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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


  While consumer and business needs change, regions with such storied histories as the Greater Baltimore region often benefit from established, multigenerational companies. Greater Baltimore is seeing growth in many industries but one of the most significant has been the construction industry due to the growth in commercial and residential development.

  In the last decade, the Baltimore region has quietly emerged as a hub for marketing and creative agencies developing a reputation for branding and digital marketing not only for many local businesses but for national and global brands.

While not a fashion mecca like New York or LA, Baltimore has been named a top shopping city and designer Christian Siriano is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Baltimore’s proximity to New York makes it an ideal location for emerging fashion designers and boutiques.  Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Christopher Schafer, proprietor of Christopher Schafer Clothier, a custom tailor based in Harbor East, and founder of Sharp Dressed Man, a non-profit that provides local men with recycled suits.

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.

The Northeast corridor is the nation's busiest passenger rail line and this region has access to three of the nation's top 30 airports. The Port of Baltimore is one of the most efficient ports in the country and ranks first nationally in roll-on, roll-off cargo. It is one of only two US ports capable of handling the world's largest ships. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Michael Moore, CEO of Tradepoint Atlantic.

  The craft beer industry is rapidly growing in the Baltimore region with more than 60 breweries including new breweries like Manor Hill Brewing and Waverly Brewing Company joining long-time favorites like The Brewer’s Art and Heavy Seas Beer. Today, the state ranks 21st nationally for the production of craft beer and has an economic impact of $652 million. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Adam Benesch, founder of Union Craft Brewing.

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.

Baltimore is increasingly being recognized for its innovation community. Inc Magazine featured Baltimore as a surprising hub for tech startups and recently, Fast Company named Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab one of the world’s most innovative healthcare companies. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Jay Steinmetz, CEO of Barcoding, a technology company founded in 1998 that provides supply chain solutions for businesses of all sizes.

  Advanced manufacturing which includes prototype development, fabrication and testing, for all sorts of industries including aerospace and biohealth, is an emerging technology-based growth industry for Greater Baltimore. Medical devices are extremely important in this market, and since 2010, 135 Medical Device patents have been awarded in Maryland. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Mike Adelstein, President & CEO of Potomac Photonics, a medical device manufacturing, and biotech and electronics fabrication company founded in 1982.

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