Baltimore not among Amazon HQ2 finalists; Montgomery County makes cut

Amazon dashed the Baltimore region’s hopes of landing the plum prize of its second headquarters and tens of thousands of new jobs, as the online retail giant excluded the city from its list of finalists announced Thursday. But Maryland remained in with a chance as Montgomery County made the list of 20 finalists, and state officials quickly began assembling an incentive package to help the D.C. suburb land Amazon. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she was very disappointed that the city’s proposal to put Amazon in the Port Covington development in South Baltimore didn’t make the cut, but that won’t deter the city’s efforts to land other businesses, including Apple, which just Wednesday said it too plans another corporate campus employing thousands. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland governor to pitch $5 billion incentive package to lure Amazon headquarters to Montgomery

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration will submit legislation in the next few weeks to build a $5 billion incentive package to lure Amazon HQ2 to Montgomery County. The proposal — a combination of state and local tax incentives and big infrastructure improvements — will require approval from state lawmakers and would be the biggest economic development deal in state history. Even before Amazon announced that Montgomery County was among the top 20 finalists to win the coveted campus and its 50,000 jobs, Hogan had already proposed setting aside $10 million in cash in his spending plan unveiled this week to lure Amazon to the state. (Balt. Sun)

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Amazon executive once led Montgomery County's economic development group

The Amazon executive who announced the final 20 locations being considered for the company’s second headquarters once led the business booster group for Montgomery County, one of the contending communities. Holly Sullivan has been a public policy executive at Amazon since April 2016, but her previous job was president of the Montgomery Business Development Corporation, according to her LinkedIn profile. The business development group was replaced in 2016 with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, according to a county government report. The new corporation helped the county develop its proposal to Amazon. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis Market House shuts down as transition to new company begins

The Market House in Annapolis is shutting down as the city prepares to turn over operation of the landmark building to a new company. Harvey Blonder, who operates most of the vendors in the city-owned market and who lost a bid to become the new landlord, texted out a terse statement Thursday morning saying he planned to cease operation. “Market House closes.” Blonder, whose companies operates several restaurants in downtown Annapolis and around the county, said he is following a notice sent to him by the city Wednesday to vacate the building within 30 days. (Capital)

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Doctors group promotes its economic impact in Maryland

There are 17,633 active patient care physicians in Maryland supporting more than 213,000 jobs and generating $3.95 billion in economic output for the state’s economy, according to a study released by MedChi, Maryland’s medical society, and the American Medical Association. The doctors each generated more than $2 million in activity for the state’s economy on average, including more than $1.1 million in workers’ wages and benefits on average, according to the study. MedChi and AMA said the study’s goal is to show the effects from physicians beyond “safeguarding the health and welfare of the patients.” (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis mayor proposes waterfront hotel, underground garage at City Dock

A waterfront hotel with underground parking is at the center of a plan to revamp City Dock revealed Thursday by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley. With the National Sailing Hall of Fame inching closer to exiting City Dock for an old armory in Newport, Rhode Island, Buckley said he has been leading talks to redevelop the historic waterman’s home leased to the nonprofit and a privately owned restaurant and retail building next door. Together, the mayor wants to see them become a boutique hotel he dubbed the Maritime in a partnership between the state, which owns the Capt. William H. Burtis House; Harvey Blonder, owner of the restaurant building; and the city. (Capital)

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MoviePass is roiling the movie theater industry in Baltimore and beyond

As deals go, MoviePass seems too good to be true: pay $9.95 a month for admission to one movie movie every day. “You only have to see one movie a month” to make it pay for itself, said Bryan Oringher, a Rockville-based basketball scout. “It’s a no-brainer.” It’s a subscription service so inexpensive it seems to defy economic logic. But MoviePass and its emerging competitors promise to disrupt how people pay for movies — and, possibly, how movie theaters make money. It could offer a solution to the declining attendance that has long threatened the movie industry. (Balt. Sun)

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Goodwill opening new warehouse, online headquarters in Frederick County

Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley is opening a new location at a building in Matan Cos.’ Wedgewood West project in the Md. 85 south corridor. Goodwill signed the lease for a 110,000-square-foot building with the developers to operate a warehouse and online headquarters within the six-building industrial park at New Design Road and English Muffin Way, according to a news release from Matan Cos. (News-Post)

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