Baltimore made the newest Fortune 500 list by the skin of its teeth — with a company that was based here last year but is now part of an out-of-state concern.
Five other companies from Maryland made the list, all from
The Baltimore region's long loss of big corporate headquarters — from banks to manufacturers — has had ripple effects beyond the area's collective psyche.
Small and medium-sized businesses rely on large companies for business, said
"One of the other aspects of the loss is that large corporations are often able to supply the business community with a voice," Basu said. "And the voice of business in Baltimore and in Maryland remains extraordinarily weak, in large measure due to a lack of large-company corporate leadership."
Many of the region's remaining big employers can't make the Fortune 500 because they're not for-profit companies. Among the institutions with the most jobs locally: the