 2010 when snow blizzards hit the region.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2010
FiberLight LLC, a Georgia-based fiber-optic network provider, said Wednesday it will soon unveil a network that can connect commercial customers in downtown Baltimore and several southern suburbs to points in Washington and Northern Virginia. FiberLight operates 3,000 miles of fiber-optic networks across the country, but company officials said that the Baltimore-Washington region is its fastest-growing market. "It's a huge, growing market for us," said Judd Carothers, the company's executive vice president of network operations, engineering and construction.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,jay.hancock@baltsun.com | January 25, 2009
If those Black Friday sales in November didn't seem as sweet as you expected, here's proof: Government data show consumer prices were much higher in Baltimore-Washington that month, compared with November 2007, than in the nation as a whole. Clothing, in particular, showed few signs of markdowns. Nationally, apparel prices were flat compared with the previous November, suggesting that retailers were eager to move the merchandise with deals. But in the Baltimore-Washington region, apparel prices soared 6.3 percent during the same period.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1999
Wireless Zone, a fast-growing wireless communications retailer, is targeting the Baltimore area, where it plans to open a dozen stores by the end of the year.The chain's franchiser, Connecticut-based Automotive Technologies Inc., also operates the Car Phone Store, the leading wireless retailer in the Northeast with more than 90 stores in seven states.The company is moving into the mid-Atlantic and changing the name of its stores to Wireless Zone.All stores will be franchise operations.The first Wireless Zone opened at the end of December in Columbia.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,jay.hancock@baltsun.com | January 25, 2009
If those Black Friday sales in November didn't seem as sweet as you expected, here's proof: Government data show consumer prices were much higher in Baltimore-Washington that month, compared with November 2007, than in the nation as a whole. Clothing, in particular, showed few signs of markdowns. Nationally, apparel prices were flat compared with the previous November, suggesting that retailers were eager to move the merchandise with deals. But in the Baltimore-Washington region, apparel prices soared 6.3 percent during the same period.
NEWS
By John-John Williams IV Sun reporter | December 24, 2006
Aaron "Henry" Otto, a local television producer and syndicator for more than 30 years, died of melanoma Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Baltimore resident was 91. Born in Hegins, Pa., to vegetable farmers, Mr. Otto graduated from Hegins Township High School in 1933 and became the first member of his family to graduate from college when he received a bachelor's degree in political science and history in 1939. While attending Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., Mr. Otto was a varsity wrestler and football player, and sang in a quartet and trio.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun reporter | September 18, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The Orioles are quietly planning to close their Washington outlet store, which had once buzzed with fans but lately has become a relic of an era when the team claimed the entire Baltimore-Washington region as its own. The club won't renew the Farragut Square store's lease when it expires at the end of the calendar year, according to team employees. The action, which will end a 20-year run in the heart of downtown, can't come soon enough for many Washington Nationals fans.
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