BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Seeing green. The numbers are out from the Star Spangled Spectacular and the bicentennial celebration and Baltimore scored big.
Marcus Washington has the amount and a new title for the city associated with the events.
From June of 2013 with the Star Spangled Sailabration to the Star Spangled Spectacular in September, the city saw an economic impact of $333 million. To add to that, Baltimore’s city council just adopted a new slogan for the city: “Baltimore: Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner.”
Baltimore, a city known…well, as a lot of different things.
“The city that reads,” said Amanda Davis, Flag House.
“We were called `Mob Town’ for a while because of some election gangs that were running around and intimidating people back around the Civil War and Reconstruction,” said Mike Evitts, Downtown Partnership.
“And Charm City, I remember that. I don’t know if they are slogans but those are the things you hear a lot about,” Davis said.
Regardless of what it was known as before, move it to the side and welcome the new slogan: “Baltimore: Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner.”
“More than a slogan. It’s really a historic identifier. No other city can claim that role in our country’s history,” Evitts said.
The Baltimore City Council-approved slogan comes out just as the revenue numbers are released from the Star Spangled Spectacular and bicentennial event. Altogether, the events brought in a $333 million impact to our area, $196 directly from the event and $137 million spent around Baltimore and Maryland.
“It got people really excited and it brought a lot of visitation into our city, not just this year but two years ago and both those events have been a huge boom, tens of millions of dollars to our city,” Evitts said.
During the Star Spangled Celebration and the bicentennial events, millions of dollars were poured into the Baltimore area, impacting many businesses.
“We had at least 800 people through here in a three day period, which for us is an enormous amount of people to come through the small house on the corner and through our exhibit here,” said Davis.
An exhibit of the past that plays a role in how Baltimore is referred to in the future.
“I think it’s very fitting and something we should be proud of,” said Davis.
The new city slogan was presented to the council by Councilman James Kraft.
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