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Gov. Moore taps Netflix executive to lead new economic council

Signing an executive order in the offices of a Maryland-based digital services company, Gov. Wes Moore created a council Thursday to track economic trends and shape state economic development strategy. He tapped a leader of streaming service giant Netflix to lead it. The Maryland Economic Council will include several state agency heads who will serve under the leadership of Will Castleberry, director of state regulatory and production policy at Netflix.

Dangerous air quality sends some Baltimore businesses indoors

The thick haze outdoors is having more than a health impact on Greater Baltimore. It’s the talk of the town — and yet another impediment to business as usual. Business owners, event planners and restaurant managers are cutting back on outdoor options, scrutinizing how to proceed as the smoke from Canadian wildfires has laid a blanket over the blue springtime skies with a whiplash of Code Red — and then Code Purple — health threats issued Thursday.

Developers secure $275M for first phase of Pr. George’s massive National Capital Business Park

A development duo has secured $275 million of construction debt and equity for the first phase of National Capital Business Park, a big new logistics park in Prince George’s County. The envisioned sprawl of Class A industrial buildings, aimed at e-commerce, last-mile delivery, distribution, data centers, light manufacturing, cold storage and the like, represents a joint venture between Manekin LLC and Turnbridge Equities.

TEDCO signs agreement with National Cancer Institute Technology Transfer Center

Mayor Brandon Scott announced on Thursday that current Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison will step down from his role and city leaders have responded. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Ivan Bates: “Working with Commissioner Harrison over the past several months was my pleasure, and I wish him well in his future endeavors. I have deeply appreciated his partnership as we worked together to launch the citation docket program and restore accountability to the city we love.

 

CIAA basketball tournaments extend run in Baltimore until 2026

The economic impact of this year’s CIAA Basketball Tournament increased by more than 50% compared to last year, a figure that helped persuade conference officials to extend the tournament’s run in Baltimore until 2026. More than 38,000 fans flocked to downtown Baltimore over five days in February to watch the 2023 CIAA tournament at a partially completed CFG Bank Arena.

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Baltimore will have new rules and fees for outdoor dining this summer

Even without the need for six feet of social distance, outdoor dining, and its power to brighten the streetscape, is in Baltimore to stay. The latest initiative for permanent outdoor dining “parklets” — restaurant seating areas in public right-of-way spaces — was approved by the city’s Board of Estimates on Wednesday, establishing safety rules for seating structures and a fee system that will charge restaurants in affluent areas more per square foot.

UMd. to start construction on $52M basketball facility after scaling back plans

The University of Maryland, College Park will start construction in July on a new $52 million facility for its basketball teams after four years of fundraising. The 44,000-square-foot Barry P. Gossett Basketball Performance Center will serve as a practice space for the Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams. The athletic department has long sought a basketball practice space to compete with other athletic programs and attract top basketball talent.

The ‘Madden 24’ teaser wasn’t kind to Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen. He took notice.

The release of the new “Madden” cover athlete every summer is a joyous day on the football calendar, for players and fans alike. For Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen, it was one to forget. On Wednesday, EA Sports announced that Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will grace the cover of “Madden NFL 24″ when it’s released Aug. 18, joining Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson as stars to receive the honor in recent years.

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HQ2’s second phase expected to break ground in 2024, Amazon says

The first phase of Amazon’s heralded HQ2, Metropolitan Park, which is now officially opening its doors, is a noteworthy milestone in its own right. But that opening represents only the lesser tip of the total HQ2 iceberg. Met Park has two 22-story towers that together weigh in at some 2.1 million square feet. PenPlace, HQ2’s second phase that promises to be even bigger, has been paused for the past few months as Amazon.com Inc. evaluates its needs and next steps — but, apparently, not for much longer.

Amtrak Vermonter stop at the Montpelier, Vermont station.
Amtrak applies for $7.3B to improve Frederick Douglass Tunnel, Baltimore Penn Station

Amtrak has submitted applications for nearly $7.3 billion in Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) funding for 14 proposed Northeast Corridor (NEC) projects to modernize critical infrastructure, including Frederick Douglass Tunnel replacement program and master plan improvements to Baltimore Penn Station. At nearly 150 years old, the B&P Tunnel dates from the Civil War era.

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