The Partnership office will be closed from 5pm December 21st until 9am January 2nd.
We wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!
Letter from the Executive Director
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be your new Executive Director! I appreciate all your well wishes that I received. Means a lot to me and to have a SOLD OUT breakfast with Comptroller Peter Franchot as my first breakfast was awesome!
In the spirit of giving is was a privilege to be able to donate 2 pairs of Southwest Airline roundtrip tickets along with a free of week of parking at Fast Park & Relax to 2 of our Military Service members through the local USO chapter.
And speaking of giving, we hope that you will consider being a sponsor of the BWI Business Partnership this year! Either as an Annual Sponsor, Signature Breakfast, Partnership or Second Cup sponsor. Please feel free to ask Cate or myself for more info.
We have several new and improved ways for you to be more involved with the Partnership in 2019! At the breakfast I mentioned about our new Transportation Think Tank (T3) with our first program on Jan 30th with Northeast Maglev as our speaker.
We have a new & improved Events & Programs Committee to include planning an Economic Development forum this fall! We have our energetic YPG continuing their roundtables and a behind the scenes tour & Happy Hour of our favorite airport at BWI in January/Feb. Lastly, if you aren’t a member you should be! Please contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may about joining the Partnership. And speaking of new members we’ll be rolling out a new membership referral program for any member that brings in a new member(s). You will be entered to win a fabulous prize! More to come at our Jan breakfast!
We at the Partnership would like to wish you and your families and very joyous holiday season and we’ll see you in the New Year!
Executive Director, BWI Business Partnership
The Partnership would not have accomplished all it has in its 30+ year history without the generous support of our sponsors. As we are in the midst of the season of giving, now is the perfect time to review the BWI Business Partnership sponsorship opportunities.
If your organization is interested in becoming or continuing to be a sponsor, please view the 2019 Sponsorship Package and/or contact Cate Paris or Gina Stewart for more information.
The Partnership’s Breakfasts have always been a great opportunity to network with the region's business and government leaders. Why not go the next step and help sponsor a Breakfast. Sponsorship is a great way to highlight your own organization to this influential and prominent group.
Upcoming Partnership Events
SAVE THE DATE!
March 15, 2019 – TBD
April 19, 2019
John Lenzini, VP of Frontside Operations, Maryland Jockey Club
The future of horse racing as it pertains to the location of Preakness (and the impact Laurel Park will have
on the region) and engaging younger generations
May 17, 2019
Jim White, Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration
Insight on the Port’s green initiatives, the record amount of cargo being brought in
and overcoming associated challenges, and port development and goals
June (TBD) 2019 – Annual Meeting
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Young Professionals Group Roundtable
January 4, 2019
February 1, 2019
March 1, 2019
April 5, 2019
May 3, 2019
June 7, 2019
8:30am to 9:30am
January 10, 2019
February 7, 2019
March 7, 2019
April 11, 2019
May 9, 2019
June 13, 2019
8:30am to 9:30am
Young Professionals Group Happy Hour
Capital Region Transportation Forum in DC
The Partnership attended the 2018 Capital Region Transportation Forum – Mobilizing for Action on Nov 27th. It was presented by the Washington Board of Trade and the Greater Washington Partnership in Partnership with the Greater Baltimore Committee and Chamber RVA.
The Capital Region Blueprint for Regional Mobility was unveiled as the bold approach to action looking at the Baltimore, Washington and Richmond’s transportation system. Four priorities for the region and 7 possible solutions are outlined in the document.
The topics of the forum included the State of the Region’s Transportation systems which included both the MD & VA Secretary of Transportation, and the District’s Director of Transportation, Integrating Mobility Operations, Multimodal Port Connectivity, Coordinating a Multi Jurisdiction Surface Transportation System and Integrating Innovation & Disruption for Consumer Benefit.
The Partnership is looking forward to continuing these discussions with the Greater Washington Partnership and the potential collaboration to benefit the entire Baltimore/Washington region.
International Industry Forum for the I-495 and I-270 Public-Private Partnership (P3) Program
December 13, 2018 -- The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) held an international industry forum for the I-495 and I-270 Public-Private Partnership (P3) Program on December 13, 2018 at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel in Linthicum Heights, MD.
The I-495 and I-270 P3 Program will include improvements for over 70 miles of I-495 and I-270 in Maryland. MDOT is currently considering delivering the P3 Program as a series of long-term design-build-finance-operate-maintain revenue risk concessions. Each concession would encompass a portion of the I-495 and I-270 P3 Program and be solicited in phases.
