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<b><u>Clark Picks Up Four Awards</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>School, Housing Among Winners For Bethesda Construction Co.</i><@SM><@SM><TAB>The <b>Clark Construction Group</b>, based in Bethesda, recently picked up four awards from the <b>Associated Builders and Contractors</b> of Metropolitan Washington in the 2000 excellence in construction competition.

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Retail Market Looks Good, But Big Boxes Need Space

<TAB>Scattered signs show the national economy cresting the latest wave of prosperity, but in the Mid-Atlantic region, cash registers continue to ring and retail markets continue to expand.<@SM><@SM><TAB>From New Jersey through Virginia, retail markets are being slowed by the lack of fresh land on which to build rather than a waning economy. Fewer projects are on the drawing board, but job growth, low vacancy rates and strong absorption continue to fuel a pipeline of proposals and new retailers scouting the region.<@SM><@SM>[IMGCAP(1)]<TAB>National chains continue their march through Mid-Atlantic market expansions begun in the last half-decade. Space constraints in more mature markets such as Baltimore are helping to push the envelope of creativity as developers and retailers pair up for intriguing redevelopments of older sites.

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From Catalog to Bricks and Mortar

<TAB>Coldwater Creek is making the leap from catalog to bricks and mortar with plans to put as many as 80 stores in 29 states across the country over the next five years.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Sandpoint, Idaho-based purveyor of women

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WEEK IN REVIEW

<b><u>Lewin Announces Resignation</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Top Economic Development Official Set to Return to the Private Sector</i><@SM><@SM><TAB>To the surprise of many in government and business, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary <b>Richard C. Mike Lewin</b> announced that he will step down as the state

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BWI Takes Off … As a Real Estate Market

With “big plans” for her fledgling fiber-optics assembly company, Susan Trumbule needed to find a location that would foster corporate strength and growth. In the ring of real estate surrounding Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Trumbule, a corporate executive officer for iPhotonics Inc., believes she has found exactly what her company requires.[IMGCAP(1)] <br /><br />The local work force is strong; her competition in Howard County and Northern Virginia is close but not too close; rent is reasonable; the company’s offices are conveniently located next to two major highways; and, of course, BWI — the second fastest-growing airport in the nation — is right next door.

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Woodman, Spare Those Trees

<TAB>Several plans to uproot the trees of a 100-acre sylvan refuge in the Woodberry section of Baltimore to build parking lots and athletic fields have neighborhood residents up in arms and fighting to preserve one of the city

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NEWS SUMMARY – Updated 11:10 A.M.

Updated items in italics.Prometric in Japanese Joint VenturePrometric, the Baltimore-based technology-based testing division of Thomson Learning, announced today the formation of a joint venture with the Recruit Group, Japan’s leading employment information-based publisher. The new company, to be based in ...

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