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By BARRY RASCOVAR | September 27, 1992
Remember the furor that surrounded the state's lucrative computer contract for the lottery agency last year?An even bigger controversy is about to break loose, one that has some state officials alarmed.What's involved are attempts to tamper with the state's procurement system and heavy-handed intervention by legislators on behalf of one bidder for the state's new vehicle emissions inspection program (VEIP).How heavy-handed? State transportation officials have been threatened with retribution at next year's General Assembly session if they don't hand the VEIP contract over to this bidder.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Over objections about the fairness of the process, the state Board of Public Works approved a land deal Wednesday that would allow a developer to build a luxury hotel and conference center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The university envisions a $115 million hotel to attract Big 10 conference attendees for a 3-acre tract across Route 1 from the main gates of campus, a long-held goal after other plans for that area failed. The university selected developer David Hillman of Southern Management Corp., which manages numerous apartment complexes in Baltimore and the Washington area.
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By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | May 24, 2006
Public Service Commission Chairman Kenneth D. Schisler offered yesterday to provide a confidential briefing to key legislators who have raised questions about the bidding process that resulted in the pending 72 percent increase in BGE electric bills. Schisler made the offer to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch in response to questions they sent last week to officials at BGE and its corporate parent, Constellation Energy Group. Schisler said he wanted to assure them that the bidding process that resulted in the higher rates was fair and designed to produce the lowest possible prices for consumers.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's administration is asking the County Council to lease a desirable piece of downtown Towson real estate to a high-profile developer without a bid process, drawing questions from some council members and from a businessman who has sought to buy the property for two years. The county-owned property at 301 Washington Ave. was once an office building for the Department of Recreation and Parks. The county put it up for bid in late 2011, but never sold it to the highest bidder, ROC Realty in Pikesville.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | May 22, 1991
An upset Gov. William Donald Schaefer defended how the Maryland State Lottery Agency awarded a $65 million computer contract but said he would appoint an "outside individual" this week to review the bidding process.The governor assailed newspaper reports and an editorial that he said carried misleading "innuendoes" that some subcontractors to the firm that won the lottery contract -- including a man who has said he once ran an illegal numbers operation in Baltimore -- stand to benefit because they are his friends.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | March 11, 1991
Concern about the perception of possible bid-tampering has prompted the Schmoke administration to seek a revision in the bidding process for highly competitive and often lucrative city contracts.Mayor Kurt Schmoke agreed to a request that he seek the change, but he says he fears it could threaten the constitutionality of the city's minority set-aside law. The proposed change would affect the way prime contractors select minority subcontractors under the minority set-aside law.The set-aside law requires prime contractors to give minority subcontractors work equaling 20 percent of the bid. Three percent of the bid is earmarked for firms owned by women.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
The Cordish Cos., the Baltimore-based real estate developer that owns and operates Maryland Live Casino, announced Thursday that it has been selected to develop portions of an airport-industrial complex in Alabama. Cordish and its partner JMG Realty, of Mobile, Ala., were chosen by the Mobile Airport Authority to take control of about 215 acres of the Brookley Aeroplex, a 1,700-acre industrial site and home to the Mobile Downtown Airport, Cordish said in a statement. The companies are hammering out an exclusive negotiating agreement with the airport authority, the statement said.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | September 5, 2009
The manufacturer of Maryland's medevac helicopters is protesting the state's effort to replace the aging fleet, alleging that the bidding process favors another company and would add to the program's cost. State officials have budgeted more than $50 million to buy new helicopters, and bids from manufacturers were due last month. American Eurocopter has filed a formal protest with the state Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the procurement of the aircraft, and wrote a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Over objections about the fairness of the process, the state Board of Public Works approved a land deal Wednesday that would allow a developer to build a luxury hotel and conference center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The university envisions a $115 million hotel to attract Big 10 conference attendees for a 3-acre tract across Route 1 from the main gates of campus, a long-held goal after other plans for that area failed. The university selected developer David Hillman of Southern Management Corp., which manages numerous apartment complexes in Baltimore and the Washington area.
