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: Giving Credit to Angels in Maryland

When it comes to startup companies and innovation, Maryland has a strong array of promising young stars. Vasoptic Medical, Inc., which is developing an easy-to-use, portable imaging device to help primary care doctors detect eye damage occurring from diabetes, is just one good example. Vasoptic, like many young innovative companies, doesn’t lack for strong ideas and drive. But, as is true for many start-ups in an industry sector or market with significant growth opportunity, raising capital to hire great talent, keep the lights on and the dream alive is often a pressing worry – especially in the early going.“Fundraising is the most critical and time intensive activity we do,” said M. Jason Brooke,the CEO and general counsel for Vasoptic. When it comes to raising money, such rising young stars often turn to what are commonly referred to as angel investors. Such investors are typically individuals or families with the financial means... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Light and a Turning Point for Baltimore

Winter’s gloom will eventually give way to spring in the region, and soon afterward another turning point could be in the cards for Baltimore. In just about six weeks, a switch will be thrown and the Inner Harbor waterfront will light up the night in a way no U.S. city has seen before when the inaugural Light City Baltimore festival commences. If you haven’t heard of this upcoming week-long event, which runs March 28-April 3, it’s shaping up to be quite the showstopper with 28 dramatic light and art displays along a waterfront path, concerts, neighborhood attractions, an innovation conference, and more. Businesses, from restaurants to shops and hotels, should see an economic boost from the anticipated visitor traffic. While the planned light displays, music and artists have gotten much of the news coverage, the big story line could be how this home-grown festival hits the reset button for Baltimore and... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Are the Stars Lining Up to Put Maryland’s “Anti-Business” Label to Bed?

For years Maryland has struggled to shake off the reputation that it’s an “anti-business” state, a reputation largely born from cries in some corners that businesses suffer from overregulation and onerous tax policies.   Maryland has any number of great assets, including a robust entrepreneurial culture and top global companies, so there’s plenty of room to argue the facts don’t support that reputation. But like it or not, perception is often reality. Fortunately, during the early going of the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session that got underway last month some of the stars seem to be lining up to help shake off this “anti-business” label. Worth noting first, perhaps, are recommendations to reform some of Maryland’s corporate and business tax policies, contained in a report prepared by the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission. The appointed panel, which includes elected state officials of both political parties, is often referred to... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Rising from the Ashes at Sparrows Point: Hope and a New Future

In case you missed the news, there was a lot to celebrate last week at Sparrows Point, once home to one of the mightiest steelmaking operations this country has ever seen - but which had fallen on hard times with the U.S. industry’s demise and then the closure in 2013 of RG Steel, the last steelmaker to operate there. First, Sparrows Point Terminal, the firm that took over the sprawling 3,100-acre property in Southeast Baltimore County after it was sold at auction, announced a new name: TradePoint Atlantic. The new identity is part of a strategy to market the location globally to prospective logistics, distribution, transportation and manufacturing tenants now that most of the steel operations have been cleared away for redevelopment. That announcement was soon followed by news that TradePoint Atlantic had inked a deal with FedEx Corp. to locate a new 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facility on the property. It’s... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: The “Horses” to Watch in the Early Running of the Maryland General Assembly Sweepstakes

With lots of smiles, glad-handing and the usual pomp and circumstance, the Maryland General Assembly got off to the races on January 13, and in the early going there appear to be several “horses” to keep an eye on. First and foremost is the relationship between Republican Governor Larry Hogan and the Democratic controlled leadership of the state Senate and House of Delegates, primarily Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. The relationship between the then-freshman governor, who had no prior elective experience, and the two veteran politicos ended on a sour note at the conclusion of the 2015 session, in part due to a tussle over education funding. And last week, even as the governor and senate president were shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries as the 2016 session’s opening bell sounded, there were signs that the relationship of the Republican executive and Democratic legislative leadership might... Continue reading
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