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Why Baltimore

Thursday, 10:04 am

Why Baltimore is a series of conversations with local business and community leaders about Baltimore’s distinct standing among other markets. Learn how Baltimore ranks against other markets in various industries and economic indicators, and the reasons why local leaders choose to invest in the region.

Why Baltimore is hosted by Shannon Landwehr, President & CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore is a not-for-profit economic development organization led by a partnership of regional business executives, elected government officials and leaders from higher education focused on fostering business retention and development, job creation, workforce development and new investment throughout the Greater Baltimore region.  For more information, www.greaterbaltimore.org

 

Joining us today is Calvin Butler, CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE.) He shares how BGE's Smart Energy Workforce Development Program is preparing the energy industry's future workforce. Butler was just honored with the Industrialist of the Year award last week, and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore was just recognized this morning for its partnership with BGE and for its commitment to the region.

This episode originally aired on Oct. 13, 2016.

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger tells us about the economic impact of the Port of Baltimore.

Jack Reitnauer

Jun 1, 2017

Jack Reitnauer, farm manager of Warwick Mushroom Farms, tells us how the success of Warwick, the largest of mushroom farm in the Western hemisphere, equals success for the region. 

Christy Wyskiel

May 25, 2017

Christy Wyskiel, adviser to the president of Johns Hopkins University tells us why Baltimore is a hub for bio and tech innovation. 

Tony Talalay

May 18, 2017

Tony Talalay, the CEO and co-founder of Brassica Protection Products describes why Baltimore was the perfect place for his business.

This episode originally aired in December 2016. 

Susan Ganz

May 12, 2017

Susan Ganz, CEO of Lion Brothers, speaks on what it means for the leading manufacturer of apparel identity to be based in Baltimore. 

Shannon Landwehr

On today's episode, we thank you for listening! 

Kimberly Klacik

Apr 27, 2017

At Potential Me, we believe a community thrives best when all individuals contribute in ways that utilize their talent and skillset. We began as a non-profit four years ago to support women who are in college, trade school, military bound, or already in the work force, by supplying them with the proper tools needed to not only obtain employment opportunities, but to thrive within them.

Joanne Hampson

Apr 20, 2017

On today's episode, Joanne Hampson, Senior Vice-President of PNC Bank, describes the corporate landscape of greater Baltimore.

In today's episode, Guy Filippelli, CEO of RedOwl Analytics tells us why his team made the decision to build a software company in Baltimore. 

Kim Schatzel

Apr 6, 2017

On this week's Why Baltimore, Towson University President Kim Schatzel discusses what makes the Baltimore region so unique. 

Mike Subelsky

Mar 30, 2017
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Mike Subelsky, chief technology officer for Staq on why Baltimore was the perfect city to help him start global software companies.

Kevin Conklin

Mar 24, 2017

Kevin Conklin, vice president of operations for PANDORA Jewelry on why Baltimore was a front-runner for Pandora's relocation.

Caroline Popper

Mar 16, 2017

On today's episode of "Why Baltimore," Caroline Popper, CEO of Popper and Company,  describes why Baltimore is a prime location for her healthcare consulting firm.

Russell Hill

Mar 9, 2017

Joining us for today's "Why Baltimore" is Russell Hill, director and professor at The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology.

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Toby Bozzuto, President and CEO of the Bozzuto Group tells us how his love of his hometown of Baltimore influences his company's work.

Russell Snyder

Feb 23, 2017

Today's guest is Russell Snyder, President & CEO of Volunteers of America Chesapeake. He tells us about the accomplishments and the future plans for the VAC's Baltimore Re-entry Center.

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Joining us today is Calvin Butler, CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE.) He shares how BGE's Smart Energy Workforce Development Program is preparing the energy industry's future workforce.

This episode originally aired on Oct. 13, 2016.

Michele Tsucalas tells us why her company--Michele's Granola--"relocated to Baltimore and never looked back."

Steve Chu, owner and head chef of Ekiben, tells us about his desire to bring people together inside his Fells Point restaurant.

Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Dana Stein, Executive Director of Civic Works, a local nonprofit in Baltimore City. 

According to a poll taken by the Maryland State Arts Council, 81% of Marylanders overwhelmingly agree that “a vibrant arts community makes Maryland a better place to live.” Additionally, 86% want Maryland to be known as a place where artists can become successful. Kwame Kwei-Armah, Creative Director of Center Stage joins us to discuss the growth of the theater and the cultural contributions of the arts.

Laura Wexler

Jan 12, 2017

Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Laura Wexler, co-founder and producer of The Stoop Storytelling Series. Wexler shares how Baltimore has contributed to the success of The Stoop.

Kevin Buerger

Jan 5, 2017

Kevin Buerger, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Jellyfish, a global digital marketing agency based in London, tells us about the accomplishments that have come out of the company's U.S. headquarters in Baltimore.

This episode was originally broadcast on August 14, 2016.

According to the Maryland State Arts Council, our state's arts organizations have an economic impact of more than $1 billion.  In Greater Baltimore, there are more than 9,500 full time equivalent jobs in the arts, double the median number found in similar-sized regions. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Julia-Marciari Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum.

Tony Talalay

Dec 22, 2016
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Tony Talalay, the CEO and co-founder of Brassica Protection Products describes why Baltimore was the perfect place for his business.

Debbie Gosselin

Dec 15, 2016

The Daily Beast ranked Baltimore third in the country for 2016’s hottest destinations, and GoBankingRates.com ranked it eighth for most affordable cities for summer getaways. The 2015 Tourism Development Annual Report revealed visitor spending to have increased by 6.1%, marking the fifth straight year of growth for Maryland. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Debbie Gosselin, Owner of Watermark Journeys—a local water tour and charter company.

Jeannie Howe, executive director of The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance talks about the economic impact of the arts community and shares how the GBCA works to ensure the continued success of the creative sector.

The US Chamber of Commerce ranks Maryland as third in innovation and entrepreneurship. As defined by the Brookings Institute, “Innovation Districts facilitate the creation and commercialization of new ideas and support metropolitan economies by growing in ways that leverage their distinct economic attributes.” Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Richard May, Chairman of Innovation Village.

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Nov 24, 2016

Baltimore ranks 8th among top US metros for the growth of young professionals. And this region has seen a 22% increase in young professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher, a rate competitive with Seattle, San Antonio, and San Francisco. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Ed Brake, Managing Director of Ellin & Tucker, a top-10 mid-Atlantic accounting firm headquartered in Baltimore for 70 years.

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