Upcoming Events

Sep 17

Programs & Events Committee

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Sep 18

Young Professionals Group VIP Tour & Networking

Join the YPG for an exclusive tour of the NSA's National Cryptologic Museum

Sep 19

Membership Committee

Join other members of the Partnership as we facilitate meaningful strategic relationships throughout the region.

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Sep 25

T3 Series: Greg Slater, State Highway Administration

Insight into upcoming SHA projects and initiatives

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Oct 2

Economic Development Summit

Prominent economists, regional economic development leaders, and representatives from key Maryland industries will provide attendees with an economic overview and forecast of the BWI Region

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April 2019 Print

In Remembrance

On today, Sine Die, the last day of the Maryland General Assembly session, the Partnership pays its respects to Speaker Mike Buscher.

Speaker Busch, 72, died at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore on Sunday, April 7, after being hospitalized for pneumonia and a day after being placed on a ventilator.

The Baltimore-born Annapolis Democrat served as speaker for 16 years, rising to the position after first being elected to represent District 30 in 1987. In this role, Speaker Busch supported higher spending on education,  increased minimum wage, and was an advocate for environmental and healthcare issues.

Speaker Busch was beloved by many, and will be sorely missed.

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Upcoming Partnership Events

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June 12, 2019 -- Annual Meeting
Join as in the International Art Gallery at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for an evening of recognizing members, reflecting on the 2018-2019 Season, music and entertainment, food and beverages, and celebrating "Soaring to New Heights!"


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Transportation Think Tank (T3) Series


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Economic Development Summit

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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. We are calling for support in this endeavor:

The Program

An AITAF visit includes three major elements:
  • At least one reading of a contemporary American play featuring professional, recognizable actors (the past roster of actors includes Laura Linney, Christian Slater, Taye Diggs, Jimmi Simpson, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Ruffalo, Keri Russell, and others)
  • An in-depth Q&A with the actors post-performance
  • The opportunity for the actors to train in the specialty of the soldiers while on post
Click on the below video for an in-depth look into the project.
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.

The Objective

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.

Interested in being a Sponsor?

Contact AITAF Executive Director Lindsay Miserandino:

[email protected]

646-737-2137, ext 1002

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Young Professionals Group Roundtable


April 5, 2019

May 3, 2019

June 7, 2019


8:30am to 9:30am

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Membership Committee


May 9, 2019

June 13, 2019


8:30am to 9:30am

YPG NETorking event

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Member Referral Program

Every Quarter (March, June, , September, December), Partnership Members listed as a referring member on a new member's application will be entered into a drawing to win a Live! Night Out package!

Do you think youknow the perfect fit for the Partnership? Invite them to a Signature Breakfast! Or connect them with Membership Chair Gail Sanders or Director of Strategic Initiatives Cate Paris.

Live! Night Out Casino & Hotel Package

Overnight accommodations in a Deluxe King Room at Live! Hotel ($300 value)
Dinner for 2 at The Prime Rib ($150 value)
Breakfast for 2 at David’s ($50 value)
$15 Per Person Free Slot Play ($30 value)

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Member News

Fraport USA is expanding its executive team with the promotion of BrettBrett Kelly Kelly to the new role of senior vice president of operations, effective April 1, 2019. Since 2011, Mr. Kelly has served as vice president of the company’s Fraport Maryland group. In this position, he led the award-winning concessions program at Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – overseeing the leasing, construction, marketing and management of nearly 120,000 square-feet of concessions space. Read More

Daily Record names 2019's Influential Marylanders

Congratulations to Partnership members:

Kirby Fowler | Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.

John Shetrone | Vision Technologies, Inc.

Kelly Schulz | Maryland Department of Commerce

HMSHost Recognized as a Leader in Marketing and Social Media Innovation

BETHESDA, MD. (March 25, 2019) – Global restaurateur HMSHost was recognized as a leader in marketing and digital innovation after receiving top honors by The Moodies, as well as the Adrian Awards. Among the awards, HMSHost’s Eat Well. Travel Further., Food Fight for Veterans, and Channel Your Inner Chef campaigns and experiences were recognized. “While HMSHost is the industry leader in culinary innovation, we're also honored that our creative and authentic marketing efforts to enhance travelers’ experiences are recognized by these awards,” said HMSHost Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Yablun. “We’re grateful to our airport partners for joining with us to bring these unique and exciting experiences to travelers in only a way HMSHost can deliver.” 

Partnership to Present at SMART Airports & Regions Conference

Partnership Executive Director Gina Stewart and Founding Board Member Mitch Weber (Heffner & Weber) will both be presenting on panels at this year's SMART Airports & Regions Conference in El Paso, Texas.


University of Maryland among top U.S. public colleges in new ranking

The University of Maryland, College Park is among the top-rated public colleges in America, according to new nationwide rankings for 2019, compiled and released earlier this week by Buffalo Business First, a Business Journalsister publication.

The university ranked No. 13 out of several hundred colleges across the U.S., up one spot from a year ago.

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Member Events


Help transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses enter the workforce! The Howard County 2019 Year of the Veteran Celebration and Resource Fair in on April 8! Veteran Resource Fair


BWI’s Synergy career fair and business networking event is May 2, 2019 (7am-4pm) at the BWI Marriott Hotel. Learn about business opportunities with the Maryland Aviation Administration, along with employment opportunities at BWI Marshall Airport. Synergy Job Fair


Central Maryland Transportation Alliance (CMTA) is accepting applications for Transportation 101 workshops!  Participants of this 7-week class will meet to learn from local experts & leaders, meet other interested residents & ultimately put what they learn into action.


Escape the real world for a bit and enjoy a "knight" out at Medieval Times! Partnership members can take advantage of exclusive savings and discounts:

Meetings Matter Luncheon

Meetings Matter in Howard County is a free Expo and Luncheon for area businesses who hold meetings and events.

Join Visit Howard County in partnership with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and Howard County Economic Development Authority for Meetings Matter Expo & Luncheon and learn about incredible meeting venue offerings in Howard County plus realize the economic impact your meetings and events have on the local economy, community, and your business.

Meade High School Steel Drum Band Performance

On Wednesday, May 8th the celebrated Meade High Steel Drum band will be joined for one night only by professional steel drum artist Josanne Francis for a special guest concert. Tickets are available online now

Sales and Will Call will be open at the event starting at 4pm.

The dinner and VIP section both sold out early last year so get your tickets now so you won't be disappointed.

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Sponsorship Opportunities


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.

For more information, please contact Cate Paris or Gina Stewart.

Economic Development SPONSORSHIPS

The Partnership is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an Economic Development Summit on October 2nd, 2019! Sponsorship opportinities will allow you and your business to get in front of 200 of the regions most influential movers and shakers as they convene to hear from the heads of the State's Economic Development organizations and leaders of key industries in the region.

For more information, please contact Cate Paris or Gina Stewart.

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