Board Of Public Works Approves $5.5 Million Contract For Runway Improvements At BWI

The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved a $5.5 million contract for runway improvements at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The board voted without discussion to approve a $5.5 million contract for one of many runway improvements BWI is making to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements by the end of 2015. The requirements are intended to help minimize risk to aircraft and passengers from flights that undershoot, overrun, or veer off a runway. (Capital)

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New York EdTech Startup Leaving New York For Baltimore

Citelighter is ditching the Big Apple and moving to Charm City, drawn here by Baltimore’s growing cluster of education technology companies. The company also plans to raise as much as $6 million, partially from local funding sources. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Tech Firm Moving To bwtech@UMC After 29 Years In Prince George’s

A 31-year-old Prince George’s County tech company is moving to bwtech@UMBC, the incubator at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Potomac Photonics focuses on digital manufacturing and it provides its customers with small hole drilling, laser micromachining, 3D printing and micromarking. The company started in Alexandria, Va., and relocated to Prince George's County in 1984. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland Live Casino Settles With 3 Over Unpaid Wages

Maryland Live Casino decided to fold ’em rather than hold ’em this week when it settled a case with three former employees seeking unpaid wages. Three women claimed PPE Casino Resorts Maryland LLC, the Baltimore company that owns the Hanover casino, owed them overtime wages. (Daily Record)

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Nov. 20 // Maryland struggling with technological problems with online insurance exchange

Maryland is wrestling with stubborn technological problems with its online insurance exchange, posting weak enrollment even as other states have signed up thousands of consumers for plans under President Obama’s new health-care law. In October, the exchange’s first full month of operation, 1,278 people signed up for the private plans, and 465 signed up in the first week of November. Those low numbers raise questions about whether Maryland will achieve its enrollment target of 150,000 by the end of March. (Wash. Post)

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Md. Insurers may renew non-compliant plans 

Some of the 73,000 Marylanders who received health insurance cancellation notices might be able to keep those plans through the end of 2014 after all, according to a bulletin released Tuesday evening by the Maryland Insurance Administration. Whether or not people can keep plans that don’t meet minimum federal standards established under the Affordable Care Act depends on whether their insurance carrier decides to offer customers the option to renew early. The MIA clarified Tuesday that insurers are, in fact, allowed to offer an early renewal option under Maryland law but are not required to do so. (Daily Record)

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Orbitz settles tax dispute with counties

Hotel-booking website Orbitz has reached a confidential settlement with Baltimore and Montgomery counties over claims it improperly avoided paying some taxes, according to court records and the company's attorney. The deal dismisses Orbitz from a sprawling tax case in which the two counties and Baltimore City targeted a long list of online booking companies for more tax revenue in U.S. District Court. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland to weigh 300-room East Campus hotel that would be developed by David Hillman

The University of Maryland is close to a deal that could bring a 300-room hotel to its East Campus, a redevelopment prospect university officials have been trying to get moving since before the recession. The finance committee for the University System of Maryland Board of Regents is slated to meet Thursday to consider letting the university sell a 3-acre portion of East Campus to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Inc. The foundation would then strike a deal with David Hillman, CEO of Vienna-based Southern Management Corp., to build the new hotel. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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