Montgomery gets few bidders for Silver Spring arena proposal

County Executive Isiah Leggett’s longtime vision of minor league sports, music and high school graduation ceremonies at a new arena in downtown Silver Spring is headed back to square one, again. Late last year officials asked developers for proposals to build a 5,000-seat venue on the site of two county-owned parking garages that straddle Bonifant Street, adjacent to the Silver Spring Transit Center. The county said research showed significant demand for a facility to house live entertainment, sports, seminars and graduations. No one responded by the April 10 deadline. (Wash. Post)

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Lockheed Martin, Dan Snyder each donated $1M to Trump's inauguration committee

Among the many corporate donors to President Donald Trump's Inauguration Committee was Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT). The Bethesda defense firm, under the name LMC IP with an address matching that of Lockheed's headquarters, donated $1 million on Jan. 10, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. Lockheed officials declined to comment. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore City Council president wants to give developers a reason to go beyond the Inner Harbor

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young says he loves seeing new cranes popping up around the city. From Harbor Point to 414 Light St., the city has seen a recent surge of new development, especially near the water. But Young wants to address the other neighborhoods next. In East Baltimore and West Baltimore, where there are few, if any, cranes, Young said he is working on initiatives to get developers to start building. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Rapidly growing Baltimore software firm eOriginal taps new CEO

Baltimore software company eOriginal Inc. has hired Brian Madocks, a veteran technology company executive, as its new CEO. Madocks brings several years of CEO experience to eOriginal. He has previously served as chief executive of Pennsylvania software firm Revitas Inc., Vitalyst Inc., an application and device support company, and education software firm SunGard Higher Education. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Why Conde Nast Traveler just named Baltimore a top city to watch in 2017

Baltimore has caught the eye of Conde Nast Traveler. As the "Big Three" major U.S. cities — New York, Chicago and Los Angeles — get more crowded and less affordable, the magazine released a list of six U.S. cities to watch in 2017. And Charm City is one of them. The cities listed are attracting people with cheaper rents, makerspaces and culinary movements, the magazine says. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Lenny's Delicatessen to close on 'Corned Beef Row'

Stephanie Hockaday likes her corned beef sandwiches from Lenny’s Delicatessen served on white bread with grilled onions, provolone cheese, mayonnaise and mustard — just how she got one for lunch on Wednesday. The 33-year-old has been coming to the Lombard Street deli as long as she can remember, but this would be one of her last visits. After 26 years, the Corned Beef Row stalwart will close its doors for good on Saturday and hand its lease over to the Helping Up Mission, a nearby organization that serves men struggling with addiction, poverty and homelessness. (Balt. Sun)

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'Whole Foods effect' shows Prince George's County economic growth

Prince George’s County is basking in the “Whole Foods effect” now that the upscale organic grocer has opened its doors at the Riverdale Park Station development, county officials say. “It’s a big deal,” said Brad Frome, one of the county’s economic development leaders. “The fact that they’re investing here and opening a store here is an affirmation of the direction the county’s heading in.” (Wash. Times)

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April 19 // Sagamore Spirit Distillery opens to the public on Friday

Sagamore Spirit, the whiskey company founded by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, will open its Port Covington distillery to the public on Friday. The company plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and Mayor Catherine Pugh on Thursday. Sagamore Spirit co-founder Bill McDermond and President Brian Treacy also will speak at the ceremony. The distillery, located at 301 E. Cromwell Street, is among the first complexes constructed in Sagamore's $5.5 billion development in Port Covington. (Balt. Sun)

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