Greene Turtle taps new CEO as Bob Barry steps down after 12 years

The Greene Turtle has named a veteran casual dining executive as its new president and CEO as the local casual dining chain's longtime head Bob Barry prepares to step down from his role after 12 years. The restaurant's board of directors announced Thursday the hiring of Geovannie "Geo" Concepcion, former chief operating officer of Minneapolis-based BBQ chain Famous Dave's. The move comes as the Greene Turtle is looking to continue its growth beyond its current 44 locations. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland Jockey Club president: Racegoers will be 'pumped' despite no Triple Crown contender

There's no chance for a Triple Crown victory this year, but the president of the Maryland Jockey Club still thinks there will be plenty of excitement surrounding Saturday's Preakness Stakes. When asked whether the absence of a Triple Crown contender would temper enthusiasm for the race, Sal Sinatra was optimistic. "Yes and no," he said. "I think people get pumped for Baltimore." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Lexington Market designs advance with more connection between plaza and vendors

New renderings of a redeveloped Lexington Market show the addition of vendor spaces that allow service to customers both inside and outside of the building, a more accessible outdoor pedestrian plaza and redesigned signage and entryways. Seawall Development Co. showed off the refined plans to members of Baltimore's Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel Thursday and received praise for their planned $40 million overhaul of the city market on downtown's west side. (Balt. Bus. Journal))

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Wexford plans $200M project to connect UMB BioPark, downtown's west side

Wexford Science + Technology is proposing a $200 million expansion of the University of Maryland BioPark, seeking to fill a void between the existing campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore on downtown's west side. The centerpiece of the project would be a 300,000-square-foot glass office and laboratory building atop a 300-space underground parking garage. The 10-story tower would be part of the first phase of development, which would include converting a neighboring vacant fire house into a food concept. (Balt. Bus. Journal)


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Amazon plans two eco-friendly, 22-story towers with parks, day care and bike path

Amazon submitted preliminary plans Wednesday for its new headquarters in Arlington County, announcing it will build 2.1 million square feet in a pair of 22-story office towers that meet high energy-efficient and environmental standards and include a public plaza and storage for 200 bicycles. In a blog post, Amazon vice president John Schoettler said the company is looking for “a sense of place . . . an urban campus that will allow our employees to think creatively, to be a part of the surrounding community, and to remain connected to the region’s unique culture and environment.” (Wash. Post)

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Howard County General Hospital receives $1M for addition

Howard Hospital Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to Howard County General Hospital, received a $1 million donation Thursday from The Kahlert Foundation, a Sykesville-based private family foundation to support the hospital’s campus construction project. The Kahlert Foundation previously gave their first grant of $250,000 to the project in 2017. Following the donation, Howard Hospital Foundation has now raised more than half of its $15 million goal in support of the campus construction project. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore-area still without a Fortune 500 company

Baltimore-area public companies are creeping closer and closer to Fortune 500 status, but the region remains off the list for the seventh straight year. McCormick & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MKC) climbed 25 spots to No. 514 on this year's list, generating revenue of $5.4 billion in 2018. T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TROW) shot up 21 spots, coming in at No. 519 with revenue last year of nearly $5.37 billion. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Beyond Pugh and UMMS: Members of local hospital boards also had contracts with the systems they oversaw

Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh and her colleagues on the University of Maryland Medical System board were not the only ones who profited from business deals with the hospitals they oversaw. At least two dozen people who sit on boards of smaller, affiliated institutions in the massive system had contracts with those institutions, in some cases worth hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, according to financial disclosures. (Wash. Post)

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