Partnership Executive Director Gina Stewart joined over 550 attendees at the International Industry Forum. The forum presentation included an overview of the I-495 and I-270 P3 Program, an update on the environmental process, an overview of the upcoming solicitation process for the first phase of the P3 Program, and discussion on opportunities for small, disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses.
A survey was conducted on 7,400 commuters to determine the impact on quality of life and economic costs of congestion when using the I-495 and I-270. The statistics show that addressing these issues is a high priority for 88% of the respondents, which has driven Maryland to embark on the largest P3 project around the globe, estimated at $9 Billion. The Partnership is poised to support the state in pursuing transformative & innovative proposals to solve our traffic congestion around I-495 and I-270!
MDOT/MTA MicroTransit Project
November 28-30 -- MDOT/MTA welcomed representatives from the Shared Use Mobility Center and the Federal Transit Administration and met with the Partnership as part of a grant-funded microtransit project. The group is actively meeting with stakeholders in the region to better determine the needs of employers, workforce, and tourists, and to implement more flexible, tech-enabled, shuttle-like services.
The group toured the region, making stops to interview stakeholders and conduct site visits between South Baltimore, BWI Thurgood Marshall, and Fort Meade. Winter 2018 will see surveys and public outreach, followed by the development of a business plan in the Spring 2019.
Howard Street Tunnel Expansion Back on Track with $91M Commitment from CSX
December 13, 2018 -- The Howard Street Tunnel expansion is back on track after the CSX Corporation reversed its decision to pull out of the project a year ago.
It was confirmed by the Maryland Delegation that CSX has now committed $91 million towards the project.
U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy Harris, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin, met Thursday at the U.S. Capitol with CSX CEO Jim Foote to discuss plans to replace the Howard Street Tunnel.
The project looked to be officially over after CSX withdrew its support, causing state officials to cancel a request for $155 million in federal money for the project.
Continued Success of County Connector Shuttle
The County Connector lis a free shuttle service for employees and job seekers funded by the Local Development Council of Anne Arundel County, and stops at the BWI Light Rail; BWI MARC/Amtrak Station; Arundel Mills/Live! Casino; Arundel Preserve; and Dorchester Woods.
Ridership has steadily grown since the shuttle's July 1 launch, with November seeing a monthly total of 7,496 riders.
The shuttle operates 365 days a year, 19 hours a day (14 hours on Sundays and Holidays). Riders can download an app that tracks the location of the shuttle on the route, estimates times of arrivals, and provides them with the means to send feedback to the Partnership. Issues or delays in service are effectively communicated through the app, and the Partnership will utilize the technology to identify the most heavily used stops needs of the workforce.
The County Connector street team is currently meeting with human resource managers in the area, educating employees, and exhibiting at job fairs. To arrange a meeting or for more information, please contact the BWI Business Partnership at 410.859.1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transportation Thursday Map
Be sure to visit the Partnership's website every Thursday for an interactive map detailing transportation & traffic news and updates!
Central business district property owners form new group in bid to boost occupancy
By Melody Simmons Reporter, Baltimore Business Journal
December 18, 2018 -- A group of property owners and stakeholders in Baltimore's central business district have formed an alliance in an effort to improve safety and image concerns as the commercial vacancy rate continues to tick up.
The group has named itself the Center City Coalition and it began to take shape about a month ago. Its members include developers, brokers and property owners of some of the largest office towers in the central business district and membership is growing by the week, a founder of the group said Monday.
"It’s largely crime based — that’s the largest concern," said Jeff Clary, a principal at Grander Capital Partners, which acquired office towers at 25 S. Charles St. and 120 E. Baltimore St. last year, and a founder of the CCC. "The central business district has seen the largest growth in the city, so with that we need to be focused on patrol and crime at the street level."
Fort Meade Holiday Travel Package
December 2018 -- The BWI Business Partnership collaborated with the USO-Metro, Southwest Airlines, and Fast Park & Relax to donate a travel package to two active duty families stationed at Fort George G. Meade. Each package included: 2 round-trip tickets PLUS a week of free parking.
Mike Gill to step down as Maryland's commerce secretary
By Holden Wilen Reporter, Baltimore Business Journal
December 17, 2018 -- Mike Gill, the popular secretary in charge of the Maryland Department of Commerce, will step down from his role at the beginning of 2019.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he will appoint Kelly M. Schulz, currently secretary of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, to fill Gill's role. James E. Rzepkowski, assistant secretary for the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, will serve as acting secretary of DLLR.
