Under Armour hires former Black Diamond Equipment VP as new chief design officer

Under Armour has hired a former vice president of the climbing, skiing and mountain gear maker Black Diamond Equipment to serve as its new chief design officer. Kasey Jarvis will join the company in early April, according to Under Armour. Jarvis will replace Dave Dombrow, who recently left Under Armour for a second time since joining the company in 2010. In 2016, he departed briefly with the intention of going to Nike, but returned to the Baltimore-based apparel maker months later. Dombrow was behind the design of a number of the company’s sneaker lines, including NBA star Steph Curry’s signature shoe. (Balt. Sun)

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Two weeks left to nominate for the 2019 Tech 10 awards

Technology has become an integral part of every company — whether the business is tech-focused or not. As the tech community in Greater Baltimore continues to expand — from a planned cyber hub and a big IPO to a record year of funding — the Baltimore Business Journal is looking to honor the industry's best with its annual Tech 10 awards. The BBJ will recognize 10 professionals this summer who are making noteworthy contributions to Greater Baltimore’s tech community. You have until Friday, March 29 at midnight to submit your nomination. Click here to nominate. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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New Baltimore-based health initiative aims to close disparities in research, treatment of brain disorders

A Baltimore-based research institute that focuses on brain disorders has partnered with a prominent local African American clergy group to establish the nation’s first research outfit aimed at closing long-standing racial disparities in research and in treatment, the groups announced Monday. The Lieber Institute for Brain Development, an independent nonprofit institute in Baltimore, is working with the African-American Clergy Medical Research Initiative, which advocates for equitable funding and representation in research. (Balt. Sun)

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Dragos acquires Atlanta-based cyber firm NexDefense

Cybersecurity firm Dragos Inc. continues its rapid growth trajectory with the acquisition of Atlanta-based firm NexDefense. Seven-year-old NexDefense, which has developed security technology for industrial control systems (ICS) like critical gas and transportation operations, has been bought by Maryland's Dragos. Dragos also specializes in ICS security. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. NexDefense developed and sold a tool called Integrity, which allows industrial system operators to continuously monitor ICS assets and potential cyber risks that threaten their daily operation. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Barcoding Inc. marks first international expansion with Canadian offices

 

Baltimore-based Barcoding Inc. is growing its North American presence, with three new offices in Canada. The expansion to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver marks Barcoding's first outside of the U.S. Barcoding, headquartered in Canton, has offices in several U.S. cities including Chicago, Houston and Seattle. The 150-person company, founded in 1998, has about 70 workers based in Greater Baltimore. Shane Snyder, president of Barcoding, declined to disclose how many employees the company has in Canada. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Real estate investors expected to unlock trillions as feds finalize Opportunity Zone rules. Here's where the money will go in Md.

Washington's political rancor is rippling across the nation's real estate industry, as the recent federal shutdown has delayed a plan to unleash trillions in property investment in the country's biggest cities and most impoverished communities. Specifically, the delay has affected new rules for investing in so-called Opportunity Zones, and in the process has prevented many investors from exploiting one of program’s key benefits: the ability to sell long-held properties, more or less tax free. The potential payoff, which limits capital gains taxes on investment gains that are then reinvested in Opportunity Zones, stems from a little-known provision in the federal tax code changes passed by Congress in 2017. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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BWI, Frontier Airlines Begin New Partnership

BWI launched its new partnership with Frontier Airlines Friday. To celebrate the new partnership, Frontier Airlines is offering flights with fares as low as $49. The services will include BWI to/from Denver and BWI to/ from Orlando. The services to Denver have already started, but the services to Orlando will begin April 11. Frontier Airlines released a statement with its new partnership with BWI: “We are excited to be starting service and proud to bring our unique brand of Low Fares Done Right to BWI,” said Jonathan Freed, Director of Corporate Communications for Frontier Airlines. (WJZ-TV)

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Charm City Circulator's new operator has not trained all drivers, faces persistent bus shortage

The Charm City Circulator’s new operator has not yet trained all its drivers as required and has hired another shuttle company to run one of the four routes because of a persistent shortage of buses, city and company officials confirmed in response to an inquiry by The Baltimore Sun. The city hired RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, a Rockville-based limousine and coach bus company, in October to take over the system under an emergency contract after suing the previous operator, alleging over-billing. Baltimore has since extended that contract and paid the company $3.4 million. (Balt. Sun)

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