Preliminary approval granted for Urbana project that would bring 900 jobs

Urbana is one step closer to getting a major new employer that will bring hundreds of jobs, although who it will be remains under wraps for now. The Frederick County Planning Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a site plan for the as-yet-unannounced project in an Urbana office park. The project will be large, with 62,000 square feet of office space and 217,000 square feet of manufacturing, plant, and shipping space, and will have 900 employees when it’s completed. (News-Post)

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Developer details high-rise plans for La Madeleine property in downtown Bethesda

The developer looking to build a residential high-rise on the La Madeleine site in downtown Bethesda is poised to present updated project plans to a local design panel. If the project goes forward, the existing French bakery and café at 7607 Old Georgetown Road will make way for a 225-foot-tall structure containing about 200 multifamily dwelling units and 3,000 square feet of retail space. (Bethesda)

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Holly Poultry's rapid growth spurs giveaway of 160,000 pounds of chicken

Zachary Fine made a few promises when he opened Holly Poultry Inc.'s new processing plant nearly two years ago. He said he would grow the company's workforce, be customer-driven and give back to Baltimore. The CEO of the Baltimore processor and wholesale meat distributor appears to be making good on all three, especially the third, with a planned giveaway on Sept. 22 of 160,000 pounds of frozen chicken to churches and nonprofits to feed the hungry in Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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National Folk Festival gave boost to local business

The National Folk Festival was responsible for driving customers to local businesses this month, including a large bar crowd to The Brick Room, much to the delight of owner Alex Scott. Scott and other downtown Salisbury business owners reported strong sales during the festival weekend, but the Friday and Saturday rush slowed down on Sunday, when a steady rain kept the attendance numbers low. (Daily Times)

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Baked in Baltimore to open in former Goldman's Kosher Bakery site

A bakery business with Washington roots has acquired the former Goldman’s Kosher Bakery site in Northwest Baltimore. Baked in Baltimore will open Saturday at 6848 Reisterstown Road, where the 52-year-old, family-owned Goldman’s had operated since 1973 before closing in January. The new business, a black- and woman-owned retail and wholesale bakery, was co-founded by attorney and entrepreneur April N. Richardson, who grew up in Baltimore and also operates DC Sweet Potato Cakes. (Balt. Sun)

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September 19 // Greater Baltimore GDP grows slower than U.S. average for metro areas in 2017

Greater Baltimore's gross domestic product rose slower than the average for U.S. metropolitan areas in 2017, hampered by a decline in the transportation and construction sectors. The area's GDP increased 1 percent last year, compared with a 2.1 percent average across the country's 383 metros, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Tuesday. By comparison, the Baltimore-area GDP increased 2.6 percent in 2016. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Locust Point neighbors try to draw line at next 'looming' building, but project moves forward

There was Tide Point and Silo Point. Then McHenry Row and Anthem House. And Anthem House 2 and others. The neighbors who live in traditional rowhouses in Locust Point, a tight-knit neighborhood in South Baltimore, say they’ve seen a lot of development in the last 15 years or so and welcomed much of it despite more traffic and other inconveniences. But the proposed nine-story building with retail, offices and apartments on Key Highway between Woodall and Stevenson streets would be about four times the height of the homes surrounding it. It was just too much, prompting a not-in-my-backyard push by residents who said this is the first full-scale revolt against a developer that anyone could remember. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. firms struggle to find workers, but remain optimistic in Q2 business climate survey

Baltimore-area firms are increasingly optimistic about Maryland's business climate, even as executives at those companies note a skilled worker shortage, a quarterly sales dip and negative impacts from state taxes. The results come from the recently-revived Maryland Business Climate Survey, which looked at responses from senior executives at 250 Maryland businesses during the second quarter of 2018. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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