Maryland Insurance Administration close to sealing deal on downtown move

The Maryland Insurance Administration's exit from downtown Baltimore to offices at the Montgomery Park complex is moving forward. A lease for the agency to move from the 27th floor at 200 St. Paul Place — also called St. Paul Plaza — to the Southwest Baltimore landmark is being finalized and is expected to be presented to the state Board of Public Works by April, said Nick Cavey, a spokesman for the state Department of General Services that is brokering the deal. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 

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Council Willing To Renew Talks About Midtown Gym’s Future; Petition Effort Unable To Challenge Property Purchase

The door was left open this week for continued dialogue to keep the World Gym at 67th Street open at least temporarily with the town in the process of buying the property for a future water treatment plant on the site. Late last year, the Mayor and Council approved an ordinance authorizing the purchase of the World Gym property at 67th Street for a little over $1.2 million. The 18,000-square-foot property is one piece of a larger puzzle of properties needed for a future water treatment plant. (Dispatch)

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Food Truck Owner Appeals To Higher Court To Affirm ‘300-Foot Rule’

In 2017, Joey Vanoni, a food truck owner, went to circuit court to challenge a city law that regulates where food trucks could do business. The law, known as the 300-foot rule, forced Vanoni and other food truck owners to stay a football field’s length away from restaurants. “It absolutely impacted me,” Vanoni said. “I was prohibited from operating in swaths of the city.” But in 2017, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Karen C. Friedman ruled that the 300-foot rule was vague and unenforceable, a major victory for Vanoni. (WJZ-TV)

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Hagerstown receives two indoor sports complex proposals, but costs prohibitive

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday will consider two proposals for building an indoor sports complex. Neither is viewed as a viable option due to cost-prohibitive construction models, according to city officials. Eastern Sports Management (ESM), a Virginia-based sports facility management company, and the Hagerstown Ice Amateur Athletic Association (HIAAA) responded to the city’s request for qualifications this past fall. The council will discuss the proposals during a meeting at City Hall, starting at 4 p.m. (Herald Mail)

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McCormick teams up with IBM to create new flavors

McCormick & Co. has teamed up with IBM to use artificial intelligence in its flavor and food development, the firm announced Monday. The company will take hundreds of millions of data points developed from its more than 40 years of food science work and use machine learning to develop more flavor profiles. “McCormick’s use of artificial intelligence highlights our commitment to insight-driven innovation and the application of the most forward-looking technologies to continually enhance our products and bring new flavors to market,” Lawrence Kurzius, McCormick’s chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. (Daily Record)

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Medical cannabis owner: 'We're producing a quality product that I personally take'

Edward Weidenfeld got interested in medical cannabis as a patient before he got into the business, and now part of his business is coming to Hagerstown. “We’re producing a quality product that I personally take,” he said. Weidenfeld and his business partner, Andras Kirschner, have an established Washington, D.C., cultivation facility, Phyto Management LLC, which produces and sells its products under the District Cannabis brand. “We plan to bring that same quality and commitment to purity to the Hagerstown facility and the dispensaries in Maryland. We’re planning on marketing under the District Cannabis brand,” Weidenfeld said in a telephone interview last week. (Herald Mail)

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Baltimore-based eye bank KeraLink sells to Seattle company

A Seattle-based firm focused on corneal care and transplant services is taking over the U.S. eye bank locations of Baltimore's KeraLink International. KeraLink, which specializes in corneal transplant services, was founded as the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland in 1962. The company has six locations nationwide, including its headquarters and laboratory facility in Catonsville, and eye bank centers and affiliates in cities like Boston, Orlando and Albuquerque. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Local Businesses Capitalize On Super Bowl Sunday

The excitement of Super Bowl Sunday goes far beyond the field. Local businesses saw an uptick in sales as fans celebrated the most popular day in sport- regardless if the Ravens were playing or not, the Super Bowl is still a highly anticipated game in sports. “This has been huge. We’ve been working hard at this for a while now,” said Isabelle Wynn of Slice Pizza.Slice Pizza in White Marsh was tossing up huge dollars- up to 30 times compared to what they’d be on a normal day, organizing staff for the big game took weeks in advance. (WJZ-TV)

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