In Baltimore's forgotten Chinatown, a new festival will celebrate Asian-American history and culture

A once-bustling section of downtown will come alive again Saturday with the Charm City Night Market, a block party celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander culture in Baltimore. That’s the hope, at least, of the Chinatown Collective, a volunteer-run organization of young Baltimoreans that created the first-ever event. Located in the city’s historic Chinatown along Park Avenue downtown, the festival aims to remind attendees of Baltimore’s Asian history and culture while showcasing the work of restaurateurs, artists and vendors, said organizer Marisa Dobson. (Balt. Sun)

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Casting agency for Harriet Tubman film is searching for its star in Maryland

A movie on abolitionist Harriet Tubman, scheduled to be shown at a museum, will be filmed in Cambridge in October, according to a Maryland Film Office press release. And Marinella Hume Casting, the company that recruited for “House of Cards” in the Baltimore area, is looking for actors. The company has put out casting calls for African-American actresses with natural hairstyles to portray Tubman, a conductor of the Underground Railroad, at various ages — as a 6-year-old, as a teenager, as an adult between 25 and 30, and as an elderly woman. (Balt. Sun)

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September 20 // Maryland Tech Council taps biotech industry veteran as new CEO

The Maryland Tech Council has appointed 35-year biotech industry veteran Martin "Marty" Rosendale as its new CEO, effective immediately. The Gaithersburg-based trade organization works to represent the interests of more than 450 member tech and biotech companies throughout the state. Its former CEO Tami Howie announced in August she was leaving her post and returning to a role at her previous employer, law firm DLA Piper. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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BWI tops Dulles, ties Reagan in J.D. Power 2018 airport passenger satisfaction rankings

BWI Marshall Airport fell two spots to No. 13 in the 2018 J.D. Power & Associates passenger satisfaction rankings of large airports, but tied Reagan National and beat Dulles International airports, its two competitors in the region. Overall customer satisfaction scores among the nation’s airports reached an all-time high this year, due to improved food, beverage, retail and security check scores, according to the consumer insights firm. (Balt. Sun)

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Physical therapy firm Pivot continues rapid growth in Md., region

Pivot Health Solutions is looking to keep up a pace of adding about 30 new locations to its inventory of physical therapy clinics per year, armed with growing brand recognition and an aggressive merger and acquisition strategy. The Towson company specializes in both physical therapy and occupational health, serving clients ranging from college athletes who require treatment after a concussion event, to people who were injured on the job and are trying to get back to work. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Preliminary approval granted for Urbana project that would bring 900 jobs

Urbana is one step closer to getting a major new employer that will bring hundreds of jobs, although who it will be remains under wraps for now. The Frederick County Planning Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a site plan for the as-yet-unannounced project in an Urbana office park. The project will be large, with 62,000 square feet of office space and 217,000 square feet of manufacturing, plant, and shipping space, and will have 900 employees when it’s completed. (News-Post)

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Developer details high-rise plans for La Madeleine property in downtown Bethesda

The developer looking to build a residential high-rise on the La Madeleine site in downtown Bethesda is poised to present updated project plans to a local design panel. If the project goes forward, the existing French bakery and café at 7607 Old Georgetown Road will make way for a 225-foot-tall structure containing about 200 multifamily dwelling units and 3,000 square feet of retail space. (Bethesda)

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Holly Poultry's rapid growth spurs giveaway of 160,000 pounds of chicken

Zachary Fine made a few promises when he opened Holly Poultry Inc.'s new processing plant nearly two years ago. He said he would grow the company's workforce, be customer-driven and give back to Baltimore. The CEO of the Baltimore processor and wholesale meat distributor appears to be making good on all three, especially the third, with a planned giveaway on Sept. 22 of 160,000 pounds of frozen chicken to churches and nonprofits to feed the hungry in Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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