McLean’s Logi Analytics to acquire a competitor

If you can’t beat them, buy them. McLean-based analytics platform Logi Analytics is set to acquire competitor Jinfonet Software, a provider of operational reporting analytics. The acquisition consolidates two of the top platforms for embedded analytics — it comes three months after Logi and Jinfonet tied for the No. 1 rating for embedded analytics by Dresner Advisory Services. Logi, founded in 2001, makes software that embeds analytics dashboards in 1,900 enterprise applications, for industries including telecom, health care, sales and insurance. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Weller to Amazon: Port Covington is ready, willing and able for HQ2

Never say never. That is the sentiment of developer Marc Weller in a renewed push for Amazon.com to reconsider its HQ2 at Port Covington. The hope of landing Amazon's second North American headquarters — and the promise of thousands of new jobs — is back in focus following reports that the online retail giant is reconsidering its selection of Long Island City, New York, for new offices amid local opposition. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Bank of America Chief HR Officer Sheri Bronstein: “Why we need to have a broader conversation about mental wellness and inclusion”

With a company as large as Bank of America, we know that whenever we launch a program or benefit, it has ripple effects both within and outside our company. A good example would be when we expanded our parental leave from 12 weeks to 16 weeks fully paid time off. When we did that back in 2016, we saw that many companies followed suit and made changes to their parental leave programs. That’s not to say those other companies reacted to what we did, but perhaps we helped create a wave of support for parents across the U.S. (Thrive Global)

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While touting impact of Md. alcohol, tobacco taxes, advocates defer on increases

Increases in taxes on alcohol and tobacco in the last decade are driving down teen smoking and drinking and other adverse health effects, a new report finds. Supporters of those taxes told a Senate subcommittee that while more could be done and while higher taxes would likely increase those benefits, they are not asking for additional tax increases. “Our plate is full,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative. (Daily Record)

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Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay adds amenities as it struggles to pay debt service, woo visitors

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort is sprucing up its spa, golf course and other amenities as the tourist season approaches. The Eastern Shore hotel announced enhancements to its lounge, spa, pool area and more as it works to attract visitors, particularly outside of peak vacation times. The resort has struggled to woo guests in the colder months, one of the reasons it has not made enough money to pay off its debt service since 2014, according to a recent state report. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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T. Rowe Price reduces stake in Tesla by 48 percent

T. Rowe Price Group Inc. funds almost halved their stake in Tesla Inc. in the fourth quarter, according to a federal filing Monday. Mutual funds managed by Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price own almost 9 million Tesla shares as of Dec. 31 and have a 5.2 percent stake in the company, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. T. Rowe Price's holding in Tesla is down 48 percent from 17.4 million shares and a 10.2 percent stake at the end of the third quarter. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Nonprofit aims to help Hagerstown 'Rise Up' through work

Some church leaders and contractors are teaming up to help people change their lives. The new nonprofit is called Rise Up Hagerstown. The idea is to provide second-chance career training for men and women who have struggled with addiction, survived an abusive relationship or been incarcerated. To do that, the group will work with the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Cumberland Valley Chapter, which provides training in construction trades. "Good people make mistakes. Good people have addictions. No one is a throwaway," said Rob Apgar-Taylor, president of Rise Up Hagerstown and a pastor in the United Church of Christ. (Herald-Mail)

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Buchanan Partners plans 'Quartz District' for 145 untouched acres in Woodbridge

Gaithersburg-based Buchanan Partners is planning to transform 145 undeveloped acres in Woodbridge into a walkable mixed-use development. If built, the "Quartz District" project would add to Buchanan's growing portfolio in Prince William County and the city of Manassas, where the firm has developed more than 1 million square feet of retail and commercial over the past 20 years. The Quartz District is planned for the prominent intersection of Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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