Survey shows economic vitality nonprofits bring to Frederick County

Frederick County’s nonprofit organizations contribute approximately a quarter of a billion dollars a year to the local economy, according to a survey of 75 organizations. A research team conducted a survey of many Frederick County nonprofits in an effort to determine the economic impact that nonprofits provide to the community. “There are people outside of the nonprofit community who view nonprofits as ‘takers’ and not ‘generators,’” said Betsy Day, of The Community Foundation of Frederick County. “I think it’s important that we now have facts and figures that we can point to or recite to show that they bring so much to the local economy.” (News-Post)

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City Seeds sprouts an opportunity in East Baltimore

Railroad passengers passing through East Baltimore might notice the bold colors of the fruits and vegetables painted on a busy little kitchen named City Seeds. Vans filled with lunches depart from this North Wolfe Street industrial outpost. They carry grab-and-go foods prepared in a commissary that stands alongside the busy Amtrak and MARC train embankment. The motto of the enterprise: “Made with love in Baltimore.” On a recent morning City Seeds’ 30 or so workers were slicing cantaloupe and strawberries for salads, but it was the scent of baking chocolate chip cookies that filled the room. (Balt. Sun)

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The latest luxury apartment project is underway in Brewers Hill

Work has started on a 371-unit luxury apartment building on a vacant lot in Brewers Hill, the once-industrial part of Southeast Baltimore that has seen a wave of new development over the past decade. Atlanta-based Wood Partners acquired the 3.2-acre parcel at O'Donnell and Eaton streets last month from Obrecht Commercial Real Estate for $1 million. After several years of scouting Baltimore, the project marks Wood Partners' first in the city. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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August 3 // Facebook digital training coming to Baltimore in partnership with the National Urban League

Facebook Inc. is working with the National Urban League to bring training programs to several major cities, including Baltimore, to help small business owners learn how to better market their businesses on digital platforms. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the partnership at the National Urban League conference in Columbus on Wednesday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Take a look inside the new Guinness brewery in Baltimore County, set to open Friday

The first shipment of Guinness beer to the United States arrived through the port of Charleston in 1817, in eight large barrels called hogsheads. Some 200 years later, touting the "special bond" shared by Ireland and the U.S., officials convened in Baltimore County to christen the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House — the first brewery on American soil for the iconic brand in more than 60 years. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Proposed Linthicum methadone clinic withdraws variance request

A proposed methadone clinic in Linthicum is stalled after attorneys for the project withdrew an application for county approval. B.N.J. Health Services — which runs treatment centers in Glen Burnie, Baltimore and Salisbury — had proposed to open a new methadone clinic off Central Avenue in Linthicum, but had faced fierce opposition from residents as well as state and county lawmakers. (Balt. Sun)

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Despite Frederick layoffs, Wells Fargo says it's committed to Maryland, U.S.

Despite Wells Fargo’s decision to eliminate more than 60 jobs from its Frederick office, it remains committed to its businesses throughout Maryland, the company’s CEO said in a letter to one of the state’s U.S. senators. “We continue to employ over 3,000 team members in Maryland,” CEO Timothy Sloan wrote in the letter to Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D). (News-Post)

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Former Cardinal Gibbons High School to be transformed into Y family center

The former Cardinal Gibbons High School in Southwest Baltimore will be transformed into the city's third family center from The Y in Central Maryland. The nonprofit unveiled plans to build the $6 million facility this week, as part of its $16 million "Invest in Baltimore's Future: Mission Expansion" capital campaign. The adaptive reuse project will feature a wellness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, group exercise studios, gymnasium, locker rooms and multipurpose spaces. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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