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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

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
Kei Kondo

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.

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.

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