The national Smart Surfaces Coalition is partnering with the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, part of the University of Baltimore's Jacob France Institute, to provide Baltimore leaders with a powerful new tool to encourage the use of practices collectively known as "smart surfaces," which support improved localized air quality and reduced heat impacts.
Each year, the Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize Competition showcases many of the University of Baltimore community's most talented and driven entrepreneurs. And 2019 is no exception: More than 45 students - undergraduates and graduates, representing a wide range of academic backgrounds and disciplines - submitted applications for their enterprising ideas. Now, six teams represented by nine students have been named finalists. On Nov. 19, the winner will be chosen.
A report developed by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore and the Baltimore Department of Planning provides detailed analysis of the city's and billion-dollar Capital Improvement Program (CIP), with the goal of assessing the level of equity of the program in terms of race and income. With these results in hand, the city will develop a more equitable strategy of distribution of CIP funding across city neighborhoods.
Kavita Verma, director of Business Attraction and Recruitment for the Maryland Department of Commerce, has joined the Merrick School of Business Dean's Advisory Council. She joins 29 other board members, largely based in the Baltimore-Washington region, in serving the school as advisers, advocates and mentors.
Despite reporting declining revenue, Maryland businesses say they remain optimistic about their future growth. That is one finding in the latest Maryland Business Climate Survey, which measured local business sentiment in the second quarter of 2019.