United Way of Central Maryland names new board chair

United Way of Central Maryland has named Johns Hopkins Medicine executive Patricia M.C. Brown as the new chair of its board of directors. Brown, senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine and president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC, has been on the nonprofit’s board since 2006. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Lockheed profit up, despite federal budget cuts

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin reported higher profit for its most recent quarter on Tuesday and said automatic government spending cuts are taking less of a toll on the company than it had anticipated. Earlier this year, the world’s largest defense contractor had said it expected that sequestration — or the automatic cuts -- would wipe out $825 million in anticipated annual revenue. But on Tuesday, Bruce L. Tanner, Lockheed’s chief financial officer, said the forecast has improved and that other military accounts, such as operations and maintenance spending, are taking more of the blow from sequestration. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland ranks high for solar energy added in 2012

Maryland ranked eighth in the country in terms of new solar energy capacity added in 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by an environmental group. Maryland added 74 megawatts of solar power last year, according to the report released by the Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the state’s air, water and open spaces. California led the nation, increasing its capacity by 1,033 megawatts in 2012. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Four Seasons promotes same-sex weddings

Take a look at the brochures for most wedding venues and, chances are, you’ll see the traditional bride and groom. But not at the Four Seasons, located in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood. The four-star luxury hotel has some new brochures that include same-sex couples. (Balt. Sun)

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Pie Five Pizza Co. plans to enter Baltimore market with 12 locations

Pie Five Pizza Co., a developing fast-casual pizza chain, plans to open as many as 12 locations in the Baltimore region. Franchisee Jeff Mengel, the managing partner for four Five Guys locations in the Baltimore area, will oversee development of the stores. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Adventist HealthCare prepping cheaper bid to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital

Adventist HealthCare will soon try again to obtain Maryland regulators' permission to build a new hospital in White Oak, this time planning a "significantly less" costly project with a more traditional funding scheme, two executives said Tuesday. Adventist, dealt twin blows when regulators rejected two separate plans to build new Montgomery County hospitals in 2011 and 2012, will take the first steps Aug. 2 toward trying again to relocate Washington Adventist Hospital from Takoma Park farther north. They continue to call the relocation crucial to its long-term survival. (Gazette)

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Gaithersburg council members grill Pepco on reliability, higher rates

Gaithersburg’s mayor and council took advantage of a meeting with Pepco representatives Monday evening to ask tough questions about reliability and rate increases. Two representatives for the utility, regional vice president for Maryland Jerry Pasternak and program manager Susan Marinelli, educated the mayor and council on two new energy-saving programs for the public. The programs provide initiatives for customers to reduce their power consumption, especially on days of high use, in order to reduce strain on the grid. But, the council was more interested in Pepco’s past performance. (Gazette)

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Companies picked for Advance Maryland program 

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore announced that five Maryland companies have been selected out of 21 applicants to participate in Advance Maryland, a business pilot program designed to support second-stage companies that are growth-oriented and have moved beyond the startup phase. (Daily Record)

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