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By Laura Smitherman and Gadi Dechter and Laura Smitherman and Gadi Dechter and,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com and gadi.dechter@baltsun.com | February 6, 2009
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller called on a slots commission yesterday to consider tossing out all bids submitted to build casinos around the state and starting over. The startling suggestion from a powerful lawmaker underscores frustration in Annapolis with the outcome of this week's bidding process, which resulted in six proposals to install fewer than half of the 15,000 slot machines authorized by voters last fall. Two of six bidders failed to put up more than $20 million in required licensing fees.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
The Cordish Cos., the Baltimore-based real estate developer that owns and operates Maryland Live Casino, announced Thursday that it has been selected to develop portions of an airport-industrial complex in Alabama. Cordish and its partner JMG Realty, of Mobile, Ala., were chosen by the Mobile Airport Authority to take control of about 215 acres of the Brookley Aeroplex, a 1,700-acre industrial site and home to the Mobile Downtown Airport, Cordish said in a statement. The companies are hammering out an exclusive negotiating agreement with the airport authority, the statement said.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
Baltimore County Councilman John A. Olszewski Sr. claims his failure to disclose his outside employment was an oversight, but that does not pass the smell test ("County councilman hasn't disclosed outside jobs for years," May 19). Disclosure forms are very clear and do not require a college degree to fill out. The questions are quite clear and specifically ask about outside employment. Being on the council and having privileged information could give council people an advantage in the bidding process for their employer.
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January 30, 2013
The ends don't justify the means in State Center deal. You are right that a redeveloped State Center can be a good thing for Baltimore ("State Center debacle," Jan. 27), but we disagree with the implication that the ends in this case justified the means. Our institute's research shows that state government offered $127 million in taxpayer-financed assets to State Center's developers without any competitive bidding process. These assets included bond issuances, state-owned land, and above-market rental rates.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
Baltimore officials awarded $1.8 million in contracts for the city's lucrative towing business on Wednesday, ending a practice that had allowed a small circle of companies to bypass the city's competitive bidding system for decades. City Councilman Robert W. Curran said the contracts approved Wednesday by the Board of Estimates mean some towing companies "will be losing significant percentages of their tows and conducting tows at reduced rates," a benefit for the city and its taxpayers.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday the hiring of a new chief technology officer to replace the official who resigned amid ethics concerns in February. Chris Tonjes, the chief information officer for the District of Columbia Public Library, was chosen after a national search, the mayor's office said. He will start work July 23 in Baltimore. "We are excited to announce the appointment of a qualified and forward-thinking individual to oversee an increasingly important government agency," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
HMSHost Corp., a Bethesda-based travel hospitality firm, filed a lawsuit Friday in an attempt to block the state's award to another company of a contract to rebuild and run Maryland's two major travel plazas on Interstate 95. The lawsuit alleges that Areas USA and the state negotiated terms during the bid process, while HMSHost was not given that opportunity. Areas USA, a Miami-based company, won the bid last month. The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the contract.
NEWS
December 6, 1998
A Friday Opinion * Commentary page article about a community forum last month on regionalism, which was sponsored by The Sun, incorrectly attributed some remarks to ++ Ioanna T. Morfessis, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Baltimore Alliance. The statement concerning a trip to Stockholm during the bidding process for the Olympics should have been attributed to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 12/06/98
NEWS
January 30, 2013
The ends don't justify the means in State Center deal. You are right that a redeveloped State Center can be a good thing for Baltimore ("State Center debacle," Jan. 27), but we disagree with the implication that the ends in this case justified the means. Our institute's research shows that state government offered $127 million in taxpayer-financed assets to State Center's developers without any competitive bidding process. These assets included bond issuances, state-owned land, and above-market rental rates.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
The second of two losing bidders for the multimillion-dollar contract to replace and run Maryland's two Interstate 95 travel plazas has filed a protest with the Maryland Transportation Authority over the way it handled the bidding process. Airport Plazas LLC and Tishman Construction, joint bidders for the project, claim the authority allowed Areas USA, the winning bidder, to ignore some of the requirements contained in the request for proposals. They also claim the authority then allowed Areas USA to sweeten its offer without extending that opportunity to the competition.
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By Katie V. Jones | October 23, 2011
The town of Sykesville is hoping nature and its power will be the answer to some of its power problems. Whether it be geothermal, wind or solar power, town officials are collecting bid proposals to create a renewable energy source for the town's use at the Public Works Building, the Sykesville Police Station and the Sykesville Town House. Tapping a renewable energy source is an idea town officials have been talking about for the past six years, according to town manager Matt Candland.
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