Donald C Fry

Donald C Fry

Donald C. Fry has been the president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), the central Maryland region's most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, since November 2002.

Under Don’s leadership, the GBC is recognized as a knowledgeable and highly credible business voice in the Baltimore region, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. on policy issues and competitive challenges facing Maryland. Its mission is to apply private-sector leadership to strengthening the business climate and quality of life in the region and state.

Fry served as GBC executive vice president from 1999 to 2002. From 1980 to 1999 Fry was engaged in a private law practice in Harford County. During this time he also served in the Maryland General Assembly. He is one of only a handful of legislators to have served on each of the major budget committees of the General Assembly.

Serving in the Senate of Maryland from 1997 to 1998, Fry was a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee. As a member of the House of Delegates from 1991 to 1997 Fry served on the Ways and Means Committee and on the Appropriations Committee.

Fry is a 1979 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. He earned a B.S. in political science from Frostburg State College.

Donald C. Fry: Winning an Election in 140 Characters or Less: The Changing Landscape of Campaigns in the Social Media Age

If you’ve been following the presidential campaign of Donald Trump – and at this point who isn’t? – you are probably aware that at least some of the relentless news coverage he’s garnered has been triggered from statements, comments and videos he’s posted to his Twitter and other highly followed social media platforms. This, of course, has been all good for Trump as he feeds his loyal supporter base – which includes more than 7 million followers on Twitter alone– while also dominating the 24-hour news cycle. Some pundits have gone so far as to say Trump, if elected, will be the first “social media president.” Truth be told, in 2008 Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate to fully integrate social media into his campaign and leverage it to speak to supporters and keep and grow his base. Still, by any expert opinion, Trump has taken the savvy use of... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: State and City Leaders Should Make Baltimore Convention Center Expansion Top Priority

Maryland Commerce Secretary Michael Gill was quoted in news reports recently saying that his department will seek $3 million to fund a new study looking at options for an expanded Baltimore Convention Center and that he’s confident an expansion project will move forward “at some point.” That is good news indeed as the need for an expanded Baltimore Convention Center has been seriously discussed over the last five years. In 2011, the Greater Baltimore Committee advanced a proposal, in collaboration with the late Willard Hackerman, for a combined convention center, a new and larger arena to replace Baltimore’s aging one, and a hotel. This plan would have substantially increased the size of the convention center. Our failure to address the need for an expanded convention center has placed our tourism and convention entities, Visit Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center, at a competitive disadvantage for convention and tradeshow business. Destinations like... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Should Baltimore Alter Its “Strong Executive” Form of Government?

Try to strike up a conversation about city charters or charter amendments to the average citizen and you’re likely to be met with a blank stare and everyone’s rapid departure from your company. But the recent passage by the Baltimore City Council of a charter amendment to earmark spending for youth programs and a subsequent council override of a veto of that legislation by Baltimore’s mayor highlight the debate on charter amendments that alter the role of the mayor. There are other charter amendments bubbling at City Hall that could affect Baltimore’s future mayors. This all comes as Baltimore voters are looking to elect a new mayor. Combined, the recently approved amendment, which must be ratified by voters in November, and the other charter proposalshold the potential of altering Baltimore’s “strong executive”form of government - under which the mayor sets the vision for the city and controls top priorities, like the... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Express Your View on Baltimore’s New Express BusLink

In mid-June state transportation officials plan to launch a new express bus service, called Express BusLink, which they believe will better connect thousands of workers to the major job hubs that have emerged during the last two decades in the Baltimore region. To some, June may seem like a long way off. But when it comes to rolling out a key part of a redesigned mass transit bus system, it’s really right around the corner. That’s why it’s important for Baltimore-area companies and businesses whose employees rely on the bus system to get to and from work to weigh in now on whether the proposed new express bus network will, in fact, make it easier and faster to get to their places of employment and job hubs in and around the city. Express BusLink will offer express bus service on a high-frequency basis during morning and evening rush hours on three... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Reconnecting Baltimore by Giving Ex-Offenders a Second Chance

Each year thousands of men and women who have been convicted of crimes are released from incarceration and return to Baltimore City to start their lives over. Irrespective of the length of their incarceration it’s not an easy road to get back on their feet and become integrated as productive members of society. Most will return to their old neighborhoods, often with no employment prospects and limited job skills or training. Some, disconnected from families, will even lack stable housing options. Add to this mix is the fact that many face a difficult transition period adjusting from the hardships of prison life to a free society. The odds are often so insurmountable that many return to criminal activity and end up in jail again. Recidivism comes at a big cost to these individuals. The cost to society is high as well as taxpayers bear the significant financial costs associated with repeat... Continue reading
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