Harbor Point financing has backers -- and critics

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city has nothing to lose and much to gain by borrowing $107 million to pay for new roads, parks and other infrastructure at Harbor Point, a now-empty tract envisioned as a glittering mini-city on Baltimore's waterfront. Under the city's plan, the money would be repaid from property taxes generated at the site, with the developer responsible for any shortfall. And if the $1 billion project takes off — as a place for thousands to live, work and shop — the city eventually expects to take in an average of $20 million a year in new taxes, even after paying off the bonds and for services such as fire and police. (Balt. Sun)

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Southwest offers travel grants to patients seeking treatment in Baltimore

When James Russell learned that he had a rare form of appendix cancer, he thoroughly investigated his treatment options. His research led him to Dr. Armando Sardi, a surgical oncologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore who is one of a few specialists worldwide who performs an aggressive, cutting-edge procedure on patients afflicted with advanced stage abdominal cancer. Russell and his wife plan to fly for free on Southwest Airlines to and from Baltimore for the procedure. The couple received round-trip tickets from Southwest's 2013 Medical Transportation Grant Program. (Balt. Sun)

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Harley-Davidson store opens at Inner Harbor

Harley-Davidson of Baltimore has come to the Inner Harbor. But the Baltimore County dealership is selling t-shirts at Harborplace, not Harleys. The new store in the Pratt Street Pavilion carries Harley-Davidson branded t-shirts, apparel and souvenirs. (Balt. Sun)

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New law on minority contracting shouldn't faze PSC

Most of the contracts the Maryland Public Service Commission’s utility companies awarded to meet their diversity goals last year went to, well, diverse contractors. Which is what you’d expect. But it doesn’t always work out that way in other state agencies. Until recently, state contracts that went to nonprofit organizations counted toward minority participation goals. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Accounting support firm gives free services to local charities

While charities do much to help people with all types of needs, the bookkeeping aspect can be a challenge. To help with that, Accounting Support Services in Frederick is donating 30 hours of free bookkeeping and payroll services through October to local charities. (News-Post)

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Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant to submit new fire protection plan

As part of a transition to customized fire-protection programs, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant plans to submit its new program in September to the regulatory commission. In 2011, Calvert Cliffs informed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its intentions to file a license amendment request with the commission by Sept. 30 based on its transition to a National Fire Protection Association 805 risk-informed fire-protection program. (Recorder)

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July 12 // Defense employees frustrated by furloughs

Some 45,000 civilian employees in Maryland are to be furloughed one day for each of the next 11 weeks to help the Pentagon save $37 billion as required under the controversial spending cuts that began in March. The furloughs will continue through the end of the fiscal year in September. The pay cuts, which will hit as many as 650,000 military employees nationwide, are one of the first tangible impacts from sequestration to reach Maryland, and analysts believe they will almost certainly have some effect on the economy. (Balt. Sun)

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Casino revenue up, but not at Perryville

By and large, Maryland casinos had a good year in fiscal 2013, but some gubernatorial candidates say it is possible the state still could need to rework its gambling laws as the market gets more crowded.Table games were introduced after being approved by voters in November, and the state’s overall gross revenue reached more than $608 million, $76.84 million higher than state estimates. But at Hollywood Casino in Perryville, in Cecil County, gross slots revenue was $76 million, down from $118 million the previous fiscal year. (Gazette)

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