Prince George’s didn’t make Amazon’s list. But the county could still be a winner.

Prince George’s officials felt snubbed when their county was the lone jurisdiction in the Washington region not picked as a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters. Now, though, they say Prince George’s could be the “lucky loser” of the retailing giant’s move to Crystal City. The abundance of Metro stations and low housing prices in the county, which is home to the state’s flagship university, could attract new employees and businesses that Amazon will bring. But experts say that to best capi­tal­ize on opportunities presented by Amazon’s second headquarters, Prince George’s must make a concerted effort that includes marketing, improving its schools and boosting workforce development. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland cannabis industry plans to fight potential ad ban in General Assembly

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously Thursday to pass new advertising regulations for the state's burgeoning industry which would prevent marijuana advertising on billboards, radio and television and in print media. The new ad rules would also heavily restrict online advertising. But before going to effect, the rules must first be heard and reviewed by a joint committee in the Maryland General Assembly, and industry stakeholders plan to fight the measure in the coming legislative session. Ultimately, the regulations would impact the 102 growing, processing and dispensary businesses currently online in the state, as well as the more than 35 businesses still awaiting final licensure. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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After Lofts at Eastport Landing approval, appeals loom

After months of mediation with an Annapolis residents group, the Lofts at Eastport Landing project is moving forward with a new application. Some still wish it weren’t. The Annapolis Department of Planning and Zoning recently approved the site design plan for the project, a mixed residential and commercial development that seeks to refresh the Eastport Shopping Center. The project is scaled back from its original density — a result of mediation with the city and the Concerned Citizens of Eastport over the design of the redevelopment. (Capital)

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‘This place is full of old stories’: Historical Maryland diner is slated to become a marijuana dispensary

At the lunch counter of Laurel’s Tastee Diner, waitresses and cooks recognize the regulars taking a seat on the blue stools next to the gold-speckled countertop. “George! Where you been?” waitress and cashier Donna Rock asked as she cleaned a booth. “Dead? Jail?” Rock hadn’t seen the elderly, white-haired man — one of her most loyal customers — in a month. He quietly sipped coffee from a 1950s-style mug, then responded. “Jail” he said, eliciting chuckles. It’s that connection of humor and compassion, developed over four decades between customers and staff, that residents fear will be lost in a plan that would turn the diner into a medical marijuana dispensary. (Wash. Post)

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Howard County wants federal court to prod FAA to reduce BWI jet noise

Howard County officials are asking a federal court to review six orders from the Federal Aviation Administration about noise from low-flying planes at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. In July, the county filed an administrative petition with the FAA seeking “immediate” action to resolve complaints from communities near the airport and change flight paths of arriving and departing jets. The county renewed its push last month, filing a new petition with a federal court. (Balt. Sun)

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New York fintech plans to open second office, add 50 jobs in Baltimore

A financial technology startup from New York is looking to Baltimore to set up its second headquarters. Paygevity Inc., a company led by a team of Wall Street veterans and tech commercialization specialists, is searching for a city office to call its second home. Louis A. Young, the company's president and a Baltimore native, said Paygevity is planning to build up its software development team here, and hire up to 50 employees to staff the new headquarters. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore's Splash City Golf to launch competitive league in 2019

Heading into its third season, Splash City Golf is looking to provide a new option for players who spent their summer days whacking balls into Baltimore's Patapsco River. Owners of the pop-up, waterfront driving range company noticed this season that many of their customers were competing against each other, and sometimes even betting on their ability to hit golf balls onto floating, drone-controlled targets in the water. So, co-founder Daniel Bucci thought, let's make this a little more interesting. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Port of Baltimore awarded $6.5M federal grant to upgrade berths

The Port of Baltimore is getting a $6.5 million federal grant to build an additional 50-foot-deep berth to accommodate large container ships. “The more cargo, the more money we make and the more jobs we create,” said U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, whose district includes the port. “This is really going to help the port.” Ruppersberger said he received a call Thursday from the deputy secretary of transportation, notifying him that the Maryland Port Administration would be awarded a grant through the BUILD — Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development — program. (Balt. Sun)

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