Baltimore falls short on Inc. ranking of best cities for startups

Baltimore scored poorly on Inc.'s new ranking of the 50 best places in the U.S. to start a business, despite the city's recent appearances on lists of top destinations for millennials, and others touting Charm City's impressive science and tech environments. The city was ranked No. 38 on the magazine's Surge Cities Index, struggling to compete with other cities due to Baltimore's low net business creation, and low wage, population and job growth. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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$1B redevelopment of East Baltimore delayed by federal shutdown

The first part of a nearly $1 billion redevelopment of 200 acres in East Baltimore is delayed because of the federal government shutdown. Developer Daniel P. Henson III said Monday a five-story, 193-unit residential and retail development at the former site of Somerset Homes off Central Avenue was stalled because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been closed down during the shutdown. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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CareFirst undertakes reorganization five months into new CEO's tenure

About six months after a new CEO took the helm of the state’s largest health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the nonprofit confirmed that it has launched a reorganization. The company would not make Brian D. Pieninck, its president and CEO as of July, or any other executive available for an interview and would not confirm the reorganization’s effect on jobs or otherwise quantify changes. CareFirst provided a statement only confirming there would be changes. (Balt. Sun)

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MGH makes Best Places to Work list

MGH, a full-service marketing communications agency, was named to the Ad Age 2019 Best Places to Work list, company officials said Monday. The Ad Age list featured workplaces across a myriad of industries, including marketing, ad tech and media. MGH’s selection places it among the top 25 small-to-mid-sized agencies (up to 200 employees). The honor was based on employee and employer surveys and is judged by Ad Age editors. (Daily Record)

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Maryland still outpacing California among nation's best science, tech environments, report finds

Maryland is the third-best environment in the U.S. for tech and science companies and employees, according to a new national report. The Milken Institute, a California-based economic think tank, puts out its "State Technology and Science Index" every two years. The index ranks states based on 107 different indicators of healthy tech ecosystems — research and development inputs, entrepreneurial infrastructure, science and tech workforce and more. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore County executive supports teen curfew at White Marsh Mall

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said Friday he supports establishing a curfew at the White Marsh Mall, which has drawn complaints about unsupervised teens. Olszewski met Friday with representatives of the shopping center and plans another meeting next week. Several County Council members have pushed for a curfew and more security measures at the mall ever since a large fight led to the arrest of nine people in August. “I think [a curfew policy] needs to be crafted in collaboration with their customers and the surrounding community,” said Olszewski, a Democrat who took office last month. (Balt. Sun)

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TSA operations continue at BWI amid national reports of agents calling out sick

Checkpoint operations performed by Transportation Security Administration officers were called “routine” Saturday at BWI Marshall Airport. That comes amid reports of agents calling out sick during the federal government’s partial shutdown. Jonathan Dean, a BWI spokesman, said the airport is “monitoring the situation and working closely with our TSA counterpart.” Hundreds of TSA officers — who have been required to work without pay since the shutdown began Dec. 22 — have called out sick in recent days, according to national reports. Many are concerned the call outs could make airport screenings less secure. (Balt. Sun)

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Hagerstown Community College hopes for workforce development legislation support

Hagerstown Community College President Jim Klauber will be closely watching a handful of proposals during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session, which begins Wednesday in Annapolis. Klauber has requested support from local legislators for a pilot program to get Washington County certified as a Work Ready Community through ACT’s WorkKeys program. WorkKeys measures skills in applied math, graphic literacy and ability to understand written information in the workplace. National Career Readiness Certificates go to those who complete the tests. It has been adopted in 26 states and boasts 23,000 employers across the nation who accept the certificate, according to Klauber. (Herald-Mail)

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