March 10, 2020 BisNow Baltimore State of the Market Event
Baltimore, MD – Alongside a tremendous mix of panelist, MCB Real Estate Managing Partner – David Bramble spoke on the importance of partnering and building within local communities to benefit Baltimore City as a whole.
Mike Gill, Chairman of Evergreen Advisors and former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, kicked off the event by emphasizing the importance of of correctly selecting Baltimore’s next Mayor. “If we get the next mayor right, tens of thousands of people will come out of the woodwork asking how they can help,” Gill Stated to the crowd of over 250. Gill continued his passionate address by detailing some of the key areas that could change for Baltimore City residents and business owners over the next 10 years, which included; improvements to the Baltimore City Convention Center, Lowering Property Tax, raising the bar in education, public / private company partnerships, and growing the population in excess of 700,000.
In Baltimore’s Retail Renaissance panel discussion, Bramble was joined by Andy Hotchkiss – Partner of Hammerjacks, Judy Neff – Co-Owner of Checkerspot Brewing Company, Scott Slosson – COO of 28 Walker Development, Alexander Smith – Founder of Atlas Restaurant Group, and Rahel Fikre – Store Development Manager of Starbucks. The panel was moderated by Steve Wolf who is a Partner at UHY LLP.
“We’re working on projects, not just by the highway but in the neighborhoods,” Bramble stated. “Many of these neighborhoods (outside of downtown and away from the highway) are ready to take the bull by the horns in attempt the strengthen the city as a whole.”
The Baltimore State of the Market Panel featured; Alicia Wilson – Vice President of Economic Development of Johns Hopkins University & Health Systems, Brian Gibbons – CEO of Greenberg Gibbons Commercial, Timothy Hogan – President of Hogan Companies, Cedric Bobo – Co-Founder of Project Destined, and Bill Struever – Principal of Cross Street Partners. The panel was moderated by Owen Rouse – Vice President of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services.