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May 27, 2011
Kudos to the Greater Baltimore Committee for an Inner Harbor vision with style and scope ("Walking bridge, light shows, park proposed for Inner Harbor," May 26). These ideas stand in stark contrast to the nine prior proposals for amusements that were more suited to a carnival midway than to the heart of a great city. Randolph Knepper
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
The nation's transportation system is broken, agreed a panel of transportation wonks gathered in downtown Baltimore on Thursday, but they could not agree on how to fix it. "Transportation is broken. There's no way to fund it. America is one big pothole," said Ray LaHood, a former U.S. transportation secretary. "It will be up to the American people to say enough is enough. " Opinions for fixing it at the Greater Baltimore Committee's seventh annual transportation summit ranged from increasing federal investment in local infrastructure projects that would help address broader issues to cutting all federal investment in such projects to focus on national highway needs instead.
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NEWS
May 31, 1991
Mayor Schmoke's unexpected proposal for the business community to follow the city's lead and earmark 23 percent of its contracting, purchasing and professional services business to firms owned by women and minorities is a challenge the Greater Baltimore Committee and its members cannot afford to ignore.Schmoke's vision of an "inclusive" future in which minorities and women participate fully in Baltimore's development is an economic necessity as well as a moral imperative. As the mayor told business leaders at the GBC's annual dinner last week: "Our city cannot be the economic success story all of us want if the majority of our people are left behind."
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Baltimore's City Council is due to vote Monday on the "ban the box" ordinance - a measure that would prohibit prospective employers from inquiring about an applicant's criminal history until a conditional offer of employment is made. Its passage appears all but assured. The bill is designed to ensure that ex-offenders have a chance to be judged on the merit of their present skills rather than solely on the basis of their criminal past, and that is a goal we wholeheartedly support. We just hope it's not too late to make two modest changes that would, ultimately, serve the greater cause of increasing employment opportunities for those with criminal records.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
The Greater Baltimore Committee said Wednesday that it will organize a private-sector commission to study Maryland's tax structure after dozens of local CEOs named tax reform the top priority for making the state more business friendly. The GBC, a business and civic leadership organization, said it surveyed more than 250 chief executives and conducted workshops across the region to hear business leaders' thoughts on how to increase Maryland's economic competitiveness. "Tax structure was the No. 1 - that's the one they consistently hear about, talk about, hear from others outside this state," said Donald C. Fry, the GBC's president.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
T. Rowe Price senior executive Brian C. Rogers is to become the chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee at its meeting Tuesday. Rogers, chairman and chief investment officer at the Baltimore money manager, has served on the GBC board of directors since 2007. He will succeed the outgoing GBC chairman, Charles O. Monk II, managing partner at Saul Ewing's Baltimore office. Hanah.cho@baltsun.com
NEWS
August 31, 1993
In its 38 years as the champion of Maryland's largest city and its metropolitan region, the Greater Baltimore Committee has had only two chief executives. When Donald P. Hutchinson takes over the helm in mid-October, he will become a president of a leadership group with a proud past, confusing present and a challenging future.William Boucher III, GBC's chief executive from 1955 to 1981, brought to the job a business background and an intimate knowledge of Baltimore as a city ruled by old families.
NEWS
April 22, 1992
The moment of truth came early yesterday morning. It passed -- and nothing happened.Only about 30 people showed up at the organizational meeting of the proposed Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, despite the presence of Gov. William Donald Schaefer, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke and Councilman Anthony J. Ambridge. After an hour of presentations and discussion, a steering committee was set up. It has no set membership, no timetable.For the past several weeks, there has been talk about setting up a chamber of commerce separate from the Greater Baltimore Committee, which gobbled up the previous chamber in 1977.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
For many decades, visitors arriving in Baltimore by train from the north have received a rude greeting: a panorama of urban decrepitude with block after block of boarded-up homes lining the Amtrak tracks on the city's east side. The Greater Baltimore Committee wants to change that. The business advocacy group is calling on the city and Amtrak to work together to create a more attractive gateway to improve Baltimore's image and the quality of life in the neighborhoods along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2010
An influential group of Baltimore business and civic leaders coalesced Friday behind a proposal to build a new downtown arena that would be connected to an expanded Convention Center as part of a large redevelopment project on the Inner Harbor parcel that includes the Sheraton Hotel. The Greater Baltimore Committee said its board voted to study the plan. The project would replace the aging 1st Mariner Arena while adding convention space and renewing a dated wing of the Baltimore Convention Center on a site roughly bounded by Pratt, South Charles and Conway streets.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
With momentum building for higher hourly pay in Maryland, Rep. John Delaney, a co-sponsor of a federal minimum wage bill and a former CEO, urged Baltimore-area business leaders Thursday to have a voice in a measure he said is long overdue. The business community's involvement in crafting a law will be key in limiting damage to businesses while lifting the standard of living for low-wage workers, the Maryland Democrat said during a round table discussion led by the Greater Baltimore Committee.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
I am offended by your Nov. 17 editorial on the new Inner Harbor plan ( "Inner Harbor reborn" . Your implication that the Baltimore Beach Volleyball League at Rash Field is just another in a "hodgepodge of attractions" is insulting. For 10 years, this league has anchored the southern part of the Inner Harbor, providing a healthy, fun sport for thousands of city and non-city residents. Every night of the week people come together to play, then go out and spend money at local establishments.
