Business group asks O’Malley for commission on business climate

The new chairman of Maryland Business for Responsive Government is calling on Gov. Martin O’Malley to create a blue ribbon commission to improve Maryland’s negative business climate. Promising to take a more bipartisan approach as chair of MBRG, Jerry Wit, also senior vice president of St. John Properties, a major office developer, said he wrote to O’Malley Tuesday. (Md. Reporter)

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Possible Walmart move worries some in rural Bowie

The Walmart department store in Bowie is considering shutting down its current site and opening a larger store in the city — but some residents worry Prince George’s County’s first “super center” would hurt the rural character of the proposed relocation area. (Gazette)

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Havre de Grace creates economic development director and department

Havre de Grace will be looking for a new economic development director, after the city council voted to create the position, as well as a new economic development department. (Aegis)

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F.N.B. CEO talks Baltimore-area growth strategy

F.N.B. Corp.’s CEO said the company does not expect to shut any Baltimore-area branches once it completes its purchase of BCSB Bancorp. Hermitage, Pa.-based F.N.B.’s $79 million deal for the parent company of Baltimore County Savings Bank is on track to close in first quarter 2014, F.N.B. CEO Vincent J. Delie Jr. said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Under Armour enters Big East, targets New York with St. John's deal

The Big East Conference has a new player: Under Armour Inc. Under Armour announced on Tuesday a deal with St. John’s University to provide all sports gear for the school's department through the 2018-2019 academic year. St. John's previously had a deal with Under Armour rival Nike. Not only does the new partnership provide Under Armour its first all-sports contract in the basketball rich Big East, it also gives the Baltimore sportswear maker an expanded presence in New York. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Residents question proposed gas compressor station for Myersville

About 80 people came Tuesday to an informational meeting scheduled by the Maryland Department of the Environment in connection with Dominion Transmission Inc.’s proposal to construct and operate a 16,000-horsepower natural gas compressor station in Myersville. The meeting was held as part of the state air quality permitting process requirements and focused only on questions and concerns about the project. (News-Post)

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KinderMender uses IT, child-centric focus to differentiate itself, expand 

Dr. Keyvon Rafei doesn’t like being taken by surprise. He doesn’t appreciate unexpected surges in patient volume. He doesn’t enjoy paying employees top dollar to monitor empty waiting rooms. He hates guessing which illnesses will plague his patients, which neighborhoods they live in or what they thought about their visit to KinderMender, the pediatric urgent care clinic he founded. (Daily Record)

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APG officials say workforce safety is 'our highest priority' after Navy Yard shooting

Officials at Harford County's huge military installation, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and defense contractors which operate local facilities, are being tight-lipped about their security protocols and any changes made following the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard Monday. (Aegis)

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