Construction sector shows job gains, but there's still a 'long way to go'

Maryland saw a slight uptick in construction employment, according to an analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. According to the data, employment in Maryland’s construction sector increased from 148,100 to 153,700 between November 2012 and November 2013, for an increase of 4 percent. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Plan for houses on Fallston's Connolly Road raises traffic, flooding issues

More houses being planned along Connolly Road in Fallston, near the Humane Society of Harford County, are raising concerns among people already living in the area about increased traffic and flooding. Members of Harford County's Development Advisory Committee recently reviewed plans to create 12 residential lots within 71.13 acres in the 2200 block of Connolly, across from the Humane Society's property. (Balt. Sun)

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Metro extends bus route to FDA in White Oak

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on Sunday started the extension of its K9 limited-stop bus service from Northwest Park to the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Research Center in White Oak. The extension will help relieve crowding along the New Hampshire Avenue corridor, with buses running about every 17 minutes during morning and evening weekday rush hours, according to a Montgomery County news release. New Hampshire Avenue has the third-highest bus ridership in the state. (Gazette)

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Hearing planned on new Metro entrance tunnel in Bethesda

A public hearing on the proposed construction of a new entrance to the Medical Center Metro station at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda is tentatively planned for Jan. 9 at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. The new entrance, fully funded by the federal government, will provide access via three elevators on the east side of Rockville Pike to the Metro station across the street on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health. (Gazette)

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Crack of dawn, the shuttle’s on …

The sun has not yet risen over West Baltimore Street, where people are scattered around the sidewalk outside the University of Maryland Medical Center waiting for the shuttle that will take them to their jobs at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. It is Sunday, when about 60 airport employees rely on the free Sunrise Shuttle, funded by a federal grant and contributions from employers, to get to work on a day when the region’s mass transit service is most limited. (Daily Record)

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In saturated East Coast casino market, MGM deal in Maryland stands apart

Diplomats and businessmen from around the globe. Tourists from across the country. Day-trippers from neighboring states. They flock to the nation's capital for commerce and pleasure and might also try their luck at a planned MGM casino near the National Harbor development, high on a bluff above the Potomac River and just south of Washington. Such an international destination could transform a Maryland gambling industry that until now has mostly focused on creating a regional foothold. (Balt. Sun)

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Dec. 30 // Putting employers in the driver's seat for job training

Even as the manufacturing industry sheds jobs overall, a number of firms in Maryland want to hire — and aren't having an easy time of it. That's what the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership heard when the nonprofit talked to 40 employers this year. Most of the entry-level people the firms bring on don't work out, in part because it can be a culture shock to take a job in manufacturing for the first time, said Brian Sweeney, executive director of the manufacturing-assistance organization. (Balt. Sun)

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Pixelligent searching for space to ramp up manufacturing

Nanotechnology developed in Baltimore could help brighten household LED light bulbs or touch screens in the new year as startup Pixelligent prepares to ramp up manufacturing. The Dundalk-based company is searching the region for space for a manufacturing facility capable of increasing its capacity to make nanocrystal coatings for electronics and semiconductors by 10 times or more. (Balt. Sun) 

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