Welcome to Center Maryland

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A message from founders Steve Kearney, Martin Knott, Damian O'Doherty, Otis Rolley, Tom Loveland and Howard Libit

A new centrist, pro-business voice
Beginning this week, we are sending a daily, morning email from Center Maryland, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit media outlet that highlights issues of real importance to job creation and economic growth in Maryland - with straight-down-the-middle reporting by professional journalists.
Center Maryland will also add a centrist, pro-business voice to our state's public debate through opinion pieces, creating a platform to advance reasonable and responsible ideas from leaders, including Don Fry, President of the Greater Baltimore Committee, who will provide frequent commentary.
And we're pleased to welcome back to Maryland politics Josh Kurtz - Senior Editor for Roll Call - who will write a column appearing every Tuesday.
Additionally, our website will provide the most comprehensive aggregation of media sources in Maryland - drawing on content from the state's newspapers, television stations, radio stations and online sources - to provide all "The News You Need" to readers in business, government, politics and the media.

Challenging ideologically-driven politics
In the past, metropolitan newspapers like the Baltimore Sun were capable of providing a comprehensive overview of news in Maryland. Today, without a Maryland section or Business section, this is no longer the case. We will combine resources to replicate a product that is no longer available, while highlighting stories that matter most to our readers, primarily focusing on:
• Smart Government - challenging both ideologically-driven politics and the budget and taxation status quo, and pushing government to adopt business practices.
• Next Economy - moving Maryland beyond its economic reliance on Federal agencies, to create a climate of cooperation between state government and business - and a stronger entrepreneurial culture.
• Clean Energy - driving toward a more stable energy regulatory environment to encourage private investment in clean energy generation, such as nuclear and wind power.
• Developing Economies - promoting a more place-oriented approach to economic development, ensuring that growth, investment and infrastructure policies align in a manner that is economically and environmentally sustainable.

Maryland makes progress when we work in the center
The founders of our organization have deep Maryland experience in government, business and media. What drives us is fairly simple:
• We believe that ideology is no substitute for evidence or experience.
• Political expedience should not trump common sense.
• Maryland's citizens are intelligent - if given accurate information, they will support elected officials in making good decisions.
Maryland makes progress when we come together to work in the center. Center Maryland's objective is to help us get there.
We hope you'll join us every morning!
Steve Kearney - Martin Knott - Damian O-Doherty - Otis Rolley - Tom Loveland - Howard Libit

P.S. Center Maryland will launch with a readership of more than 5,000 business, government, nonprofit and media leaders. With your help, we will continue to reach more members of our community who want to see Maryland make progress. If you're not yet on the list, please sign up on our website. And when you feel comfortable doing so, please consider forwarding future Center Maryland emails to your peers.
We also hope you'll join the discussion on Facebook, catch the latest news by following us on Twitter, and take advantage of our free iPhone app once it launches.
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