Carroll County doesn't have a lot of land available for development. It's both the benefit and curse of being in a county with goals of farmland preservation. Couple this with the realities of limited water and sewer hook ups and it makes economic growth a challenge. So when there's land identified for redevelopment, you have to have a plan that will not only work, but one that can attract businesses.
Sykesville has passed a law that enables the town to provide tax breaks to developers of historic areas designated for growth — specifically the Warfield Complex — in order to ease and encourage development.
Six lawyers who make regular appearances before the Harford County Liquor Control Board say changes are needed in the board's resident licensee rules, paperwork and personal appearance requirements and in the current setback laws regarding licensed alcoholic beverage establishments and schools.
Gov. Larry Hogan took a ride Thursday on Japan's high-speed magnetic levitation train and expressed enthusiastic interest in a technology that has been touted as a way to travel between Baltimore and Washington in 15 minutes. He announced Maryland would seek a $28 million grant to study the possibility of a Baltimore-Washington maglev line.
Chances are if you walk the streets of Baltimore and ask anyone under the age of 35 who Reginald Lewis was, many would offer a blank stare. But, Lewis was one of them, a street smart, athletic African American kid growing up in the economically forgotten neighborhood that Freddie Gray called home. But he got out, and made it big.
The new board chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee said in remarks at the organization's annual meeting Monday that the city should focus on growing — not just by 10,000 families, as in Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's mantra, but by 10,000 businesses as well.
James D. Hardesty, who rose from the Alex. Brown & Sons mailroom to be a co-founder of Hardesty Capital Management from which he recently retired, died Tuesday of complications of liver disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 68.
Destruction is estimated at $9 million for about 285 businesses damaged during the recent unrest in Baltimore — which officials say is only a fraction of what the total will be for the damage and economic impact.
Tom Schaller: Bottom line: There's a white standard and a black standard, and anyone who believes otherwise is deluding himself. So what would you do about it, professor? A few readers politely asked me to provide solutions, not just critiques. OK, fair enough. Here are four policy changes that might lead to greater race equality in America.
Maryland's military installations represented about 15 percent of the state's total economic output in 2012, according to a report released Monday by the state, which showcased the close ties between Maryland's economy and the military.
We share the pain of Baltimore in mourning for Freddie Gray's wrongful death. At the same time, we too are suffering and it is still very real and very raw for us. More than 50 of Korean-American stores and beauty supply stores have been damaged, looted or burned down in Baltimore. One store owner ran out of his burning building, only to be beaten by the looters and just left for dead.
Mentoring and additional youth programming might be the easiest thing we can do in the short term. But for Baltimore to achieve its immense potential, we must all acknowledge, examine and confront Baltimore's history of institutional racism and economic disempowerment; destructive forces that have assaulted our communities and citizens for years, particularly young black men and boys.
Although the Carroll County school system's fiscal year 2016 operating budget is unlikely to change from a budget released last week, both the school board and commissioners say they plan to work together to determine a five-year funding plan, to get a head start on future school budgets.
Some hope the rioting will go down in history as a spasm, a brief check on the city's apparent economic momentum, as population and development increased in parts of the city after decades of decline. But others fear the 24-7 broadcast of burning buildings and National Guard troops in the streets of Baltimore has set back years of slow progress made by the city.
As the Harford County Council began its review Tuesday of County Executive Barry Glassman's proposed $642 million operating budget for the 2016 fiscal year, a ghost of taxes past entered into the discussion.
Income inequality should be at the forefront of our thinking today because of the effect it has on all aspects of our society. The widening gap between the wealthiest in our country and the poor impacts levels of crime and poverty, our health, family dysfunction and the achievement of higher education.
Despite a late effort by Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, to persuade the other members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners to lower the business personal property tax rate, the commissioners have voted to keep taxation levels flat during the coming fiscal year.