October 13 // Maryland pledges 'biggest incentive offer in the state's history' to lure Amazon HQ2

Top state officials are preparing to offer Amazon.com a massive, historic tax incentive package if the retailer moves its second headquarters to Maryland. "It will be the biggest incentive offer in the state's history by a mile," said Douglass Mayer, spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, who declined to reveal details of the incentive package, citing competition from other states. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland to open new trade office in England

Maryland is opening a new international office in the United Kingdom, as the state aims to grow its international economic footprint. The office will be funded by the Maryland Department of Commerce through a grant to iCyberCenter@bwtech, an initiative focused on drawing foreign cyber firms to expand their businesses locally. One of the ways the state is looking to grow economically is through engaging U.K. cybersecurity companies — and ultimately those from other countries as well — to help bolster Maryland’s cyber sector. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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State moves to allow increased imports of egg-bearing female crabs, worrying some crabbers

Responding to pleas from Maryland crab processors suffering from a depressed harvest this year, a state advisory group is proposing to relax a regulation that could allow importing nearly twice as many egg-bearing female crabs for crabmeat. But some Maryland crabbers object, warning that the move would undercut their income and endanger the future of the entire Chesapeake Bay fishery. (Bay Journal)

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Designs for retail 'bump out' at 300 W. Pratt St. are nixed

Preliminary designs for a glass-cube 'bump out' on Pratt Street were rejected by a city design panel Thursday because they were deemed too fussy. The plans to expand 300 W. Pratt St. by up to 3,875 square feet showed two varying transparent cubes and a shady plaza in front of Chipolte. But the Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel members told architect Peter Fillat to revise and return with a simpler solution to altering the existing office and restaurant space on the busy block. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Orioles ratings still among best in MLB, despite sharp drop-off

Although the Orioles' in-person attendance was among the worst in the league this season, fans still seemed to be tuning in from home. New data analyzed by the Sports Business Journal, a sister publication of the BBJ, shows that the O's average nightly rating on MASN was 5.18, the fifth best ratings in the league. However, that number was down 24 percent from last year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Amazon looks to hire 3,000 seasonal employees in Maryland

With the holiday season fast approaching, Amazon.com Inc. is again recruiting seasonal employees to help with picking, packing and shipping. This year, the online retailer plans to hire 120,000 holiday workers across the United States, including 3,000 in Maryland. That's on par with last year's holiday hiring numbers, nationally and at the local level. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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The Book Thing reopens Saturday

The smell of lumber fills the warehouse of The Book Thing in North Baltimore. Stacks of boxes filled with book are waiting to be stocked on the shelves. It's just days away from the reopening of The Book Thing and executive director Russell Wattenberg says he doesn't have time to think about how he will feel on that day. "It doesn't exist until it happens," he said. (WMAR-TV)

 

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Maryland Theatre expansion cleared by the Hagerstown's historic review board

The design of the proposed $13 million expansion of The Maryland Theatre received its final approval from the city, and now just needs to work out a few kinks before the project can move forward. The Hagerstown Historic District Commission approved the design of the 30,000-square-foot expansion during its meeting Thursday, subject to resolving a small issue with the building next door — the First Hose Co. of Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail)

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