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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

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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.

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