Pittsburgh ad agency opens Baltimore office after winning Maryland Lottery contract

One of Pittsburgh’s biggest advertising agencies has opened an office in Baltimore after winning a multi-million contract with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency earlier this year. Marc USA confirmed its newest office on Wednesday. The Baltimore office is led by Rob Rex, senior vice president, performance marketing, who rejoined the agency to lead the Maryland Lottery account. The new office is located at 145 W. Ostend St. in Stadium Square in South Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Medifast will donate $1.1 million to Living Classrooms Foundation

Weight loss company Medifast will donate $1.1 million to Living Classrooms Foundation over five years as part of an initiative to bring healthy habits to families in under-served communities. Baltimore-based Medifast said this week it will launch the Healthy Habits For All program through partnerships with local and national nonprofits, including Living Classrooms, a Baltimore and Washington nonprofit that offers hands-on education, workforce development, and health and wellness programs to children and adults. Donations of $200,000 a year for five years will help provide education for students in Living Classrooms’ Baltimore Urban Gardening With Students, or BUGS, program. (Balt. Sun)

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Remember the field you parked in at Merriweather Post Pavilion? Here's what's there now.

If you've ever attended a concert at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion you have probably parked, or tailgated, in the large grass and dirt field behind the storied venue. That same field is now the site of roughly $300 million worth of ongoing construction by Howard Hughes Corp., the Dallas-based developer that is also in the midst of a larger 30-year plan to transform Downtown Columbia into a walkable urban core. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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UMMS scandal: Medical system board chairman, two others resign as additional contract revealed

The chairman of the embattled University of Maryland Medical System board of directors announced his resignation Tuesday — along with two other board members — as an additional contract with one of the departing board members was revealed. Board Chairman Stephen Burch, who attended a contentious meeting in March with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller over the board’s contracting practices, announced his resignation effective July 1. (Balt. Sun)

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Here's what we know about the $14M in contracts to Associated Black Charities put on hold

The city's Board of Estimates will determine Wednesday whether $14.2 million in postponed contracts will finally be awarded to Associated Black Charities, for distribution to local organizations offering HIV and AIDS services. It has been two weeks since the board postponed the awarding of contracts to Associated Black Charities amid questions about the nonprofit's involvement in "Healthy Holly" book deals. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 

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Maryland casinos generate $145.2 million in revenue in April, their second-best month ever

Maryland’s six casinos generated a combined $145.2 million in revenue in April, a 1.2% increase from the same month last year, state lottery and gaming officials announced Tuesday. The combined total was the most of any single month except March, during which revenues surpassed $150 million for the first time. The casinos set the previous record, $141.1 million, in March 2017, three months after the MGM National Harbor opened in Prince George’s County. (Balt. Sun)

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Aging millennials projected to drive up housing prices

Becoming a homeowner is likely to get more costly and competitive over the next decade as millions more Americans enter the age range where people typically seek to buy their first home. Nearly 45 million Americans will enter their mid-30s over the next 10 years, or 3.1 million more than in the last decade, according to an analysis by real estate information company Zillow. (Daily Record)

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County working with state and federal officials to address mill closure

Allegany County officials have opened a dedicated website and arranged a job fair for May 14 in an ongoing effort to address the myriad of issues surrounding the impending closure of the Verso Corp. paper mill. County officials said the May 14 job fair will be held at the Bruce Outreach Center in Westernport from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional information on the job fair and the latest development with the Verso mill closure can be found online at WorkforceAllegany.com, according to officials. (News-Post)

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