Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture gets $1M investment

U.S. Bank on Tuesday announced a five-year $1 million investment with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. This investment makes Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank a member of the Corporate Leadership Council, a group of corporate donors committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. "At U.S. Bank, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and the arts — which brings us closer together and strengthens our communities," said U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) Chairman, President and CEO Andy Cecere said in a statement. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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$3.2M award, cut costs may not save Baltimore Symphony

An audit says a possible infusion of $3.2 million in state funds and savings from a shortened season may not be enough to save the cash-strapped Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Baltimore Sun reports the SC&H Group audit released Tuesday says both methods would only temporarily help BSO unless additional revenues streams are established. It says it’s unclear if the orchestra will survive the year. (WTOP)

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XXMassive Westphalia fulfillment center, likely Amazon's, approved

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Trump says Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud contract should be investigated. Again.

President Trump on Thursday said he would direct aides to investigate a pending military contract widely expected to be awarded to Amazon, saying he had heard multiple complaints about an allegedly unfair bidding process. His involvement would be an unusual Oval Office intervention in a process normally handled by military officials trained to follow complicated procurement laws and regulations. (Wash. Post)

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Perdue facility fire had "multiple explosions" but site up and running again now

 

The fire that affected two chemical tanks at a Perdue facility in Accomac, Virginia, on Wednesday resulted in explosions that "could be heard for miles," according to a local fire department. Nevertheless, the chicken processing facility was up and running again by Thursday morning, a Perdue spokesperson said. According to the Parksley Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook, explosions forced all fire, emergency services and hazardous materials personnel to relocate their equipment to a safer area Wednesday afternoon. While the exact number of explosions is only guessed at by officials on the scene, most say the number was around two. (Delmarva)

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Old Salisbury Mall site, vacant for many years, sold for new development

 

The 80-acre site of the old Salisbury Mall has sat empty for more than a decade, but it may finally be getting a new purpose after its sale earlier this month.  The news was announced in a Thursday release from a Seaford-based real estate broker, who said the property was sold Wednesday, July 10, to Crossroads Salisbury LLC. Future development plans include residential, commercial, hospitality and retail components. (Delmarva)

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Clipper Mill apartment project scaled back to 30 units

Citing financial concerns, developers of a multi-unit project in Baltimore's historic Clipper Mill have scaled it back to 30 units. The original plans were for 52 units, to be built by a subsidiary of Valstone Partners and Garver Development at 2001 Druid Park Drive. Those designs were given a thumbs-down by the Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel in January. They also called for a 59-space parking deck, which has now been eliminated. But Peter Garver, principal of Garver Development, told a city design panel Thursday the design was downsized over the past three months. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Tradepoint Atlantic to announce offshore wind partnership

Tradepoint Atlantic teased the announcement Thursday of a "first-in-Maryland" offshore wind energy partnership with Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, which would advance the Baltimore County logistics center's role in the emerging industry. Orsted is one of two developers approved by the state in 2017 to construct an offshore wind farm off the Ocean City coastline. It is planning a 15-turbine wind farm called Skipjack, which it hopes to have operational by late 2022. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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