February 7, 2000
AS MAYOR Martin O'Malley begins to implement his administration's new initiatives, he should think about getting rid of the traditional definition of downtown. Why is this important? Because the traditional downtown should take advantage of developments occurring just outside its borders in such places as: Inner Harbor East, south of Little Italy, where a 31-story hotel, is rising next to a complex that will include another inn, movie theaters, shops and apartments. Locust Point, where the old Procter & Gamble plant is being transformed into 360,000 square feet of office space with dramatic Inner Harbor views.
December 27, 2009
Your recent editorial "It's Miller Time?" (Dec. 18) severely misrepresented the impact that raising the tax on beverage alcohol will have on the state of Maryland and its hospitality industry. As a Maryland resident and employee of Diageo, which employs more than 300 Maryland residents at our local bottling plant in Relay, I'm concerned that you are downplaying the potential damage of this tax. It's the hardworking citizens - like those who work on our bottling line - who will bear the brunt of this tax. Raising taxes on consumer products always means job losses.
May 10, 1996
WACO, Texas -- They're celebrating a soft drink here at the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, a grandly named venture housed in a gussied-up 1906 bottling plant. Actually, they're celebrating the history of all soft drinks.In this yellow-brick Romanesque building ornamented with arches and turrets, Dr Pepper is memorialized as a Texas institution that went big time. Visitors see vintage Dr Pepper advertisements, photos of Russian troops knocking back bottles Dr Pepper, excerpts from a federal court case involving Dr Pepper.
March 19, 1993
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. announced yesterday that its sister company, Coca-Cola USA, has decided to join it at its new plant in Howard County -- boosting the number of anticipated workers by 250, to 750."This is a blockbuster not only for Howard County, but for all of Maryland," said Mark L. Wasserman, secretary of the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development."It's a significant victory that should give everybody heart about Maryland and its competitiveness."While the state has worked closely with the companies to streamline the process of building the plant, Maryland is not providing any financial assistance, Mr. Wasserman said.
June 1, 1993
Baltimore's long-vacant American Brewery would be renovated as the centerpiece of a $10 million to $12 million revitalization project for East Baltimore under plans developed by the Council for Economic and Business Opportunity.CEBO President Michael Gaines told representatives of the Broadway East community last week that two manufacturing companies have signed letters of intent to occupy the first phase of the mixed-use complex and that he expects construction to begin soon."Shortly, that site will no longer stand as a deteriorated industrial building," he said.
December 9, 1992
The biggest problem in analyzing Howard County Executiv Charles I. Ecker's tenure is getting past the fact that he is an extraordinarily decent and conscientious man.Time and again during his first two years in office, Mr. Ecker has shown himself to be above the muck of petty politics.In his handling of the county's thorny budget problems, he has been almost Solomon-like in his determination to be fair. At the same time, he has delivered in spades on his pledge to make himself and county government more accessible.
August 17, 1994
In the race for the state Senate seat in District 13, Democrats have a choice between two distinct political personalities. Incumbent Sen. Thomas Yeager, with 12 years of legislative experience, is a solid, steady-as-you go veteran. He is opposed by Del. Virginia M. Thomas, who has served an equal number of years in the House of Delegates, and is known to emphasize community service. On the whole, we believe Mr. Yeager would be the better nominee.This senatorial district, which covers southern Howard County from Highland to Jessup as well as eastern Columbia and part of northern Prince George's, is the most politically and geographically diverse in the county.
January 4, 1996
ONE YEAR into his second term as Howard County executive, Charles I. Ecker is experiencing much the same dilemma he faced upon taking office in 1991. Now as then, his attention has been drawn to the county's financial problems.At this juncture, county officials project a $4 million shortfall in local income and property tax revenues. In 1991, a larger shortfall prompted Mr. Ecker to lay off 40 workers; half of them were later hired back in other jobs. Whether layoffs occur again is an open question, and Mr. Ecker acknowledges the possibility.
September 2, 1997
CHARLES I. ECKER and economic development officials have reason to cheer about Howard County's job growth in recent years. The county has led the state, by far, in the number of new jobs created between 1990 and 1996.When Mr. Ecker, the Howard County executive, hits the campaign trail in his bid for governor, the numbers will give him credibility as a business-friendly leader.Impressively, the county has accomplished this without hitting an economic home run.A few years ago, Coca-Cola Enterprises announced plans to build a regional headquarters and bottling plant in the Hanover section.