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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

In the last 5 years, the number of 25-to-34 year old Baltimore residents with master and doctorate degrees has grown 30%. And, recently, Forbes named Baltimore one of 20 happiest cities to work. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Joe Mechlinski, CEO of entreQuest, a management consulting firm, founder of SHIFT, a local network of executives and entrepreneurs, and author of New York Times bestseller Grow Regardless.

Entrepreneur Magazine named Baltimore a top city for edtech firms and the Baltimore region consistently ranks in the top 10 for tech jobs, wages and start-ups with nearly 50% of our regional job openings requiring STEM skills. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Rick Geritz, CEO of LifeJourney, an edtech firm that provides an online experience to empower students to test-drive STEM careers.

Zagat ranked Baltimore 2nd as a top food city. In addition to maker spaces that encourage design and manufacturing, the Baltimore region is home to a growing number of food incubators and commercial teaching kitchens like B-More Kitchen and Baltimore Food Hub, that are providing jobs and helping to grow new businesses. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Greg Vetter, Oldest Brother and co-founder of Tessemae’s All Natural, producer of dressings, marinades and spreads made in Baltimore. 


The Greater Baltimore region ranks 13th among the 25 largest metros for job growth, comparable to Washington, D.C., New York and San Diego.  And more than $1 billion has been invested in Maryland firms in the last year.  Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Augie Chiasera, President of M&T Bank Greater Baltimore.

Forbes Magazine named Maryland one of the fastest-growing states for tech jobs, and according to the recently-released BioHealth Innovation Index, the Central Maryland-DC market is positioned to be a top 3 biohealth market by 2023.  Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Robert Lord, CEO and co-founder of Protenus, a Baltimore-based health IT company that has developed a data security platform that protects patient privacy in electronic health records. 

Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Jennifer Bodensiek, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, a non-profit that is helping young people lay the foundation for career success so Baltimore’s job pipeline stays strong.


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.  

With nearly 300,000 skilled information technology professionals, the Greater Baltimore-Washington region is the most densely concentrated market in the world. As part of this market, career and growth opportunities in data have emerged. Joining us today for Why Baltimore is Michael Rosenbaum, CEO of Pegged Software, a predictive analytics firm based here in Baltimore.

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