Horseshoe Casino, Ravens announce marketing agreement — the 2nd-ever partnership between NFL team and casino

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced a multi-year marketing deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday that will allow the casino to use team trademarks and logos and is expected help it take advantage of its proximity to M&T Bank Stadium. It’s the second-ever partnership between an NFL team and a casino, and more are likely on the way in the wake of the NFL’s decision in September to allow its teams to enter such casino marketing agreements. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. health exchange puts another $1M into marketing, targets uninsured ahead of open enrollment

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is putting its efforts and $1 million in new funding behind getting more Marylanders to sign up for insurance coverage under Obamacare. The exchange, which operates the state's Obamacare marketplace Maryland Health Connection, is looking to increase enrollments by at least 5.8 percent this year. Michele Eberle, executive director of the exchange, said this will be a "pivotal year," as consumers will see the first decreases in premium prices since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Tradepoint Atlantic to scale back request for gov't financing in redevelopment of steel mill site in Baltimore County

Executives with Tradepoint Atlantic, the industrial and logistics campus being developed on the former site of Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, say they plan to pare down a request for millions of dollars in government-assisted financing for infrastructure and other needs at the site. Aaron Tomarchio, a senior vice president at Tradepoint Atlantic, said the financing request submitted to Baltimore County — initially estimated to be up to $150 million — could end up being revised to less than $100 million. (Balt. Sun)

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Port Covington TIF bonds to go to market by mid-2019, developer says

The first set of a $660 million tax increment financing bond package for infrastructure at Port Covington is expected to go to market by mid-2019, Weller Development officials said. The bonds will help move development of the first phase of the $5.5 billion project, which got a boost Thursday by a commitment from three Maryland companies to relocate to Port Covington to create a hub for cybersecurity at the 235-acre waterfront development. That hub is expected to open by 2021. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland gains 1,200 jobs in September, unemployment holds steady

Maryland added 1,200 jobs in September, propelled by a big gain in leisure and hospitality positions. Leisure and hospitality added 3,100 jobs during the month, by far the most of any sector, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A majority of those jobs, 2,500, were in accommodation and food services. Arts, entertainment and recreation gained 600 jobs. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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UltiSat gets $8M satellite contract for U.S. government

UltiSat Inc., a satellite company in Gaithersburg, has received a contract worth more than $8 million to provide commercial satellite communication services to the federal government. The five-year contract supports a prime contractor in providing the service in support of homeland security and civil defense activities, UltiSat announced Friday. (AP)

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M&S Grill is the latest Harborplace tenant to shut its doors

The M&S Grill has shut its doors at Harborplace — the latest tenant to exit one of downtown's top tourist attractions. Workers on Friday were busy emptying furniture out of the restaurant that closed earlier in the week. The exodus of the largest tenant in the Pratt Street Pavilion leaves a 7,800-square-foot gap in the shopping center. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Fells Point American Legion post to get new life

The General Joseph Haller Post 95 building in Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood sold for $375,000 to a developer who plans to convert the vacant property into apartments and possible retail or office space. Jim Chivers, of Gold and Co., said he sold the 10,000-square-foot complex at 1742-1746 Fleet St. to Chasen Construction & Development on behalf of the American Legion. The veterans service organization has seen dwindling membership and decided it wanted to unload the property. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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