Barcoding Inc. marks first international expansion with Canadian offices

 

Baltimore-based Barcoding Inc. is growing its North American presence, with three new offices in Canada. The expansion to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver marks Barcoding's first outside of the U.S. Barcoding, headquartered in Canton, has offices in several U.S. cities including Chicago, Houston and Seattle. The 150-person company, founded in 1998, has about 70 workers based in Greater Baltimore. Shane Snyder, president of Barcoding, declined to disclose how many employees the company has in Canada. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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BWI, Frontier Airlines Begin New Partnership

BWI launched its new partnership with Frontier Airlines Friday. To celebrate the new partnership, Frontier Airlines is offering flights with fares as low as $49. The services will include BWI to/from Denver and BWI to/ from Orlando. The services to Denver have already started, but the services to Orlando will begin April 11. Frontier Airlines released a statement with its new partnership with BWI: “We are excited to be starting service and proud to bring our unique brand of Low Fares Done Right to BWI,” said Jonathan Freed, Director of Corporate Communications for Frontier Airlines. (WJZ-TV)

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Real estate investors expected to unlock trillions as feds finalize Opportunity Zone rules. Here's where the money will go in Md.

Washington's political rancor is rippling across the nation's real estate industry, as the recent federal shutdown has delayed a plan to unleash trillions in property investment in the country's biggest cities and most impoverished communities. Specifically, the delay has affected new rules for investing in so-called Opportunity Zones, and in the process has prevented many investors from exploiting one of program’s key benefits: the ability to sell long-held properties, more or less tax free. The potential payoff, which limits capital gains taxes on investment gains that are then reinvested in Opportunity Zones, stems from a little-known provision in the federal tax code changes passed by Congress in 2017. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Charm City Circulator's new operator has not trained all drivers, faces persistent bus shortage

The Charm City Circulator’s new operator has not yet trained all its drivers as required and has hired another shuttle company to run one of the four routes because of a persistent shortage of buses, city and company officials confirmed in response to an inquiry by The Baltimore Sun. The city hired RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, a Rockville-based limousine and coach bus company, in October to take over the system under an emergency contract after suing the previous operator, alleging over-billing. Baltimore has since extended that contract and paid the company $3.4 million. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. luxury home market on the upswing

In early March, former Baltimore Orioles’ star Adam Jones and his wife put their Reisterstown estate — formerly owned and built by another Orioles’ star, Cal Ripken Jr. — up for sale. The six-bedroom, 22,000 square-foot home sits on 24 secluded acres and among its amenities are an indoor theater, regulation-sized baseball field, two four-car garages, a world-class gym and much more. The asking price was a whopping $3,995,000, and the inquiries, according to Karen Hubble Bisbee of Long & Foster Real Estate, poured in. (Daily Record)

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Maryland officials call for answers in medical system deals

Gov. Larry Hogan and leading lawmakers are demanding answers from the University of Maryland Medical System, after a newspaper reported this week that several members of the system’s board have significant financial dealings with the hospital network. Hogan said Friday “it is not just unseemly, it is appalling,” and he has called for a review. The Baltimore Sun reported this week that nine members of the system’s Board of Directors have business deals with the network that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each. (WTOP)

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Annapolis Green to kick off year long series on climate change

Annapolis Green is kicking off a year-long series of discussions on climate change to address the essential questions related to the global phenomena. “Tread Lightly on the Earth” is the series title and encompasses the breadth of the topics to be presented starting March 27, with considerable help from co-sponsor Hannon Armstrong, an Annapolis firm that supports alternative energies, and other sustainable practices through investment. “No more coal, no more oil, keep that carbon in the soil.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Streetcar Museum closed indefinitely as cleanup continues after CSX train derailment Friday

Two weeks after the Baltimore Streetcar Museum reopened for the season, the Falls Road museum was forced to close until further notice after a train came crashing onto a small building that powers its streetcars. A CSX train traveling north on elevated tracks near the North Avenue bridge derailed Friday at about 3 p.m., when five cars plummeted to the road below. No one was injured, and no leaks or spills occurred, according to CSX. Crews worked overnight and through the day Saturday to remove the derailed cars and debris from the crash, according to CSX officials, and several cars that derailed had been removed by Saturday morning. (Balt. Sun)

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