NEWS
October 21, 2013
When the Greater Baltimore Committee asked a roundtable of CEOs for ideas on how to improve Maryland's business climate, many of the answers were unsurprising - lower taxes, a more predictable regulatory system and the like. But at least one of them wasn't so intuitively obvious: reforming the way Maryland draws its legislative districts. The executives' reasoning, according to GBC head Don Fry, is that giving the task of redrawing political boundaries after the census to an independent commission rather than elected officials would reduce partisanship and increase the likelihood that lawmakers would give serious consideration to a wide variety of perspectives.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
The Greater Baltimore Committee said Wednesday that it will organize a private-sector commission to study Maryland's tax structure after dozens of local CEOs named tax reform the top priority for making the state more business friendly. The GBC, a business and civic leadership organization, said it surveyed more than 250 chief executives and conducted workshops across the region to hear business leaders' thoughts on how to increase Maryland's economic competitiveness. "Tax structure was the No. 1 - that's the one they consistently hear about, talk about, hear from others outside this state," said Donald C. Fry, the GBC's president.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a bill that will require businesses getting large city contracts or financial support to hire 51 percent of new workers from Baltimore. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will let the bill become law without her signature, her spokesman said afterward. Approval of the legislation, sponsored by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, means Baltimore will join cities including San Francisco and Boston in adopting such an ordinance.
NEWS
May 9, 2013
In his remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee's annual meeting Wednesday night, T. Rowe Price Chairman Brian C. Rogers noted a contradiction in how the world sees Maryland as a place to do business. On the one hand, it is universally recognized for its top-ranked school systems and universities, skilled workforce, research activity, potential for innovation, and great quality of life. On the other, it frequently winds up toward the bottom of rankings of business competitiveness — most recently, by CEO Magazine — largely because of our tax system and regulatory environment.
BUSINESS
By Blair S. Walker | September 18, 1991
Talking about building a Baltimore economy based on biomedical businesses was easy.Now comes the hard part -- pulling it off.That task falls to the Greater Baltimore Committee, which announced its shining vision of Baltimore's economic future in May, amid much fanfare. "Baltimore: Where Science Comes to Life" laid down a collective gauntlet to educators, businesspeople and politicians to transform the region's economy from one based on smokestacks to test tubes.It's early yet to gauge accurately how far away that objective might be, GBC Deputy Director Tom J. Chmura said yesterday.
BUSINESS
By Maria Mallory | December 8, 1990
Seven Baltimore-based businesses that have shown marked growth in the last year received the Greater Baltimore Committee's Venture Award yesterday.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was on hand as Aegon, USA; Carr-Lowery Glass Co.; Curtis Engineering; JCM Controls Systems Inc.; Polk Audio; Port East Transfer; and Waverly Inc. received their awards.The seven companies were honored for exemplifying various kinds of expansion, including growth in facilities, equipment, employees or geographic market, said Charlie Goldberg, director communications for the GBC."
NEWS
Lionel Foster | January 17, 2013
Jan Houbolt may be the most influential Baltimorean you've never heard of. As head of the Greater Baltimore Committee's Leadership Program since 1989, he has helped groom some of the state's up-and-coming leaders through a 10-month-long series of site visits and conversations that help them examine the city in all its complexity. Mr. Houbolt will retire in December, so this year's class, his 25th, will be his last. I talked to him about why a white sociology major from a historically black university took a job with Baltimore's business elite - and some of what he saw along the way. Q: Where did you grow up?
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
T. Rowe Price senior executive Brian C. Rogers is to become the chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee at its meeting Tuesday. Rogers, chairman and chief investment officer at the Baltimore money manager, has served on the GBC board of directors since 2007. He will succeed the outgoing GBC chairman, Charles O. Monk II, managing partner at Saul Ewing's Baltimore office. Hanah.cho@baltsun.com
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