October 17 // Legislation introduced that gives up to $36M tax break to Maryland Live casino for hotel and conference center

Maryland Live owner The Cordish Cos. is poised to receive up to a $36 million tax break after legislation was introduced at Monday night’s County Council meeting that would negate property taxes for a proposed hotel and conference center. In lieu of paying those yearly property taxes, The Cordish Cos. would pay the county $1 a year for 30 years. (Capital)

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Baltimore County, Tradepoint Atlantic seek $25M federal grant

Tradepoint Atlantic and the Baltimore County government hope to land a $25 million grant that would help pay to upgrade the port at the industrial campus in Sparrows Point. The money could come from a federal program that funds transportation projects that can spur economic development. Tradepoint Atlantic, the company that’s redeveloping the former Sparrows Point steel mill site in southeastern Baltimore County, would match the grant with $25.5 million of its own money. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County won’t detail potential sites in Amazon bid before submission

While officials in Washington, D.C, Baltimore and Prince George’s County have detailed the sites they plan to pitch to Amazon for a new headquarters site, Montgomery County is keeping quiet. Patrick Lacefield, a spokesman for County Executive Ike Leggett, said Monday that the county doesn’t plan to release the possible sites it has identified for a new headquarters or other details about its bid to the tech company. (Bethesda)

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Dave & Buster's prepares to open at White Marsh Mall

Dave & Buster's is getting ready to open in December at White Marsh Mall and plans to hire more than 230 employees to staff the new location. The chain, which offers arcade games as well as a restaurant and sports bar, will move into a 47,000 square foot space in the mall next to Buffalo Wild Wings, the site of a former Sports Authority location. The White Marsh location will be the 105th Dave & Buster's establishment nationwide. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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One branch’s closure sparks a battle against “banking deserts” in Baltimore

There's not much left of the Bank of America branch that closed at Reisterstown Road Plaza last month, just two still-working ATMs outside the building. Banks are shuttering brick-and-mortar branches across the country as the industry moves online and, looked at that way, 6538 Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore is just one more of them. (Brew)

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Horseshoe Casino labor contract take effect this month

A group of five unions successfully unionized about 1,000 workers at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, negotiating a contract that took effect this month. Leaders of Unite Here Local 7 said they plan to unveil details Thursday of the first union contract ratified at Horseshoe. The union local, which represents hospitality workers in the Baltimore area, plans to highlight the agreement during a nationwide day of marches and rallies planned by unions and service sector workers in more than 40 cities. (Balt. Sun)

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For Maryland casinos to boost revenues, 'esports' possible new front

 

Maryland may see new forms of gaming such as “esports” or skill-based games after a panel of various gaming corporations presented information to a joint legislative committee this week. This was the first time that the committee on gaming oversight has met since 2016, when they discussed fantasy sports. In January, Maryland became one of the first states to regulate daily fantasy sports. (Capital News)

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iCyberCenter to help startups get a foothold in Maryland

For Canadian software developer Plurilock, a new international cybersecurity center gearing up at the bwtech@UMBC technology park could be the gateway it needs to expand in the U.S. Plurilock CEO Ian Paterson said the company has been selling intrusion-detection software to companies and government agencies in the Baltimore-Washington market since January. But it is the new center that will help Plurilock, which has opened an outpost in the technology park, “get plugged into the region,” Paterson said. (Catonsville)

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