The GBC Bioscience Committee works directly with the industry to identify barriers to company formation and growth in Maryland. The committee then devises and implements strategies to overcome those barriers. These include expediting tech transfer and advocating for legislation that supports industry growth.
The Built Environment & Sustainability Committee reviews and analyzes significant real estate developments and urban design initiatives in our region. The committee makes recommendations and suggests policies that will serve as catalysts for better communities and examples of Smart Growth and sustainability.
The Bridging the Gap Committee supports and nurtures the development and growth of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the region and state. The committee provides assistance by identifying and instituting development programs, addressing public policy issues, providing networking opportunities and serving as a resource guide for minority and women entrepreneurs who are members of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
This committee reviews and explores innovative approaches to further enhance the quality of academic enrichment and extracurricular activities available to the region's youth. The committee develops policy positions to advocate at the local and state levels for reform in the public school and higher education systems, and explores initiatives that enhance the quality of workforce for a more productive region.
The Energy & Natural Resources Committee has a strong educational component. One of its initial activities is to educate the business community about the status of energy supply, transmission and generation in Maryland and outline the implications for the business community. The committee is also studying water supply and distribution issues in the region.
The Government Contracting Committee is a logical extension of GBC's
involvement in the BRAC buildup at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade. The committee benefits those companies that already enjoy secured access to federal government agencies by expanding the level of contacts that such entities currently utilize, as well as businesses that may wish to explore the nuances of contracting with the government
and military. The committee also serves as a "clearing house" with answers to questions that government contractors may have on state and county policies and practices.
The Health Care Committee reviews legislative matters that affect the health care and insurance industries. It identifies issues and develops positions on health care that impact the residents in the region and that have implications for the business community. In coordination with the GBC President & CEO, it communicates with legislators and key stakeholders the value of the health care industry to the region and the benefits of a healthy workforce and population.
The Innovation & Technology Committee serves as a public policy advocate on emerging technology issues to be addressed by government or by the private sector, and provides education and public awareness on technology-related policy issues.
The Legislative Committee is an invitation-only committee, which advises the GBC President & CEO on matters pertaining to legislative policy in the State House, Baltimore City Council and regional county governments.
The Planning & Project Development Committee examines planned or proposed economic development projects, initiatives or public policies impacting economic development in the Baltimore region. This committee serves as a forum to help the business community understand, participate in and influence regional economic development activity. It focuses on visionary and large-scale development projects, such as the future of the Inner Harbor.
The Transportation & Mobility Committee explores the "big picture" as it relates to national, state and local transportation issues. It serves as a forum to help the business community involve itself with policy issues such as transportation governance and the emerging role of public-private partnerships. It examines new revenue option such as congestion pricing, vehicle miles traveled taxation, and the creation of state and national infrastructure banks.
The Small Business Council serves as a voice for small business by studying and developing positions pertaining to issues affecting new and small businesses in the Baltimore region. Recommended members are companies that have fewer than 50 employees or have been in operation fewer than five years.
The GBC's Board of Directors identified strengthening relationships in the surrounding central Maryland counties as a priority of the organization. In order to expand involvement and build upon a more-regionally focused approach, the GBC formed three Regional Business Advisory Councils, chaired by GBC President & CEO Donald C. Fry, which are open to all GBC members.