World Trade Center Spotlight: Baltimore, Maryland

I am a Marylander.  I grew up in Baltimore, spent my summers on the Eastern Shore and lived near Annapolis for 11 years before moving to Tennessee. Maryland is a wonderful state with geographic variety such as mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Coast. It is often called the “Land of Pleasant Living”. I was raised on steamed hard shell crabs, silver queen corn and striped bass fish (rockfish).  Annapolis, the state capital, is a wonderful place to visit. We used to watch the Blue Angel’s Air Show at the United States Naval Academy, sail, sit at the harbor watching the boats and take the historic tours (the town was first settled in 1649). I remember the Baltimore harbor before its revitalization, now called the Inner Harbor, it is a fabulous place to see now! I love Maryland and its city Baltimore and continue to visit my family and friends there as much as I can.

Maryland is also known for: John Hopkins Hospital (the largest employer in the Baltimore area), over 350 biotech firms, and the second highest concentration of doctoral scientists and engineers in the U.S.  Its close proximity to Washington D.C. has made it a center for defense/aerospace industry and satellite government headquarters.

World Trade Center Institute


Officers: Deborah Kielty

Mission:  WTCI strives to drive the growth of Maryland’s flourishing global business community as Maryland’s Premier Global Business Partner.

Background:  Established in 1989 and licensed by the WTCA in 1991.  Financed jointly by area businesses and the State of Maryland. More than 2,500 Maryland firms benefit from WTCI.

Trade Focus:The Port of Baltimore (8th largest in the nation) plays a vital role in Maryland’s Economy.  It serves over 50 ocean carriers making nearly 1,800 annual visits.  Thirty-three million tons of cargo moved through the port in 2010.

Exports: Coal, corn, soybeans, lignite, coal coke, petroeum, and fuel oils.

Top Export Destinations: Canada is the largest destination by far.  Next are the Netherlands, China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, South Korea, Egypt, and Japan.

Imports:   Iron ore, petroleum, sugar, and fertilizers.  It is also one of the top auto ports in the U.S.

Services:  Many services are available for members of the WTCI including International Signature events, Internations Business Series, International Network Connections, and business services such as: Global Intelligence Briefs, International Traveler’s Packages, and an International Visitor’s Management. The WTCI also provides business connections, embassy contacts and personal introductions.  WTCI also has an International Visitors Program that arranges professional exchange programs.


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Contact Information:

World Trade Center Institute
401 East Pratt St. Suite 232
Baltimore, MD 21202

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