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Three Months After Reform Announcement, Maryland Will Hire You — No College Degree Required

With record numbers of state jobs going unfilled since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland was in a bind. So, officials decided to eliminate the four-year degree requirement for thousands of those jobs—from parole agents to information technology specialists to nursing assistants—becoming the first state to do so. In the current tight labor market, Maryland is not the only state engaged in a desperate search for government employees. Unemployment remains low, and there are millions more job openings in both the public and private sectors than there are workers to fill them.

 

Baltimore-area Apple and Starbucks workers have led the way in nation and state forming unions. Now what?

Workers at the Apple store in Towson won national attention and praise from President Joe Biden after becoming the first of the tech giant’s U.S. employees to unionize. Less than two months earlier, Starbucks baristas in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood became the first of the coffee chain’s Maryland employees to organize. Now comes the hard part. While the workers are among those leading what union organizers see as a resurgence in the labor movement, most of these campaigns are in the early stages and labor experts warn that employees face difficulty ahead in a process tilted heavily in favor of employers.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Simulator Helps Researchers Envision Commercial Offshore Wind Farm In Maryland
It won’t be long before offshore wind is powering homes in Maryland, but with so few examples of completed wind farms in the United States, it’s hard to fully imagine what a completed project will look like. That’s why Ørsted, a Danish power company, and the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies in Linthicum Heights teamed up to create the Mid-Atlantic’s first offshore wind farm simulator, bringing these massive projects to life. “This is a brand-new industry here in the United States, said Brady Walker, Ørsted’s Head of Government Relations for Maryland and Delaware, “There is not a commercial-scale wind farm in operation here right now. “ 
Health care firm Aledade speeds up its national expansion after raising $123M

Aledade Inc. is hitting the gas on its national expansion, with plans to hire hundreds of new workers and open offices in multiple markets to support its growth. The Bethesda company — which helps independent physician practices implement care models that compensate them based on health results, rather than just fees for services rendered — said Monday it will initially open offices in New York, San Francisco and Durham, North Carolina, to go along with its local headquarters and the Austin, Texas, office it inherited when it acquired Iris Healthcare in January. The New York and San Francisco offices will support Aledade’s regional teams overseeing the company’s expansion in key markets.

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Black Women Build plans $6M project to transform Upton block into community hub

When she lived in Belgium in the early ‘90s, the European-style town squares struck Shelley Halstead, founder of construction company Black Women Build. Her experience living in the country inspired her to embark on a $6 million endeavor to rehabilitate three properties in her neighborhood to add a food hall, grocery store and art gallery, as well as other retail, housing and workspaces. Halstead, who also runs a for-profit, community-focused development company, believes her neighborhood deserves a safe and beautiful place to commune.

Women of Excellence: Introducing the BBJ’s 2022 honorees

It takes time, focus and dedication to become a CEO, president or business owner. But to be a leader is something else entirely. This rare trait — defined by the ability to not only set a path to future success, but also to inspire others to follow alongside you — is what the Baltimore Business Journal looked for in selecting our 2022 Women of Excellence honorees.

‘It’s time to think creatively:’ Prince George’s County seeks to boost buyer interest in Iverson Mall

Prospective bidders should think creatively and bring their checkbooks when Iverson Mall hits the auction block later this summer, according to Prince George’s County’s top economic development official. The county will look to minimize roadblocks and red tape for groups interested in injecting other uses into the suburban Maryland retail center at 3737 Branch Ave., per David Iannucci, CEO of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp.

Baltimore’s business leaders launch campaign to push for public transportation improvements

A group of Baltimore’s largest employers announced Monday that they’re starting a campaign to encourage Maryland’s elected officials to improve the city’s transportation system. The Greater Baltimore Committee is partnering with the Greater Washington Partnership, which represents business leaders from Baltimore to Richmond, Virginia, this election year to advocate for expanding the city’s transit services as a way to make the region a stronger economic competitor compared to others.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Maryland horsemen express anxieties over sweeping federal regulations set to take effect Friday

After decades of debate and calls for reform, the thoroughbred racing industry will be governed by uniform federal regulations starting Friday, a prospect that has inspired widespread worry among Maryland horsemen, who say the rules have been rushed into place and are full of logical inconsistencies. The state’s trainers and owners generally support consistent nationwide regulations, with prominent industry figures saying the effort is overdue and likely to improve public perceptions of racing. But the devil is in the details, they warn, and the start of the process is likely to be bumpy.

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How to Win the Hybrid Workforce Revolution

The most important work-related debate of our time is stuck on repeat. Many senior executives continue to believe that working from home is tantamount to pretending to work, with Elon Musk saying out loud what his more restrained colleagues say in private, while many remote-work enthusiasts continue to believe that they have an absolute right to work where they want to, the organization be damned. The result: a never-ending cycle of get-back-to-work memos, not-on-your-nelly responses and accumulating problems.

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