Farm annexation could pave way for industrial development in Frederick

At the cost of upsetting a few residential neighbors, a few hundred acres of vacant farmland along Gas House Pike is moving closer to gaining an industrial tenant. After nearly three hours of discussion and deliberation Monday, city planning commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of making a positive recommendation to the Board of Aldermen to annex into the city limits the roughly 387 acres on the north and south sides of Gas House Pike east of Riverside Corporate Park. (News-Post)

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Baltimore’s Amazon fulfillment center goes solar

Amazon grew into a retail powerhouse by harnessing technology. Now it’s using technology to create power, literally. Baltimore is among the first of Amazon’s fulfillment centers to go solar. Retail on a massive scale takes a lot of electricity to keep moving and Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center is a million square feet. The building’s roof is big enough to hold thousands of solar panels. “Each panel generates 320 watts of energy,” says Tom Chandlee, Amazon renewable energy manager. “We have more than 6,000 of them, so that totals up to just under 2 million watts, or two megawatts of power this can generate when the sun is at its peak.” (CBS)

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Anthem House in Locust Point is the newest water taxi stop

The expansion of the water taxi under Kevin Plank is continuing with the addition of another stop — this time involving his brother. Anthem House, a new apartment complex in Locust Point, now has its own water taxi stop. The project is being co-developed by Scott Plank's War Horse Cities, the Bozzuto Group and Solstice Partners. Scott Plank is the brother of Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour and owner of Sagamore Ventures LLC. Sagamore Ventures purchased the water taxi in August. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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St. Charles County power generation facility goes online

Competitive Power Ventures hosted Gov. Larry Hogan, the Japanese ambassador to the U.S. and a number of elected officials  for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday marking a new electric power generation facility which came online in Waldorf. (Daily Record)

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Avenue Kitchen & Bar opening in former Le Garage space

Two Baltimore restaurateurs are teaming up on a new American restaurant where Le Garage previously stood in Hampden. Bill Irvin, who opened La Folie Steak Frites & Wine Bar in Canton last year, and Patrick Dalhgren, who owns Rowhouse Grille in Federal Hill, bought the business at 911 W. 36th St., where they’re preparing to open the Avenue Kitchen & Bar. Le Garage closed in April after three years in business on the Avenue. The owners planned to rebrand the restaurant, but ultimately sold it to Irvin and Dahlgren. (Balt. Sun)

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Billionaire investor says Under Armour still has 'big opportunity'

A major Under Armour Inc. shareholder said he does not think the sportswear maker will be a "near-term performer" and that CEO Kevin Plank has "missed the point a little bit," but the company still has a "big opportunity" for long-term success. Ronald S. Baron, a billionaire investor who runs New York-based Baron Capital, said in a CNBC interview Tuesday he sold 10 percent to 15 percent of his stock in Baltimore-based Under Armour "two or three years ago" before the company's stock price started plummeting. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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June 13 // Joe Sullivan, Kevin Plank among 150 CEOs pledging to improve workplace diversity and inclusion

Legg Mason Inc. CEO Joseph A. Sullivan and Under Armour Inc. CEO Kevin Plank are among the Greater Baltimore business leaders that have joined an initiative signed onto by more than 150 CEOs nationwide to promote workplace diversity and inclusion. The CEOs who signed onto the commitment, formed by a steering committee led by PwC U.S. Chairman Tim Ryan, are agreeing to take steps to create environments where diverse experiences and perspectives are welcomed, and where employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore health department offers firms a wellness designation

The Baltimore City Health Department has launched a new program aimed at encouraging local companies to provide healthier work environments by offering them a Workplace Wellness designation. Company leaders can use a questionnaire adapted from a scorecard generated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help them identify priorities, or gaps, in their health promotion programs in nutrition, physical fitness and emotional health. (Balt. Sun)

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