Maryland Medicaid IT contract hiked by $5M

The state’s department of health is calling in backup to help keep an overhaul of its Medicaid IT system running smoothly. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in July received approval from the Board of Public Works to increase the project management contract for its Medicaid Management Information System by about $5 million, from $15.4 million to $20.5 million. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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If White Flint Mall gets overhaul, Bloomingdale's interested in coming back

National retailer Bloomingdale's is interested in reclaiming its status as an anchor tenant at the White Flint Mall if the aging indoor shopping mall gets converted into an open-air town center. That's the word from mall owner White Flint LP, which is planning to spend nearly $4 billion to turn the mall into a 5.2-million-square-foot mixed development with new shops, offices, restaurants and residential units. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Canadian clothier moves to downtown Annapolis

A Canadian clothier is setting up shop in downtown Annapolis, making this the company’s first full concept store in the country. Hatley - which sells family resort apparel - will be located at 158 Main St. (Capital)

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Fuel cell technology pioneered in Md. 

A collaborative effort between a private Maryland-based company and a University of Maryland researcher is working to develop fuel cells to provide electricity to businesses, homes and eventually automobiles at about one-tenth the cost and one-tenth the size of current commercial fuel cell systems. (Daily Record)

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Greysteel hires Heritage to market retail centers

Greysteel Co.’s Mid-Atlantic retail division has been tapped to represent owner Heritage Properties in finding buyers for 168,000 square feet of retail spread over three properties Heritage owns in Parkville and White Marsh. Greysteel will represent Heritage in finding buyers for Joppa-Perring Retail Center on East Joppa Road in Parkville and for a 117,354 square-foot building on Wholesale Club Drive in White Marsh where BJ’s Wholesale Club is the tenant. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Comcast offers low-income web access

Comcast Corp., a media and technology company, announced the start of the third year of its Internet Essentials program, which offers eligible low-income families across Maryland affordable Internet service and low-cost computers, as well as free digital literacy training and resources. (Daily Record)

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Hiring Set To Begin Soon For Maryland’s Fifth Casino

Construction on Maryland’s fifth casino is ahead of schedule and hiring is set to begin soon. This all comes as the state reveals how much cash casinos brought in last fiscal year.Casino is set to open in the spring or summer of next year. (WJZ-TV)

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Rental housing is getting more popular everywhere except White House

There's an incredible disconnect between cities and the federal government when it comes to rental housing. In Baltimore, as well as in other cities ranging from Detroit to San Francisco, rental units are driving real estate and economic development. About 2,000 rental units have been delivered across Greater Baltimore during each of the last four quarters, yet rental prices have held steady, according to MPF Research. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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