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September 2012 Archives

Maryland county could lease 219 acres to natural gas firm

Maryland's Calvert County could be home to an expanded plant that would allow for the export of natural gas. The county's Board of County Commissioners recently unanimously agreed to continue preparations to lease two properties to Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas, which is looking to expand the capability of its existing facility. Dominion Cove is seeking approximately 219 acres of land, about 119 of which are owned by the county. The remaining 100 acres are privately owned.

Maryland launches pro-entrepreneur initiative

Maryland hopes to encourage entrepreneurs and prospective business owners with the launch of a new statewide initiative dubbed Startup Maryland, recently launched through support from the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. The goal of the program is to help connect entrepreneurs from across the state to each other, as well as the resources and support networks needed to start new businesses. "The heart of innovation is diversity," explained a co-chair of Startup Maryland. "Sometimes when you get in with a community it's the same old faces everywhere you go. Having thoughts from outside the community is good always improves on innovation."

Federal mediators hope to prevent strike in Maryland

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service recently announced plans to resume contract negotiation talks with the U.S. Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen's Association, possibly to assuage fears that a strike by dockworkers could stifle the still-recovering economy. The ILA has not had a strike in over three decades, but officials like the former chief of the Federal Maritime Commission are concerned that changes in the union could damage East and Gulf coast markets if not addressed.

Settlement with publishers over e-book price-fixing reached

Maryland and several other states agreed to a $69 million settlement with three major U.S. publishers. Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Hachette Book Group were accused of price-fixing for electronic books in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. An attorney general with one of the states included in the settlement called the behavior "anti-competitive and inconsistent with the free market approach that it critical to our economy. Today's settlements provide refunds to customers who paid artificially inflated prices for e-books." A total of 55 attorneys general from U.S. states, territories and districts were included in the settlement.

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