American Bus Association to host annual meeting in Baltimore in 2021

The American Bus Association, a trade group of motor coach, travel and tourism companies, will hold its annual Meeting & Marketplace event at the Baltimore Convention Center in 2021, officials announced Tuesday. The event is the top travel show for the intercity bus industry in the U.S. and Canada, and this year’s meeting in Cleveland drew more than 3,400 tour operators, suppliers and exhibitors — and generated $115.9 million in booked business during the event and immediately afterward, according to the ABA. (Balt. Sun)

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SeaWolf eyes Howard for brewery, Annapolis for restaurant

The aspiring brewery recently started contract brewing at Baltimore's Peabody Heights Brewery and will have beers ready for the public to taste in honor of the bowl game showdown between the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen and the University of Virginia Cavaliers Dec. 28. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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December 12 // FAQ: What you need to know about medical marijuana in Maryland

Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland, more than four years after the General Assembly passed a law legalizing it. Standing up the industry — with growers, processors, dispensaries and doctors — took longer than expected. The law needed to be tweaked, rules to needed to written and legal battles fought over who won licenses. Here’s what prospective users need to know about medical marijuana. (Balt. Sun)

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Under Armour names two new senior executives

Under Armour on Monday named two new senior executives. Kelley McCormick will take a newly created position, senior vice president of corporate communications, and Massimo Baratto will serve as vice president and managing director of European business for the Baltimore-based athletic apparel company. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said McCormick and Baratto “bring unique combinations of strategic expertise and vision to their respective roles.” “We are excited to add two talented senior executives to our bench, further strengthening our ability to build the Under Armour brand globally,” Plank said in a statement. “I look forward to their leadership and contribution as we enter our next chapter of growth.” (Balt. Sun)

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In advance of council discussion, residents question $43M assistance to Towson Row developers

Some Towson residents, alarmed by a Baltimore County proposal to give nearly $43 million to the developers of the Towson Row project, plan to press officials for answers at a Tuesday County Council meeting. Since learning about the incentive package last week, many residents have been connecting over Facebook, NextDoor and email, and coordinating plans to attend the meeting where council members will discuss the deal to jump start the York Road development. “People want to know: What is this?” said Brenda Bodian, a resident of Towson’s Stoneleigh neighborhood and a commercial real estate professional. “It comes as a great shock that there’s $43 million that can be given to a private developer.” (Balt. Sun)

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After 13 years, West Baltimore mega-development begins to take shape

The horizon of West Baltimore's Poppleton community has sprouted two new additions: The first buildings of a sprawling, $800 million development that will welcome new tenants in August. The 32-acre development, called Center West, is located just west of Martin Luther King Boulevard at Fayette and Schroeder streets and is planned to ultimately hold 1,600 apartments and 3.2 million square feet of residential and commercial space in about a decade. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Howard County General looks to be added to county’s operating budget

For the first time, Howard County General Hospital has asked to be added to the county’s annual operating budget, with a request for $3 million. President Steve Snelgrove sent a formal written request to County Executive Allan Kittleman asking for the hospital to be included in both the county’s fiscal 2019 capital and operating budgets. The request came days before the county will host its first budget public hearing Monday night to hear public testimony about the county’s many budget proposals. (Columbia Flier)

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Casino makes $4.1M last month

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $4.1 million from its slot machines and table games in November, an 8.4 percent increase when compared to figures from the same month last year. Combined, the state’s six casinos — Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap and MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County— made $130.5 million for the month, according to numbers released by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. (Times-News)

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