Monthly Archives: April 2016

Competition is fine, but not when the new guy gets $25m to $30m of taxpayer $s, Mr Burgess

The hotel competition itself is fine, Mr Burgess. What is NOT fine is competition underwritten by upfront government subsidies to the tune of $25m to $30m plus the City accepting responsibility for the operating losses of the associated conference center. … Continue reading

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Questions to City on ‘our lobbyist’ congratulated for help

At the April 13 event celebrating the promises of state money for the downtown hotel conference center project among those entities thanked was Greenwill Consulting Group, described by Earl Robbins the City’s  hotel advisory committee chairman as “our lobbyist” in … Continue reading

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Maryland Stadium Authority asked to fund private conference hotel in Frederick

By Peter Samuel For MarylandReporter.com 20160421 Maryland Stadium Authority officials begin talks soon with a Frederick team over a complicated deal for a public-private partnership to finance a $70 million downtown conference center hotel on Frederick’s Carroll Creek Park.

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Where we stand in the battle against the hotel boondoggle

Supporters of the downtown hotel boondoggle were joyous over having managed to pull off a last minute victory in gaining state funding for the downtown hotel in Frederick. Opponents played the game in Annapolis fair and square. We adhered to … Continue reading

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Comment on claim that conference center “privately financed”

Don Burgess calls it a proposed private financing of the conference center (CC) on the basis that private individuals and private entities will buy the state stadium authority’s bonds issued on behalf of the CC. By that logic our schools, … Continue reading

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Jaw dropping – letter in Frederick News-Post and comments that followed

An editorial The Frederick News-Post ran Aug. 11, 2013, led off: “While it’s still early stages for the hotel and conference center planned for downtown, we have to confess our jaws dropped slightly at the estimated price tag the city … Continue reading

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Maryland Stadium Authority asked to fund private conference hotel facing difficult dealmaking with City of Frederick (for Maryland Reporter)

Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) officials begin talks soon with a Frederick team over a complicated deal for a public-private partnership to finance a $70 million downtown conference center hotel on Frederick’s Carroll Creek Park. The MSA is reluctant to lend … Continue reading

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FREDERICK’S $70 MILLION DOWNTOWN HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER: BOON OR BOONDOGGLE? (Maryland Policy Report)

CITY OF FREDERICK LEADERS HAVE LONG WANTED A NEW DOWNTOWN hotel. The city’s last grand downtown hotel, the Francis Scott Key, closed decades ago, along with a handful of smaller and more modest facilities. Today, Frederick’s urban core is served … Continue reading

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Maryland Stadium Authority asked to fund private conference hotel facing difficult dealmaking with City of Frederick – for Maryland Reporter

Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) officials begin talks soon with a Frederick team over a complicated deal for a public-private partnership to finance a $70 million downtown conference center hotel on Frederick’s Carroll Creek Park. The MSA is reluctant to lend … Continue reading

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The jaw dropping hotel boondoggle LTE FN Post

An editorial the Frederick News-Post ran August 11, 2013 led off: “While it’s still early stages for the hotel and conference center planned for downtown, we have to confess our jaws dropped slightly at the estimated price tag the city … Continue reading

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