Sept. 27 // Surrounding jurisdictions develop shutdown game plans

A shutdown of the federal government next week would have a significant impact on the budgets of local governments across the Washington region, where officials are preparing to find alternative funds to pay for local services, officials say. (Wash. Post)

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Added cancer centers mean patient options, provider challenges 

Cancer: The word itself generates anxiety. A diagnosis can be devastating and treatment even scarier. And for many patients, the ordeal gets worse. (Daily Record)

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Annapolis firms practice their pitch

The Annapolis Economic Development Corporation groomed three companies that were able to present to Pitch Across Maryland this month. The firms - 1100 Energy Corporation, Sandy Bottom and JNP Project - were among the seven companies that got to get on the Startup Maryland bus and give their three-minute business pitches at the Annapolis stop. (Capital)

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Shut down a $15M daily hit on Md. economy, state estimate finds

Maryland's economy would take a $15 million hit each day of a federal government shut down -- and the state would lose $5 million a day in revenue -- according to a memo drafted by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration. Because of the high concentration of federal workers in Maryland, state budget officials project a two-week furlough period would amount to $51 million in lost income and sales tax revenue. Those estimates generally assume federal workers would not be paid retroactively as they have been after past shutdowns. (Balt. Sun)

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Kevin Plank wants Baltimore to be the 'coolest city in the world'

Kevin Plank wants to rebrand Baltimore. No, he doesn’t want to plaster it with the Under Armour (NYSE: UA) logo. Rather the company’s founder and CEO wants the city to become a destination for entrepreneurs and innovative young professionals. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Apartments added to Harbor Point plan 

The Harbor Point offices for Exelon Corp. will have a new addition: 105 apartment units, spread across five floors, to compliment office and retail space as well as a huge trading floor for the energy giant, Beatty Development Group officials said Thursday. (Daily Record)

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Design of Walmart-anchored 25th Street Station gets chilly reception

WV Urban Development will need to revise plans for the Walmart-anchored 25th Street Station after city officials and neighbors said they opposed the design. The shopping center was back before the Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel on Thursday after the site’s owner, Bruce Mortimer, settled last month a lawsuit aimed at blocking development. It was the first time the panel had seen the revised design after a Lowe’s home improvement store withdrew as a co-anchor to Walmart last year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore firm sees business boom from electronic health record push

Baltimore’s Sage Growth Partners sees opportunity where others see a headache. Over the past few years Sage, a health care technology consulting firm, has seen business pick up as more health care providers look for help installing and managing the new electronic record systems. (Balt. Business Journal)

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