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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

  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.

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.


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