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  • General Assembly enters final days of session with major issues still pending

    General Assembly enters final days of session with major issues still pending

    The Maryland General Assembly is winding down its 2024 session with major issues related to the Port of Baltimore and Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse as well as the state budget still pending.  Legislation quickly introduced March 27 would authorize the Governor to use the state’s rainy day fund…

  • Porous pavement enables high-density projects

    Porous pavement enables high-density projects

    When Greenberg Gibbons opted to install 13 acres of porous pavement at Foundry Row, the developer knew it would realize benefits from the investment. The porous surface would qualify as stormwater management capacity, drop the need for bio-retention ponds and enable Greenberg Gibbons to boost the amount of commercial, retail…

  • College and companies strive to train more skilled trades workers

    College and companies strive to train more skilled trades workers

    As the largest general contracting firm headquartered in Howard County, Harkins Builders, Inc. is keenly aware of the critical importance of recruiting talented and energetic young people into the construction industry. And it is the reason why, for more than 30 years, the Columbia-based group has been supporting Howard Community…

  • Coalition argues tax cuts could expand  investment in Baltimore

    Coalition argues tax cuts could expand investment in Baltimore

    Renew Baltimore – a coalition of economists, real estate professionals, faith-based leaders, former politicians and others – is working to put a tax proposal on the November ballot which they say is key to attracting investment and residents back to Baltimore City. The ballot question would ask voters to support…

  • Industry Roundtable: Restaurants

    Industry Roundtable: Restaurants

    The National Restaurant Association projects restaurant sales to pass $1 trillion for the first time in history, with the sector expected to add 200,000 jobs this year to increase total employment to nearly 16 million people. Arsh Mirmiran, Partner, Caves Valley Partners; Andrew Segall, Principal, Segall Group and Alex Smith,…

  • Companies launch training programs to grow the talent pipeline

    Companies launch training programs to grow the talent pipeline

    An unexpected call from Ed St. John saddled Tom Pilon with a talent-development challenge. It was a Thursday afternoon in spring 2020. St. John announced that he had hired an intern for Pilon and the young man would be starting work come Monday morning. Katrina Trintis, a St.

  • New visions of home: Maryland weighs options to ease the housing shortage

    New visions of home: Maryland weighs options to ease the housing shortage

    In the span of just four months, representatives of MCB Real Estate marked milestones in two, dramatically different residential developments. On a former brownfield site in Greektown, MCB held a ribbon cutting ceremony in October for The Lofts at Yard 56 — 227 luxury apartments in a building with…

  • Brownfields grant aims to spur economic development

    Brownfields grant aims to spur economic development

    A joint effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) and Baltimore County is offering free environmental site assessments (ESAs), technical advisory services and access to other grants and tax incentives to property owners looking to remediate and redevelop brownfields. The effort to spur environmental…

  • State issues recommendations for electrifying buildings

    State issues recommendations for electrifying buildings

    After some delay, the Maryland Codes Administration (MCA) has issued a report on the technologies, timing, and policies necessary to electrify the building sector. Contrary to the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Building Energy Performance Standard, which would mandate an abrupt and arbitrary energy transition, the MCA’s report sets out…

  • Not your grandfather’s parking garage

    Not your grandfather’s parking garage

    Parking garage technology at Parkway Corporation’s Lockwood Garage at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. When UBER founder Travis Kalanick announced years ago that “with the growing popularity of ride sharing apps and self-driving cars, there won’t be the need for parking lots in the future,” the entire…