For immediate release:
January 8, 2016

Contact:
Hannah Marr hannah.marr@maryland.gov
Shareese Churchill shareese.churchill@maryland.gov
410-974-2316

Governor Larry Hogan Joins the Cordish Companies for Grand Opening of Spark Baltimore

Baltimore City’s Newest Collaborative Workspace

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today joined David Cordish, Chairman and CEO of The Cordish Companies, local business leaders, and entrepreneurs for the grand opening of Cordish’s latest project, Spark Baltimore. Located in The Offices at Power Plant Live, Spark is the city’s newest co-working space designed to provide entrepreneurs with unique office space and the opportunity to connect with other startups and company founders around the region. Spark boasts a host of amenities, including a high-end shared kitchen, gourmet coffee and craft beer bar, meeting rooms, and Crossfit gym access. More than two dozen members have signed up for Spark memberships.

“Our state has incredible research and development assets to develop new technologies and Spark Baltimore will help commercialize their ideas,” said Governor Hogan. “Spark Baltimore will connect the community by providing a home base for entrepreneurs and local companies and is yet another example that Maryland is open for business.”

“Governor Hogan’s leadership has been instrumental in the growth of our City and State’s economy and, in particular, in the launching of Spark which will be an important new economic engine for locally-owned, entrepreneurial businesses,” said David Cordish.

Designed by Baltimore firm The Verve Partnership, Spark’s 20,000-square-foot space has 52 desks in a co-working space; 26 individual offices, accommodating up to four people each; and three larger office suites. In addition to the physical amenities, Spark members have access to community events, programs for entrepreneurs and startups, after-hours meetups and networking opportunities. The space is set up to help businesses connect with different industry professionals, from education to health IT to finance. Spark works in concert with other co-working spaces, as well as incubators and accelerators across the Baltimore region to build a collaborative environment from which the entire shared office ecosystem can benefit.