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  • COPT spearheads transformation of school playground serving many audiences

    COPT spearheads transformation of school playground serving many audiences

    When Steve Budorick of Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) toured the outdoor area surrounding Benjamin Franklin High School in Brooklyn, he immediately realized that the environment was not conducive to positive advancement and was in large part unusable and unsafe. Upon learning more about the composition of students at…

  • Maryland faces growing backlog of elevator inspections

    Maryland faces growing backlog of elevator inspections

    The number of elevators operating on expired certificates in Maryland is growing monthly due to recent legislation, a workforce shortage and increasing lead times for inspections. Officials from the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation outlined the problem during a recent legislative briefing. The backlogs are due…

  • Key indicators signal recession before July 2021

    Key indicators signal recession before July 2021

    Maryland is facing “an uncomfortably high risk of an economic slowdown if not a full-blown recession” before July 2021. That was the key warning that Moody’s Analytics Economist Dan White delivered to a session of the Senate Budget and Tax Committee this month. While Maryland’s economy hasn’t profoundly changed since…

  • Maryland legislators convene busy 2020 session

    Maryland legislators convene busy 2020 session

    Members of the Maryland General Assembly convened their 2020 session yesterday with new leadership, new political dynamics and a long roster of legislative issues on the agenda. The session opened with a historic change in leadership as new House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson were elevated…

  • NAIOP-MD members collaborate on pet project for Maryland SPCA

    NAIOP-MD members collaborate on pet project for Maryland SPCA

    NAIOP-MD members Merritt Construction Services and CB Flooring made a “fur-ever” impact on the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) facility in Hampden, with the recent completion of collaborated pet project that benefitted lives of both the two and four-legged variety. The effort represented the first…

  • Understanding Maryland’s carbon footprint

    Understanding Maryland’s carbon footprint

    The 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly is expected to feature multiple debates about how to address climate change by reducing Maryland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  So how much GHG does Maryland produce? According to the World Resources Institute Climate Data Explorer, Maryland generates 74.1 metric tons of carbon…

  • NAIOP Maryland Elects Officers And Board Of Directors For 2020

    NAIOP Maryland Elects Officers And Board Of Directors For 2020

    Bottom row (left to right): Morgan Gilligan, Stewart Title Guaranty Company; Christopher Nevin, First National Bank; Kate Jordan, Lee & Associates | Maryland; James Lighthizer, Chesapeake Real Estate Group; John Hermann, Corporate Office Properties Trust; Danielle Schline, Prologis, and Paul Giulio, Hill Management Services. Top row (left to right): Todd Summerfield, Liberty Property Trust; Richard Williamson; Scooter Monroe, Weller Development Company; Scott Wimbrow, The MacKenzie…

  • Education funding could spark hot debates in 2020

    Education funding could spark hot debates in 2020

    A $1.9 billion question is likely to dominate the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education – commonly known as the Kirwan Commission – was tasked in September 2016 to establish spending priorities and mandatory funding formulas for Maryland schools. Shortly…

  • Two counties enact tougher forest conservation requirements

    Two counties enact tougher forest conservation requirements

    Anne Arundel and Howard counties have approved significant revisions to their forest conservation requirements that will increase the amount of development sites dedicated to forest retention and planting; increase mitigation ratios for forest clearing; escalate in lieu fees; and require a finding of “unreasonable hardship” before approval of regulatory waivers.

  • Maryland moves closer to “Cap and Invest” plan to reduce vehicle emissions

    Maryland moves closer to “Cap and Invest” plan to reduce vehicle emissions

    State officials, tasked with lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from vehicles, are drafting a plan to impose a new fee on the sale of some transportation fuels. For several years, states from Maine to Virginia have been collaborating on a joint solution to reduce GHG emissions from automobiles, light trucks…