Thursday, October 19, 2017

The first rung of the economic ladder — Wi-Fi access

Internet access is the first step in social mobility. With a digital transformation plan in the works and new efforts to make Wi-Fi more accessible for residents, the city and its businesses are ramping up to be better connected.



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Baltimore Running Festival registration is flat this year. Its organizer has a theory as to why.

As organizers enter the final stretch of preparations for Saturday’s Baltimore Running Festival, they’re expecting about the same number of runners this year compared with last. Roughly 23,000 people are signed up to participate in the day’s events, which include a 5K, marathon and relay, half marathon and kids’ fun run. That’s on par with 2016 numbers, festival organizer Lee Corrigan, president of Corrigan Sports Enterprises, said on Thursday. The festival has worked to recover the participants…



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Charles County, with 'eyes wide open,' sends bid for Amazon HQ2

One last bid from Maryland was sent to Amazon.com Inc. Thursday for the retailing behemoth’s HQ2. And this one admittedly has a David and Goliath-like feel to it. “We’re submitting our proposal with our eyes wide open,” said Darrell Brown, director of the Charles County Economic Development Department. “We know we are a long shot, but it’s important for the county to participate in the process.” The small suburban Washington, D.C., jurisdiction has 158,000 residents, Brown said, and a naked…



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Labor union, UMMC Midtown launch hospital apprenticeship program

A labor union representing health care workers is working with the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus to develop an apprenticeship program to train entry-level hospital employees to fill in-demand patient care jobs. The effort is backed by $70,000 in grant funding, including $50,000 from the Maryland Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Innovation Fund and another $20,000 from the Health Career Advancement Program, a national labor organization. The local 1199SEIU chapter and…



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Abell Foundation's Embry says demand for startup capital outstrips supply

Abell Foundation President Robert C. Embry Jr. says the philanthropic organization has “more demand than we have supply and money.”



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Tradepoint Atlantic seeks to add more roads, utilities to Sparrows Point

The developer said expanding the grid will help it grow new tenants on the 3,100-acre site.



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Cordish again chosen to redevelop BCCC's former downtown campus

The Cordish Cos. will get another shot at redeveloping the Bard Building, Baltimore City Community College’s former Inner Harbor campus. College officials on Wednesday evening approved the Baltimore-based developer’s bid to revamp the 1.1-acre parcel at 600 E. Lombard St. after a six-month deliberation process. Cordish Cos. CEO David Cordish told the Business Journal earlier this week his plans for the site involve a mixed-use redevelopment with apartments and retail. The 169,000-square-foot…



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