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Best of Baltimore 2017

Best deep-pocketed civic booster: Kevin Plank

The Under Armour CEO has bought into the potential for his hometown’s future as a thriving city. Not only has he turned the old waterfront Procter & Gamble factory into Under Armour’s headquarters, he’s also brought Fells Point’s recreation pier back to life, as a luxury hotel. And then there’s that miniature city he’s planning for Port Covington. True, his image took a hit with some critics after praising President Trump and his pro-business stance as “something that's a real asset to this country,” and Under Armour’s stock fell 26 percent at the end of January. Still, it’s hard not to believe that, in the end, Plank and Under Armour are benefiting Baltimore in ways few others can match.

— Chris Kaltenbach

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