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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

Ed Brake 11-24-16

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.

Shannon Landwehr

Nov 17, 2016

Shannon was appointed President & CEO of the EAGB in 2016 after serving as Executive Vice President since 2015. Prior to rejoining the EAGB in 2015, she led the operations of a near-shore facility on behalf of Morgan Stanley’s global location strategy, and was integral in growing the firm’s workforce and managed operations for the 1000 employee Baltimore office. Shannon has more than 15 years of experience in finance, non-profits, strategic planning, marketing and consulting.

**Originally broadcast on 5/12/16

Joining us this week for Why Baltimore is Demian Costa, Managing Partner of Sagamore Ventures, the venture-capital subsidiary of Plank Industries dedicated to support, counsel and capitalization with a focus on investments in Baltimore City.  

A recent Kauffman Foundation study revealed that in 2016 Maryland ranked 13th in the country for startup activity. The Greater Baltimore region alone boasts an impressive number of higher education institutions, for which there is no shortage of ideas and ambition being produced. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Samuel Hoi, President of the Maryland Institute College of Art, or MICA.

The BioHealth Innovation Index compared Central Maryland’s innovation cluster with the most prolific in the country, including Boston, Pittsburgh, and San Diego. Home to more than 70 federal labs, numerous research institutions, and more than 275,000 people working in the BioHealth industries—the region ranked #1 in talent, based on concentration of workers and level of education. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Rob Crim, President and CEO of Vaya Pharma USA, a UMB BioPark company that makes medical food products to manage nutritional imbalances.

The Greater Baltimore region boasts diverse and exceptional educational institutions such as Hopkins, UMBC, Towson, Loyola, and UMB. U.S. census data shows that the number of 25-34-year-olds living within three miles of downtown rose to 92% between 2000 and 2010, creating a pool of desirable candidates for the various medical and tech career opportunities sprouting up in the area. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Ken Malone, Principal of Early Charm Ventures.  


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