Amazon's HQ2 promises huge benefits. But as Baltimore can tell you, it won't come cheap

The prospect of landing Amazon.com's second North America headquarters has public officials and economic development experts salivating at the chance to land what is being billed as a $5 billion, 50,000-job investment to their hometown. But as the Oct. 19 bidding deadline fast approaches, cities also are grappling with a sobering reality: HQ2 is going to be an expensive proposition. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Job fair attracts more than 500

More than 500 job seekers attended one of the largest job fairs in Allegany County history on Thursday, at least a hundred more attendees than the previous year.  "I think it was a great day," said Kathy Diehl, coordinator for Professional Development and Continuing Education & Workforce Development at Allegany College of Maryland. "It's better than last year." (Times-News)

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October 12 // Real estate professionals take project tour of the Merriweather District

More than 100 members of the Building Congress & Exchange and NAIOP Maryland gathered for a project tour of The Merriweather District in downtown Columbia recently. Greg Fitchitt, Senior Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation and Ian Kennedy, Executive Director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission addressed the crowd with updates on various projects underway including the renovation of the Merriweather Post Pavilion. (citybizlist)

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Northeast Maglev pitches five-minute trip from BWI to downtown as Amazon incentive

A five-minute maglev trip between downtown Baltimore and BWI Marshall Airport could give the city a major boost in the competition for Amazon’s second North American headquarters, a Northeast Maglev official said Wednesday. It’s a new pitch for the proposed $10 billion-12 billion high-speed rail project, which promises to shorten the trip between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes — and, eventually, connect D.C. and New York in an hour. “We are included in part of the effort to bring Amazon to the city, both all the workers and all the benefits that that entails,” said Jeff Hirschberg, vice chairman of The Northeast Maglev. (Balt. Sun)

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Case that could disrupt Maryland medical marijuana industry will go to trial

A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday that a case that could disrupt Maryland's fledgling medical marijuana industry should proceed to trial. Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams said a trial should determine whether state regulators acted outside the law when they chose which companies won lucrative licenses to grow the drug. Williams dismissed the arguments of state lawyers, who wanted the case thrown out. If the court finds that the licenses were awarded improperly, he said, it has the power to order the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to remedy the situation. (Balt. Sun)

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Timonium, UMBC manufacturing firms net $100K loans from Baltimore County

Two small manufacturing businesses are among the latest recipients of loans from a Baltimore County fund designed for entrepreneurs. County officials said Tuesday that Mobtown Fermentation and Grip Boost each received $100,000 from the Boost Fund, which is administered by the county’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development. Mobtown Fermentation brews kombucha, a fermented drink, in Timonium. The company used the loan to transition from hand bottling to automated bottling to keep up with demand, county officials said. (Balt. Sun)

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Who earns the biggest Maryland paychecks? Check out our 2017 searchable database

The largest state salaries in the Old Line State in 2017 are found at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the UMd. School of Medicine. That's according to data provided by Maryland's Central Payroll Bureau and compiled by the Washington Business Journal. Dr. Sunjay Kaushal, director of pediatric and adult congenital surgery at University of Maryland Medical Center, brings home an approximate annual salary of $900,000 — the largest on the state payroll. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Chamber president talks college, building business and bettering Towson

Eight years ago, Tim Bojanowski, a Towson High School graduate, was pushing a mop, cleaning the floor at a local restaurant where he worked as a bartender. Feeling sorry for himself, he called an uncle one day to voice his frustrations over working a job he said he believed was beneath him. The then-Towson resident had been admitted to the University of Maryland during the previous year, and attended as a freshman, but a miscommunication with the financial aid office the summer before his sophomore year meant he would not be receiving the money he needed to return to school, he said. (Balt. Sun)

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