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Welcomes Frontier Airlines
December 18, 2018 -- New Airline for BWI Marshall Adds Service to Denver in March 2019
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport today welcomed the announcement that Frontier Airlines plans to start nonstop service to Denver, Colorado on March 14, 2019.
“We are pleased to welcome Frontier Airlines, which will provide new travel options and more low fares for our customers,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director of BWI Marshall Airport. “This new service is an excellent fit, as Frontier is a low-fare leader in the industry and
BWI Marshall Airport remains the low-cost gateway to Maryland and the entire National Capital region.”
Frontier will initially offer four weekly roundtrip flights between BWI Marshall Airport and Denver International Airport. The airline will operate the flights using its Airbus A320 aircraft.
Partners In Care Encourages Companies & Individuals to Take Advantage of Community Investment Tax Credits
Even with the best financial planning, any company or individual may owe Maryland taxes
Community Investment Tax Credits
Businesses and individuals that donate money, goods or real property worth $500 or more to a qualified organizations' Community Investment Program can earn tax credits equal to 50% of the value of the money, goods or real property contribution. These tax credits are in addition to the deductions on both Federal and State taxes as a result of the charitable contribution and the tax credits can be applied to future years’ tax liabilities for up to five years.
Individuals and businesses that make charitable contributions benefit by:
- Reducing their Maryland tax liability
- Helping a local nonprofit organization achieve an essential community goal
- Making a targeted community impact
- Improving community relations and increasing their visibility
Partners in Care Maryland is a 501(c)(3) community nonprofit providing supportive services to help older adults remain independent in their own homes. Call April or Ann 410-544-4800 to find out how you can earn Maryland tax credits.
Southwest Airlines named #10 on Glassdoor's best companies to work for in Greater Baltimore
Southwest (NYSE: LUV) employs over 4,800 people locally, according to Business Journal research. The largest carrier at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the area's 11th largest private-sector employer.
The airline was given 4.4 stars on the annual best places to work report, which identifies the 100 top-rated places to work in the U.S. based on employee feedback from Oct. 23, 2017, to Oct. 21, 2018. Among large companies, six on the list have a Greater Baltimore presence.
Partnership Foundation Update
Arts in the Armed Forces has forged a partnership with the installation’s Public Affairs Office, SIEGELLAW, and the BWI Business Partnership in order to bring its play reading series to Fort Meade from April 12-13, 2019.
An AITAF visit includes three major elements: at least one reading of a contemporary American play featuring professional,
recognizable actors; an in-depth Q&A with the actors post-performance, and the opportunity for the actors to train in the specialty of the
soldiers while on post. Each part of the experience encourages a true exchange between civilians and members of our armed forces.
The evening of the performance begins with introductions by both the installation and AITAF, followed by the reading of the play, and
then a Q&A with the cast that lasts anywhere between 30-60 minutes. At this particular post, veterans from the surrounding Baltimore
community will also be invited to experience the reading as well.
AITAF is committed to bringing arts programming of the highest quality, and to that end, sustains a level of artistic excellence and
quality through the work we choose and the artists we enlist to participate. All plays chosen reflect the mission of AITAF to present
contemporary American playwrights, but are specifically not military-themed. AITAF works with a casting agency to identify
recognizable, accomplished stage actors who volunteer their time to travel and perform in the readings; the past roster of actors
includes Laura Linney, Christian Slater, Taye Diggs, Jimmi Simpson, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Ruffalo, Keri Russell, and
AITAF programming accentuates the shared humanity of all Americans by using performance to unite artists and service members,
and to encourage dialogue. By offering this reading to the soldiers and veterans in the Ft. Meade area, AITAF aims to:
• Expose the Ft. Meade military community to American performing arts culture
• Bridge the Ft. Meade civilian/military divide by reading non-military themed, thought-provoking plays followed by a lively Q&A
• Arm our Ft. Meade audience with the powerful tool of language to express themselves
• Create an entertaining and stimulating performance that allows the Ft. Meade audience to feel a range of emotions
• Bring together the Ft. Meade military community in a relaxed and inclusive setting.
We are seeking sponsors at the levels below to underwrite the costs of the event. Please contact Cate at email@example.com or 410.859.1000 for more information.
African American Business Roundtable
Medieval Times "Knight Out"