Maryland housing markets among nation’s healthiest

Maryland is home to some of the healthiest housing markets in the nation, according to a recent ranking by Nationwide. The California-Lexington Park market tops the list, followed by the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson market at No. 7. The Cumberland market comes in at No. 8, although a portion of it is in West Virginia. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reports electric bills down 25 percent this winter

Residential electric bills for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers were down 25 percent this winter compared with two years ago. BGE attributed the savings, an average of $72 a month per customer, to reduced rates, energy efficiency programs and mild weather. Lower commodity prices also contributed to smaller bills. (Balt. Sun)

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Downtown Frederick hotel gets money from state capital budget, for now

It could become more acrimonious in Annapolis soon — at least as far as Frederick County lawmakers are concerned. The hiatus in the debate over funding for a downtown Frederick hotel and conference center has come to an end after the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted to recommend $16 million in state bond funding for the project. (News-Post)

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Smoothie King opening in Columbia, franchisees looking to open 15-20 more

A local father and son duo is looking to open 15-20 Smoothie King restaurants around Greater Baltimore over the next couple of years, starting with a location opening the second week of April in Columbia. Jon Avalos opened his first Smoothie King in Bel Air 17 years ago and followed up recently with a location in Gambrills, which his son Chris Avalos runs. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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New tech on display during Demo Day

The newest apps and technologies created by Carroll entrepreneurs were on display at the first-ever Demo Day on Wednesday at the Community Media Center in Westminster. The demonstrations were put together by the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, a Carroll group designed to bring tech innovations to the county. According to MAGIC board member Jason Stambaugh, the event was designed to introduce these creators not only to the public at large, but to each other as well. (Carr. Co. Times)

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March 22 // Historic Recreation Pier reopens as Sagamore Pendry Hotel

Lisa DeSantis remembers parking her car inside Recreation Pier, which for years stood rotting at the foot of Fells Point. There was no room for that on Tuesday. A crowd of people jammed into the building, mounting red-carpeted stairs to celebrate its reopening as a $350-plus-a-night hotel, with a whiskey bar, ballroom and interior garden. Broad-shouldered security guards scanned the street, black SUVs slid into parking slots and passersby gawked at the affair. "It's just amazing to watch it from the beginning until now," said DeSantis, a manager at the Waterfront Hotel restaurant and bar located across Thames Street. (Balt. Sun)

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Company facing ouster from Anne Arundel incubator gets $350K in state loans

Just days after Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh announced he would shut down the county business incubator, one of the center's tenants has been awarded $350,000 in state backing. SecuLore Solutions was one of three companies awarded $250,000 from the state's VOLT Fund for small, minority and tech business loans, administered in part by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. SecuLore also received $100,000 from TEDCO, a state economic development agency. (Capital)

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BWI neighbors form group in fight against plane noise

BWI-Marshall Airport neighbors and their political representatives met Tuesday with aviation authorities as they continued a bid to end lower flight paths that they say have created too much noise over their homes. "This is our opportunity to make something that works for us," said Lance Brasher of Crownsville, who was elected chair of a roundtable group to submit the neighbors' recommendations to federal officials. (Balt. Sun)

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