Adventist HealthCare tries White Oak move again

Adventist HealthCare's second attempt to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital to White Oak will cost $339 million, downsized from a previous $398 million plan blocked by regulators last year for being too costly. The new Washington Adventist Hospital, if approved this time, would hold 201 beds instead of the 249 first proposed. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Under Armour director Piper to step down

Under Armour Inc. board member Brenda Piper will resign Nov. 1, the Baltimore-based sports apparel maker said Tuesday. Piper, a Turner Broadcasting System executive who has served on Under Armour's board since July 2012, is stepping down for personal reasons, Under Armour said Tuesday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. (Balt. Sun)

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The JBG Cos. seeking buyers for FDA-leased buildings in Rockville

For all the dysfunction in Washington these days, are investors still interested in snapping up real estate leased to the federal government? That's a question The JBG Cos. is seeking to answer in suburban Maryland. JBG has retained Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP to seek buyers for a pair of buildings in Rockville that are fully leased to the Food and Drug Administration, which is locked into leases for much of the next decade. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Washington Co. Economic Development Commission renamed; search is on for director

As part of a broad reorganization of some upper-level positions, the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the creation of a county Department of Business Development. The unanimous vote essentially renames what had been the county staff working with the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission board of directors, according to a county news release. The county will advertise for a director for the new department. (Herald-Mail)

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Meritus Health plans to build wellness center near hospital

Meritus Health plans to build a wellness center near Meritus Medical Center to improve patient health through intervention and assessment, the company’s top executive said Tuesday. “The goal here is to get people engaged in their health management and chronic disease management in a way that left on their own they just simply won’t embrace. It is just too overwhelming for them,” said Joseph P. Ross, president and chief executive officer of Meritus Health, the parent company of the hospital. (Herald-Mail)

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Gaithersburg city staff discuss redevelopment with Lakeforest mall owners

Lakeforest mall in Gaithersburg could be on its way to redevelopment after the retail center’s owners announced that they met with city staff to begin discussing long-term ideas. Five Mile Capital Partners LLC, which owns the mall, met with Gaithersburg staff along with Hines, an international real estate firm, to talk about possible plans for operation, improvement and redevelopment. (Gazette)

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Oct. 8 // State workers busy - processing federal workers' unemployment claims

Furloughed federal workers have filed more than 16,000 unemployment insurance applications — more than four times the number typically received from that sector in a year. While idled federal workers are eligible to collect unemployment benefits, they will have to repay the money if, as is expected, they receive back pay after the shutdown ends, said Maureen O'Connor, spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The House unanimously passed legislation over the weekend to provide back pay to furloughed employees once the government reopens, and the Senate is likely to take that measure up in coming days. (Balt. Sun)

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September revenue for Maryland casinos reaches $65.3 million

Maryland's four casinos pulled in $65.3 million in revenue for September, a drop from $71 million the month before, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Monday. Two of Maryland casinos — Casino at Ocean Downs and Rocky Gap Casino Resort — are in resort areas, which tend to be busier in the summer months, so a decline from August is not surprising, said James Karmel, a casino analyst and history professor at Harford Community College. (Balt. Sun)

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