GBC Announces Speaker Lineup for Inaugural Baltimore Region Investment Summit

Mayor Brandon Scott, CEO of Blackbird Labs Matt Trembly, and Executive Director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration Jonathan Daniels are among those announced today by the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) who will speak at the inaugural Baltimore Region Investment Summit, an official spinoff event of the prestigious SelectUSA Investment Summit that will showcase the Baltimore Region’s economic potential in an effort to attract investment. The summit serves as the first major business investment marketing milestone from the GBC since releasing the region’s investment scorecard and the organization’s 10-year plan “All In | 2035.”

The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the highest profile event in the United States to facilitate business investment by connecting thousands of investors, companies, economic development organizations (EDOs), and industry experts to make deals happen. The 2024 SelectUSA Investment Summit returns to National Harbor, Maryland from June 23 – 26, 2024, and features more than 5,000 participants and representatives from every state and territory in the U.S. The Baltimore Region will be represented as part of the Maryland exhibit and via a dedicated section in which the Commerce will showcase the 31 Tech Hubs.

“The Baltimore Region has a wealth of assets and opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors,” said Mark Anthony Thomas, president and CEO of the GBC. “Both SelectUSA and our spin-off event will serve as introductory steps to increase the pipeline of interest.”

The spin-off event speakers will include:

  • Opening Remarks: Mark Anthony Thomas, President and CEO of the GBC
  • Regional Branding Effort: Jeremie Feinblatt, Vice President of Strategy for Resonance Consultancy Ltd. (Resonance)
  • Baltimore Tech Hub Designation: Brian Pieninck, President & CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland; Kory Bailey, CEO of UpSurge Baltimore; Christy Wyskiel, Executive Director and Sr. Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures; Troy Lemaile-Stovall, CEO of TEDCO; Matt Tremblay, CEO of Blackbird Labs; and Mohan Suntha, CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and Chair of the GBC board.
  • Investment Opportunities in the Greater Baltimore Region: Shelonda Stokes, President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will moderate a panel with Calvin Ball III, Ed.D, County Executive of Howard County, and Mayor of Baltimore City Brandon Scott.
  • Infrastructure & Real Estate Investments: Speakers include Kathy Hollinger, CEO of the Greater Washington Partnership; Ricky Smith, BWI Chief of Staff & Government/External Affairs at BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport; Luigi Rosa, P.E., PMP, CCM, Vice President of Amtrak; Max Beatty, Principal at Beatty Development Group; Eddie Resende, CEO of the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI); Jonathan Daniels, Executive Director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration; Gordon Innes, Economic Development of Bloomberg Associates; Al Hutchinson, President & CEO of Visit Baltimore; Alicia Wilson, Managing Director and Head of Regional Philanthropy for North America at JPMorgan Chase; Tom Regnante, Managing Director & Maryland Market Executive at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Pothik Chatterjee, Chief Economic Officer of the GBC.

Attendees will delve into significant investments, including the newly designated Tech Hub, infrastructure projects, and quality of life enhancements and will gain valuable insights into the latest trends and developments shaping the Baltimore Region’s economic landscape.

In 2023, the Baltimore Region saw more than $4.2 billion in economic activity, encompassing $3.4 billion in real estate deals and nearly $1 billion in new early-stage capital funding. In October of last year, the Baltimore Region was officially designated as one of 31 federal Tech Hubs​ in the United States, positioning the region for a share of $10 billion in US CHIPS act federal funding to supercharge the artificial intelligence and biotechnology sectors. Home to a highly educated workforce, an active real estate development landscape, and a vibrant arts and cultural tourism economy, the Baltimore Region is a fast-growing hub of investment activity.

The summit will take place on June 27, 2024, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Brown Center, 1300 W Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217. Attendance to the summit requires participation in SelectUSA, an invitation from GBC’s partner organizations, or application as a potential business expanding into the region. Interested participants must register online via baltimoreinvest.org.

ABOUT THE GREATER BALTIMORE COMMITTEE

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore Region, providing insightful economic and civic leadership to drive collective impact. Comprised of more than 400 organizations, including large, mid-size, and small companies, nonprofits, foundations, and educational and healthcare institutions, the GBC is dedicated to fostering the prosperity of the Greater Baltimore region. For more information, visit gbc.org.