Maryland lagging on entrepreneurial activity 

Despite a state economy ranked high for innovation, Maryland’s entrepreneurial activity is lacking, according to speakers at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Economic Outlook Conference on Thursday morning. (Daily Record)

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Sept. 26 // MGM unveils plans for casino at National Harbor

MGM Resorts International unveiled architectural renderings Wednesday for a towering $800 million casino and resort overlooking the Potomac River at National Harbor, the waterfront development in Prince George’s County. (Wash. Post)

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BGE plan to uproot hundreds of trees in Leakin Park sparks furor

One of the largest urban woodland parks in the eastern United States appears destined to get less wooded. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. aims to cut a swath up to two miles long through Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in West Baltimore to replace an aging natural gas pipeline there. The plan has alarmed advocates of the city's largest park, who estimate from the various routes broached so far that anywhere from 500 to 2,000 trees could be felled, some of them a century or more old. (Balt. Sun)

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Developer rethinks Snap Wall redevelopment in Canton as surrounding property owners seek top dollar

With Snap Wall Inc. moving out of its 11,000-square-foot warehouse near O’Donnell Square this month, developer Ross Taylor had hoped to be on track to redevelop the property by now. Purchased in December for $1.5 million, Taylor, of Ellicott City-based Taylor Property Group LLC, planned to assemble additional property on the 2800 block of Dillon Street in Canton for an ambitious residential and parking development. But now Taylor said those plans are in doubt after attempts to purchase the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s 5,200-square-foot Head Start building at 2811 Dillon St. have soured over pricing. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Random House head promoted to distribute 2 million books a day

Annette Danek started at Random House in Westminster more than 17 years ago when it was acquiring another publishing company. The industrial engineer was charged with creating a system to automatically transport and move thousands of books a day. On the heels of a merger of publishing giants Random House and Penguin in July, Danek was promoted last week and will now be head of all of the fulfillment and distribution for Penguin Random House in the United States. She will continue to work out of the company’s Westminster facility. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Under Armour looks to grow in China through new 'experience' store

Imagine walking into an athletic apparel shop and being surrounded by the sights and sounds of exercise instead of shoes, shirts and sports gear. That’s what Under Armour is bringing to its newest store in China. Called the “Under Armour Experience,” the new shop is set to open in October. A 270-degree screen at the Shanghai store will broadcast to patrons what it feels like to train as an athlete — an unfamiliar experience for many in the fast-growing country. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Oliver Breweries plans new production space in Northeast Baltimore

Oliver Breweries, owner of the Pratt Street Ale House, plans to open a production facility in Northeast Baltimore by spring 2014. Justin Dvorkin, co-owner of Oliver Breweries, said he has acquired a 12,000-square-foot warehouse at 4216 Shannon Drive off Sinclair Lane near Herring Run. The building was previously home to a Reddy Ice distribution facility. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Salt restaurant owners plan new Locust Point eatery

Locust Point is about to get a taste of salt. The owners of the Upper Fells Point restaurant Salt has reached a deal to buy a building at 1157 Haubert St. — where the bar called The House currently operates. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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