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October 29, 1994
One of the biggest knocks against Maryland in its drive for more jobs is its lack of a unified economic-development strategy. Cooperation among counties is minimal; coordination between the state and the counties is modest; regional agreement on a game-plan is lacking and, worst of all, the business community is deeply divided on how to proceed.Into this chaos comes the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, which is trying to craft what it calls "A Strategy for Maryland's Economic Growth." It amounts to a wish-list of steps to propel this state into a pro-business mode.
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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | August 28, 2014
Baltimore City elicits genuine pride from its residents. Every neighborhood is unique, and generations of families have stayed here because they were not willing to give up on this great city. After decades of population decline, Baltimore is finally growing again. We did not get here by accident, nor did we get here by thinking small. I am determined to grow Baltimore by continuing to build projects that will sustain Baltimore well into the future. Thousands of local jobs are being created through projects like the recently opened Horseshoe Baltimore Casino.
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NEWS
February 10, 1995
Due to a problem in typesetting, there was a garbled line in the Friday editorial "Brady for Maryland's Economy." The line should have read that a top priority for James T. Brady's economic-development team is persuading Dr. Robert C. Gallo "to locate a world-class virology laboratory at the University of Maryland instead of Virginia."The Sun regrets the error.Gov. Parris N. Glendening picked wisely in selecting Baltimore business executive James T. Brady as his top economic development aide yesterday.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
A developer in the University of Maryland BioPark is scheduled to introduce plans for a third research and lab building there this week, restarting a project that stalled during the recession. Wexford Science + Technology, LLC will present the city's urban design and architecture review panel plans Thursday for an eight-story, roughly 240,000-square-foot building at 873 W. Baltimore St. The proposal is an update of plans for a six-story building started in 2008 without an anchor tenant, but dropped during the downturn.
EXPLORE
March 5, 2013
Hosted by the BWI Business Partnership, economic development professionals from around the Baltimore-Washington corridor will gather for a Regional Economic Development Summit, Thursday, March 14 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport, 1739 West Nursery Road, in Linthicum Heights. Dominick Murray, Acting Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, will give opening remarks. Economist Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, and Jeff Salkin, longtime host of "State Circle" for Maryland Public Television, will moderate two panel discussion, focusing on factors important to economic development.
EXPLORE
October 15, 2012
Members of the Prince George's County Council and other county officials will bring a countywide town hall meeting to Laurel next week. "Growing Opportunities in Prince George's County," an economic development town hall meeting, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Laurel High, 8000 Cherry Lane. The meeting will include an economic development update from David Iannucci, the county's Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development; and Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Gwen McCall.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2011
Janice Posey will be acting CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority starting February 28, the day 17-year veteran in the post Richard W. "Dick" Story retires. Posey has been senior vice president for marketing and business development since January 2006, and will serve in Story's place until a search for a replacement is completed, according to an announcement from the authority. Before coming to Howard County, Posey worked for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, part of a 20-year business career.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Baltimore County's head of economic development has resigned, county officials confirmed Tuesday. Daniel C. Gundersen turned in his resignation Monday and did not specify a reason, spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said. Gundersen had been on leave for about a month. In an email to The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, he said that a "big part of my job was to help the county gain traction. " "With that done, it just feels like the right time for me to move on," Gundersen wrote. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz appointed Gundersen, a former commissioner of New York state's Department of Economic Development, in 2011.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
As a retired educator, I read your article about growing student enrollments at area schools with keen interest ("Growing enrollments, aging schools, straitened finances," Aug. 23). In order to promote successful programs, increasing the tax base that supports public schools should be our number one priority if we are to guarantee our students the kind of education they will need in order to compete successfully with the rest of the world. Quinton D. Thompson, Towson
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 30, 2013
Harford County government's green star for the third quarter was awarded to Denise Carnaggio, deputy director of the Office of Economic Development, for reducing and rethinking with technology. Sometimes it's difficult to realize the effort that goes into managing a records repository. In addition to the careful attention to detail required for documents to be categorized and filed correctly, a lot of time and work goes into tracking down files, moving storage boxes, making photocopies and destroying documents whose retention period has expired.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
Whatever the reason for Brenda McKenzie's decision to leave as head of the Baltimore Development Corporation after just two years, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made a shrewd move by recruiting City Councilman William H. Cole IV to take her place. Ms. McKenzie never fully gelled with the downtown business community that has traditionally been the BDC's chief constituency, but Mr. Cole, who has represented the central business district for two terms on the council, has immediate credibility in that area.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Kamel Mahadin visited Baltimore 30 years ago as a graduate student studying landscape architecture at Louisiana State University. He returned Wednesday as the head of an ambitious, multibillion-dollar effort to build out Jordan's lone waterfront city into a tourist hub and expanded port. "Thirty years ago, when I visited … this was a slum area," said Mahadin, chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. "Why Baltimore? It's a waterfront development. … We want to see success story.
NEWS
June 14, 2014
The hard-fought campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination this year has provided voters with a difficult decision. All three of the major candidates bring formidable and unique strengths to the contest, and none is without serious flaws. After watching the race closely, conducting extensive interviews with each candidate and considering their stands on the issues, we conclude that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is the best choice. We did not come to this endorsement easily. Douglas F. Gansler has proven himself an able public servant during his long career, first as Montgomery County state's attorney and now as attorney general.
BUSINESS
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Baltimore's Latino Economic Development Center will open a satellite office along Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday. The office, to be located in space donated by the Southeast Community Development Corporation, is being set up to provide support "to existing and potential immigrant business owners," according to a release from the mayor's office. The office will help those business owners and potential owners with loans, technical assistance and training, the release said.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Michael Spinosa overflows with enthusiasm about the team that helped his Columbia company figure out new strategies for growth — at no charge. That might not sound like economic development, if your conception of it is multimillion-dollar incentives to tempt big employers to move in. The assistance Spinosa got is a different approach with the same goal: more jobs. Connecting established local companies to expert help — pioneered as "economic gardening" in Littleton, Colo.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
A slim, angular apartment tower rising 30 stories above Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Baltimore Street could become the newest addition to the University of Maryland, Baltimore's West Side BioPark. University President Jay Perman unveiled the idea for the roughly 300-unit building after a speech Thursday that touted the park's growth as a model for economic development. The designs are preliminary and the university is talking with potential developers about constructing the building, which would offer market-rate apartments.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
I applaud The Sun for its recent editorial on income inequality ("Labor reawakens," April 27). The increasing income inequality in this country affects the ability of families to survive, much less thrive, on what they earn from minimum wage jobs. The editorial highlighted a labor strike by Chicago low-wage workers and their "Fight for 15" rally. Yet the fact that Baltimore workers are organizing around "fair development" was mentioned in only one sentence. I wonder why The Sun did not find it important to cover the local "reawakening" here by reporting on the Fair Development Rally and March held April 20th.
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By David Wilson | February 3, 2014
About six months ago, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, speaking at the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition's Economic Summit, was asked how Maryland could position itself to compete in this fast-paced global economy. Mr. Freidman's view was that the state and its anchor institutions needed to start with a compelling economic vision that would have appeal to investors around the world - a vision with the same cachet as those in the Silicon Valley, along Route 128 outside Boston or in North Carolina's Research Triangle.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
The chief technology officer of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education has been tapped to head economic development efforts in Baltimore County, where leaders say they want to put more emphasis on workforce training. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Monday he has nominated Will Anderson to the post and will introduce legislation to rename the county's economic development department the Economic and Workforce Development Department. In 2011, the county merged its Office of Workforce Development into the Department of Economic Development, and officials said the name change would underscore its goals.
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