October 17 // More than 250,000 rides taken on Bird, Lime scooters in Baltimore, but other data not reported

People took more than a quarter of a million rides on the Bird and Lime scooters in the first month and a half of Baltimore’s pilot program, and between 800 and 1,400 scooters are on the streets each day, according to the city Department of Transportation. But the city, which touted agreements requiring Bird and Lime to distribute the scooters throughout the city, doesn’t know whether the companies are placing the requisite number of scooters in low-income neighborhoods. Or how many have been stolen, crashed or vandalized. (Balt. Sun)

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Commander: Fort Meade is an engine driving economic change in Maryland

“The mission overall is to provide defense for our nation, for our cyber networks.” Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Brian S. Cullen delivered that comment as Fort Meade and some of its major tenant organizations met with media outlets to discuss of Fort Meade’s economic impact on at the community and state levels. The media roundtable, conducted Oct. 3 at Pershing Hall, was a product of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Commission’s effort to highlight how the state and Anne Arundel County are impacted economically by Fort Meade and its employees. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland reaps benefits of a state-based health exchange

While other states grapple with the consequences of federal actions in the individual health insurance market, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange’s original decision to set up as a state-based exchange has left it with the resources to succeed, its executive director says. “The best thing the state did, in my opinion, was deciding to create a state-based exchange,” Michele Eberle, executive director of the health exchange, said in an interview Tuesday. “Because, it really has allowed us, we have been able to thrive when other states haven’t.” (Daily Record)

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TIF wage bill intended to cover East Baltimore redevelopment

Baltimore lawmakers are considering mandating that developers awarded public financing pay workers higher wages. Legislation introduced in the Baltimore City Council Monday requires developers receiving $10 million or more in tax increment financing, or TIF, pay prevailing wages to laborers  working on subsidized public infrastructure projects. (Daily Record)

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Montgomery council votes to cover wage increases for trash workers

The Montgomery County Council approved legislation Tuesday that would guarantee raises for contract workers who haul trash and recycling whenever there are pay increases for unionized county service employees. The labor-backed bill sparked concern about costs and competitiveness from the administration of outgoing County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), while supporters said it would avoid disruptive trash strikes and boost low-paid workers. (Wash. Post)

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Washington Co.'s 'Making Connections' campaign aims to join roadways, drive development

Dozens of local officials and members of the business community gathered Tuesday afternoon where the pavement ends on Crayton Boulevard north of Hagerstown. They were marking the start of a project to extend the roadway north to connect Maugans Avenue with Showalter Road and have access to Hagerstown Regional Airport. But there was a little more to it than that. The occasion also marked the kickoff of the county's "Making Connections Campaign," a four-pronged program of road construction projects through public-private partnerships that local leaders hope will spur development and economic growth. (Herald-Mail)

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Guinness' arrival translates to major brand partnership for Baltimore Beer Week

Since it opened two-and-a-half months ago in Baltimore County, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House has been churning out new beers to serve on tap alongside the brand's iconic stout. Beer drinkers will get three more this week as part of the brewery's participation in Baltimore Beer Week. Also on the roster of events are meet-and-greets, beer samplings, trivia and a history lecture. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Wilkens Beltway Plaza adding new building with more retail, including Dunkin' Donuts

Wilkens Beltway Plaza in Catonsville is adding a new building with six retail spots that includes space for a new Dunkin’ Donuts, developers announced. Kimco Realty, which owns the shopping center at the intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Maiden Choice Lane, is developing a single-story retail building with six units to replace a three-story office building, Tom Simmons, president of Kimco Realty’s Mid-Atlantic region, said last week. Kimco has owned the property since it was built in the early 1980s. (Balt. Sun)

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