INNOVATION

In partnership with Baltimore City Community College, the city launched its Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship program, geared towards helping local residents gain employment in the energy sector through by providing mechanical skills training and certification. Read more at the Baltimore Business Journal.

 

COWORKING

WeWork announced it will open its first Baltimore location in 2020 at Wills Wharf in Harbor Point with space for more than 1,100 coworking members. The New York-based coworking provider has 287 locations in 23 countries. Read more at Technical.ly Baltimore.

 

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

New York-based Joss Realty Partners has purchased The Offices at Waterfront Center in Old Town Alexandria from Bethesda-based Finmarc Management for $29.6 million. The 90,000-square-foot property includes 50,000 square feet of office space and a 41,000-square-foot Sport & Health fitness club. Read more at BisNow.

 

TECHNOLOGY

A Consumer Reports survey released this week found Google Fiber’s TV service to the best among the 25 providers evaluated. Only 38 percent of the 176,000 members surveyed were highly-satisfied with pay-TV services. Read more at The New York Post.

 

TAXES

Seattle’s Finance and Administrative Services department reported the city has collected $5.8 million in revenue from its newly imposed soda tax in the second quarter of 2018. The 1.75 cent per fluid ounce tax went into effect six months ago and has collected $10.5 million in taxes since the beginning of the year. Read more at Fox Business.