Study: Needs for development infrastructure increase farther from Hagerstown

Washington County’s infrastructure needs assessment, unveiled to the public Tuesday, contains a rating system for 11 economic development areas, but each should be considered subjectively depending on a prospective business or industry, according to an official who helped draft the report. (Herald-Mail)

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Santoni’s assets may be frozen 

A week that began with Santoni announcing his family would be closing its 83-year-old Highlandtown supermarket is scheduled to end with a federal court appearance Friday afternoon in a lawsuit filed by a produce vendor. A federal judge has set a hearing to determine why she should not freeze Santoni’s Super Market’s assets until it pays back more than $200,000 to Jessup-based G. Cefalu & Bro. Inc. (Daily Record)

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Nonprofit institute out to help train, grow groups in St. Mary's

A new institute for nonprofit organizations in St. Mary’s County housed at the College of Southern Maryland hopes to promote the concept of safety — and productivity — in numbers. Brad Gottfried, president of CSM, officially launched the program Wednesday morning in St. Mary’s at a breakfast at the Leonardtown campus. (Enterprise)

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Md. not energized to keep firm? 

Owners of an energy company formed in a business incubator at the University of Maryland, College Park say they are being forced to move a bulk of its operations to Melbourne, Fla., because of a lack of support from state economic development officials to remain and expand in Maryland. State officials, though, are powerfully disputing that claim. (Daily Record)

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Environmental Recovery Corp. expands into Baltimore

Environmental Recovery Corp., a residual waste-processing facility based in Lancaster, Pa., is expanding into the Baltimore area with the acquisition of two Rosedale companies. The Lancaster company has acquired Gutter King, a refuse container and disposal business, and AAA Handy Johns, a portable toilet company. The additions will allow Environmental Recovery to increase market share in the Baltimore/Washington area by more than 10 percent, expand its client base and add new services, the company said. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore's public companies might be an indicator of housing prices

If a local area's public companies are doing well, then home prices in that area should be higher than in an area where companies aren't doing so well. That's the logic behind Seattle online real estate company Redfin's latest analysis, which examined the correlation between home prices in a given area, and the stock valuations of publicly traded companies nearby. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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The shutdown had some surprising impacts on Baltimore

As the 16-day federal government shutdown comes to an end, we take a look back at the wide-ranging — sometimes surprising — impact on the Baltimore area. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Oct. 17 // Longshoremen strike, shut down port operations

A strike by hundreds of longshoremen who work the port of Baltimore's docks idled one of the region's big economic engines. Launched early Wednesday morning, the strike shut down all of the port's public marine terminals, and its effects rippled out from the docks where ship crews waited for their vessels to be unloaded, to the truckers who haul cargo and cars from the port, to the warehouses that unload consumer goods. (Balt. Sun)

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