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By Bill Atkinson and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2003
Aris Melissaratos' corner office on the 23rd floor of Redwood Towers downtown was bare and lonely. No artwork or diplomas on the walls. No pictures of grandchildren on the desk. Not even stacks of paper in the "to do" box. "This is my 36th hour on the job," said Melissaratos, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s newly appointed head of the Department of Business and Economic Development. Melissaratos is not worried about trappings, there are bigger issues commanding his time: helping form a vision that will guide the state's economy for the next four years.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver has been working for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, an apparent violation of a county charter rule that bars council members from working for the state. Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat, has worked since Feb. 16 as a finance specialist at the department, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed. The county charter says that "no person shall qualify or serve as a member of the county council while he holds any other office or employment for profit of or under the state or county.
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NEWS
February 7, 2003
Today's highlights 11 a.m.Senate meets, Senate chamber. 11 a.m.House of Delegates meets, House chamber. 1 p.m.Senate Budget and Taxation subcommittee on education, business and administration, budget hearing on Department of Business and Economic Development, 3 West Miller Senate Office Building.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com | August 21, 2009
A Swedish bioenergy company will open its U.S. headquarters in Annapolis, two months after Gov. Martin O'Malley met with the company during an economic development mission to that country, state economic development officials announced Thursday. Swebo Bioenergy International, which develops equipment for heating and electricity production using waste fuels, plans to open a Maryland office in the fall and hire three people to begin operations here, said Mattias Lindgren, a Swebo managing director who will head U.S. operations.
NEWS
July 27, 1995
A story in yesterday's editions about Saks Fifth Avenue possibly opening a distribution center in Aberdeen incorrectly identified James Fielder. He is deputy director of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. James T. Brady is the director.The Sun regrets the error.
NEWS
By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | January 30, 2009
2 Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to announce today the appointment of Christian Johansson, a Harvard University-educated entrepreneur who has run a Baltimore-based business and government alliance, as the state secretary of business and economic development. Johansson, who must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace David W. Edgerley, who resigned in December to pursue a career in the private sector or education. O'Malley has sought to reorganize the Department of Business and Economic Development, a process that emphasized efforts for the biotechnology industry and international trade and consolidated some functions.
BUSINESS
November 30, 1996
The state spent $35,000 to hire a trade consultant in Israel who will work to boost export deals and other opportunities for Maryland businesses in that country.The investment takes the form of a grant from the state Department of Business and Economic Development to the Maryland/Israel Development Center, a public-private partnership based here. The center contracted with Trendlines International Inc., a business development firm based in Galilee, in northern Israel, that will act as Maryland's Israeli trade office.
SPORTS
By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2002
The state Department of Business and Economic Development has pledged $250,000 to the Maryland Stadium Authority to defray the costs of holding the Navy-Notre Dame game at Ravens Stadium on Nov. 9. The city of Baltimore has indicated it will contribute $100,000, said stadium authority executive director Richard W. Slosson. "We want the people who get the economic benefit to put up some of the money," he said. High-profile college football games usually require ticket guarantees and other incentives from venues interested in the events.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2003
The state's Department of Business and Economic Development received five bids for its $35 million advertising account, which includes Maryland tourism, an official said yesterday. Baltimore-based Trahan, Burden & Charles Inc., which has held the account for the past five years, is among those agencies competing for the high-profile business. The state account includes DBED's Office of Tourism Development and the Office of Business Development. The segments could be handled by different companies.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com | August 21, 2009
A Swedish bioenergy company will open its U.S. headquarters in Annapolis, two months after Gov. Martin O'Malley met with the company during an economic development mission to that country, state economic development officials announced Thursday. Swebo Bioenergy International, which develops equipment for heating and electricity production using waste fuels, plans to open a Maryland office in the fall and hire three people to begin operations here, said Mattias Lindgren, a Swebo managing director who will head U.S. operations.
NEWS
By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | January 30, 2009
2 Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to announce today the appointment of Christian Johansson, a Harvard University-educated entrepreneur who has run a Baltimore-based business and government alliance, as the state secretary of business and economic development. Johansson, who must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace David W. Edgerley, who resigned in December to pursue a career in the private sector or education. O'Malley has sought to reorganize the Department of Business and Economic Development, a process that emphasized efforts for the biotechnology industry and international trade and consolidated some functions.
NEWS
December 22, 2008
Hard times also add to abuse of children As David Kohn's article "Hard times mean more abuse" (Dec. 14) suggested, the stress of economic downturns can be played out in more conflict between domestic partners. The stability of a marriage and a family functioning are often thrown into crisis as a result of a loss of job, income or even a foreclosure. But the article did not address the related issue of child abuse. Children are often the targets of the frustration and stress of the parents.
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK | June 4, 2008
It's as plain as the steely resolve in Gov. Martin O'Malley's eyes that something interesting is about to happen to the Department of Business and Economic Development. The governor didn't tell the department he wanted to overhaul it until just before he said so in a speech last month, according to people familiar with the situation, so O'Malley and DBED Secretary David W. Edgerley haven't been reading from the same PowerPoint plan. The risk is that, like governors before him, O'Malley will turn Business and Economic Development Department into a deal-chasing boiler room for planning ribbon-cutting announcements with out-of-state companies.
NEWS
By Ted Shelsby | March 11, 2007
Forgive the members of the farming industry, the largest in Maryland by some measures, if they do not feel as though they have gotten the same treatment over the years as other businesses in the state. Those in the industry likely do not know what it is like to be, say, General Motors, which received $10 million in public funds to help pay for its Allison Transmission plant in White Marsh. Or, Marriott International, which landed a $9 million grant to help pay for sprucing up its Bethesda headquarters.
BUSINESS
By Allison Connolly and Allison Connolly,Sun reporter | February 8, 2007
The state's new economic development chief has seen the haves and have-nots of Maryland, having worked in that capacity in both Allegany and Montgomery counties. That's why David W. Edgerley is the right person for the job, say state officials and business leaders. "He's a true economic development professional," said Donald C. Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, which represents regional business and civic leaders. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Edgerley's appointment as secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development yesterday in Annapolis.
NEWS
January 17, 2007
`BRAC to the Future' symposium slated The Howard County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a daylong symposium for people from all business sectors, "BRAC to the Future in Howard County," at 8 a.m. Feb. 6 at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City. Registration and a Continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. Participants can also register by calling 410-730-4111, or online at www.HowardChamber .com. Speakers are to include R. Gary Dinsick of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission)
BUSINESS
By Kristine Henry and Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF | August 19, 1999
State economic development officials attempting to lure businesses to Maryland are getting a boost from a new database that contains information ranging from state-by-state wage comparisons to where to find a local business park that has rail access."
BUSINESS
By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2000
The Maryland General Assembly's Legislative Policy Committee yesterday approved the distribution of $4.5 million from the state's Sunny Day Fund to Bank One Corp. and Qiagen Sciences Inc. Bank One Corp., the nation's fourth-largest bank holding company, will receive a $1 million grant and a $1 million loan for a check remittance center in downtown Baltimore. The facility will be located in the 1000 block of E. Fayette St., across from the main post office, and will create up to 400 full-time jobs during the next five years, according to the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
BUSINESS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | January 17, 2007
Aris Melissaratos, who led the state's Department of Business and Economic Development for the Ehrlich administration, said yesterday that he is stepping down even though some business leaders had urged Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley's incoming administration to retain him. "It was a phenomenal four years, and I think we accomplished all we set out to accomplish," Melissaratos, 63, said. His last day will be today, he said. "I was willing to stay, but the new administration didn't indicate strong enough interest.
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