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July 5, 2013

Bank Leaders Tour Baltimore Area

By Pamela Stallsmith

Richmond Fed leaders recently visited Baltimore, Md., to learn more about the region’s economy, focusing on additive manufacturing, the business of cybersecurity and health care.

The twice-yearly visits in areas around the Fifth District also let us help promote a better understanding of who we are and what we do in our work to strengthen the economy and our communities.

The trip, led by Bank President Jeffrey Lacker on May 15–16, started with a tour to Towson University’s Object Lab, a rapid technologies and digital fabrication lab that works with 3-D scanning and imaging, digital modeling, additive manufacturing and prototyping with four different types of printing technologies.

The next stop brought the group to Danko Arlington, a manufacturing company in Baltimore that specializes in military and commercial aluminum and bronze sand castings. Several years ago, the company invested in a 3-D printer and integrated this technology in its prototyping and patternmaking. A rapid technologies round table with representatives from area companies followed. That evening, Lacker spoke to a group of area business leaders about the economic outlook.

On May 16, Bank leaders learned about the business of cybersecurity at Fort Meade, the nation’s third largest Army post, and then heard from Maryland health care officials about the many sweeping changes facing that industry.

The Richmond Fed began holding regional economic forums in 2007. This year Bank leaders are visiting cities where the Richmond Fed has offices. The next forum will be in Charlotte on November 5–6. Watch a YouTube video of Steve Malone, assistant vice president in Outreach, discussing how these visits help us in our work on behalf of America’s economy.

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