Mark Anthony Thomas, The Greater Baltimore Committee
President & Chief Executive Officer
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Noon – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Presentation
Greater Baltimore Committee Board Room
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202
Parking and Building Access
The LAI Baltimore January Presentation will be held in the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Boardroom, located at 111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1700. The GBC offices are above the Renaissance Hotel building.
There are numerous parking options located in close proximity to the GBC. If you choose to park in the underground garage, the entrances are on Calvert Street or South Street. When you enter the garage, park near the elevators labeled “OFFICES.” Take the elevator to first floor.
You’ll need to check in with the security guard, who will then show you to the elevators. You’ll proceed to the 17th floor. When you get off the elevators, the office is to the right. Please note that parking in this garage is a pay as you arrive set up with Premium Parking. You can pay via the app or the kiosk on level P1.
Baltimore’s Regional Tech Hub
This fall, the Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), announced that Baltimore Tech Hub in Central Maryland was designated as one of the 31 inaugural Tech Hubs in regions across the country that show potential for rapid growth in key technology sectors.
The Greater Baltimore Committee led a coalition of 38 local technology-focused organizations in the application process in August. The recent award of Tech Hub designation in October allows the coalition to guide future investment to the region’s technological innovation centers by leveraging regional research universities and institutions, research and development expertise, and existing capital investments already underway in the region.
Mark will review what went into the application process and what GBC believes the Baltimore Tech Hub effort can do to help to shape investment and job creation in the Region’s technology sector and ensure that Baltimore continues to be seen globally as a hub for biotechnology and high-tech innovation.
Mark Anthony Thomas is the new President & CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the first since the organization’s spring merger with the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB). Mark brings more than two decades of experience leading competitive economic development strategies and public-private partnerships for the nation’s largest and most complex metropolitan areas and a lifelong passion for communications, public policy, and cities.
Mark previously served as the President for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and worked with public officials, development and talent partners to position the region for more than $2 billion in capital investment, with more than 100 business expansion and development projects. He chaired the Board of Directors for the Power of 32 Site Development Fund, which deploys low-cost capital for regional development projects, and co-chaired a public partnership to reposition Pittsburgh’s downtown for the post-pandemic impact of remote and hybrid work.
Before PRA, Mark served as the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s first senior vice president of partnerships, establishing teams to foster and manage industry and international relationships and business attraction. He served a pivotal role in launching NYC’s $1.3 billion cluster investment strategy to catalyze more than 100,000 jobs through emerging growth sectors and neighborhood developments. Mark has also served in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration, leading efforts to craft and securing support to reform LA’s public works, real estate, and risk reduction operations and centralizing the city’s procurement function.
Before entering the public sector, Mark worked in the media sector, shaping content and investigative journalism on social impact, economic development, and effective governance. He received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and BA from the University of Georgia, and has served on several boards supporting college access,creative arts, and civic innovation.