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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2012
Speaking to hundreds of Baltimore's business leaders in Harbor East on Thursday morning, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised President Barack Obama's handling of the recession and outlined his boss' financial reform wish list, which includes cutting small business taxes and maintaining the federal student loan interest rate. The quickly organized event, suggested last week to the Greater Baltimore Committee, served as a platform for Geithner to attack presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's economic policies.
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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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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2012
Elizabeth McKenrick Winstead, an award-winning knitter and Bryn Mawr School graduate who established a scholarship fund there, died Tuesday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 73. Mrs. Winstead, who went by the nickname Libby, was born in Baltimore in 1939. She was the eldest of three girls. Her father, a lawyer, served in the armed forces during World War II. During his absence, the girls and their mother moved to Pennsylvania to live with relatives. In early 1946, Mrs. Winstead's family returned to Baltimore, settling on North Charles Street near the city-county border.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2011
Employment in the Baltimore area has held up better in the last few difficult years than it has in other, similar regions, thanks largely to the strength of the education, health care and government sectors, according to a new study. The 2011 State of the Region report, produced for the Greater Baltimore Committee, says the Baltimore area's loss of 1.6 percent of its jobs between 2008 and 2010 was the fifth-smallest drop among 20 metro areas studied. Austin, Texas, had the best performance, with a drop of about half a percent, while Tampa's 3.6 percent job loss ranked the Florida city dead last.
NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
With the board that oversees Maryland's university system just two months from deciding whether to back a merger of its largest research campuses, Baltimore civic leaders are lining up against any move that would place the city's campus under out-of-town control. The idea of merging the University of Maryland, Baltimore with the state's flagship campus in College Park initially was floated by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who says the combined university would become one of the most prestigious in the nation.
NEWS
October 16, 2011
The recent article about the Baltimore recreation not receiving many bids to operate them and the prospect of closing some ("City gets few third-party bids to run rec centers," Oct. 13), indicates how disconnected our elected officials are, especially when the day before Donald Fry of the Greater Baltimore Committee asked the state for $2 million to $3 million to do a feasibility study for a new convention center expansion. This is the same Mr. Fry who heads the slots commission and can't seem to get slots built in Baltimore because of the cost to the bidders to create revenue for the city.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2011
Backers of a proposed Inner Harbor arena linked to an expanded convention center expect to ask the state to provide funds for preliminary planning and design for the project's $420 million public portion. The Greater Baltimore Committee, the business group leading the effort to expand the Baltimore Convention Center and link it to a new, privately financed 18,500-seat arena — as well as a 500-room hotel — plans to ask Gov. Martin O'Malley to include $2 million to $3 million in next year's capital budget, Donald C. Fry, president and chief executive of the GBC, said Monday.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 12, 2011
L. Patrick Deering, a retired accountant and insurance executive who worked behind the scenes on behalf of cultural, educational and philanthropic causes, died of leukemia Sunday at his Ruxton home. He was 88. Born on a cattle and dairy farm in County Carlow, Ireland, he came to the U.S. as a student at Fordham Preparatory School in New York City. He became an American citizen and served in the Army Air Forces, working in intelligence in England and France during World War II. He earned a degree at the Columbia University Business School.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2011
Hotel rooms booked for future years by convention or business groups declined nearly 8 percent in the past fiscal year, Baltimore's convention and tourism agency said Thursday. Visit Baltimore said 457,051 rooms were booked for business conferences between next year and 2020, down from the 495,896 hotel room nights booked in fiscal 2010 for future years. "It's still a fantastic year," said Tom Noonan, president and chief executive of Visit Baltimore, who announced the figure at the organization's annual business meeting.
NEWS
By Donald C. Fry | June 13, 2011
The Greater Baltimore Committee's proposed concept for building a new 18,500-seat arena and a 500-room hotel on Conway Street and connecting the arena to an expanded convention center has generated a deluge of media "buzz. " Reactions to the idea of combining the construction of a $500 million, privately funded new arena and hotel with an adjacent $400 million, publicly funded, expanded convention center have been largely positive. However, we should not be surprised that some naysayers are voicing concern about the need for expanding the convention center and questioning its value as a business generator.
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