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Turns out only 250 Pandora employees will be coming to Baltimore

The 600 employment figure touted yesterday was incorrect

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A Pandora charm bracelet by Lonnel Britain from Pinterest.

Photo by: Pandora Charms

According to yesterday’s fanfare of press releases by both the city and company, Pandora Jewelry was moving 600 employees from Columbia to the Inner Harbor to occupy the 250 West Pratt Street building.

In a press release titled “Pandora Jewelry Plans Move to Charm City,” Pandora itself stated that the company would rent 87,862 square feet of the building, “quickly becoming one of the city’s largest employers with over 600 employees.”

A press release from the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) echoed the same employment figure, followed by remarks from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lauding the move as a sign of Baltimore’s rejuvenation as a business center.

Turns out, though, that only 250 employees are scheduled to move to downtown Baltimore in the first quarter of 2015.

Chief operating officer Scott Burger confirmed that number to The Brew this morning, saying that 150 employees will stay behind in Columbia, where the company will turn its present space on Robert Fulton Drive into an operational center.

Burger said the company has more than 200 people in the field, accounting for its “over 600 employees” in the U.S.

This morning the mayor’s office acknowledged that the 250 employment figure was correct. Earlier, the mayor’s spokesman used the 600 number.

Given the Danish company’s rapid expansion in the U.S., Burger said he hoped that employment will increase in Baltimore.

“We see over time a lot of growth, especially in downtown,” he said. “And we now have the space [at 250 West Pratt] to support that.”

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  • CB

    Just like the Brew to rain on Baltimore’s parade.

    • Gerald Neily

      So CB, you regard the separation of facts from hype as “rain on Baltimore’s parade.”

      • CB

        My point was that the Brew always finds a way to pop the balloon of good news in Baltimore. It’s like dashing your kids pride when he gets an A- on a test, and you ask him “Why didn’t you get an A?”

        • Sean Tully

          No, it’s more like asking your kid why he even wasted his time taking the bloody test in the first place because no matter how well he does the praise will go to the other “new” kid on the block, i.e., the city gives tax breaks to all these people it wants to attract but gives no meaningful tax breaks to current residents.

          • Keith

            ^^ Exactly. The Mayor will succeed in attracting 10,000 new families, and will loose 20,000 existing families in the process.

          • ushanellore

            She has enough RATS to make up for the net people loss. From my understanding the rat population is exploding.

          • Lizzie 58

            All the Mayor needs do is use the same City employee who counted and reported the jobs for the Pandora deal. Then the Mayor will only need 4,100 families, but she can announce that she has reached her goal of 10,000. It is called the “we stopped counting because we were close enough, more or less, and you know getting the accurate count is just so old school and we do not buy into this truthfulness thing for talking points and press releases, which we prefer the residents to ignore because we are really only talking to people who do not live in Baltimore and can help us with our next job; and in the end, all we really like to do is google the numbers” rule.

          • http://www.atomicfangirl.com Denise

            Getting to her 10k families would mean that she’d have to start strengthening city services like trash removal, street sweeping, yada yada. And she’d rather give businesses tax breaks for folks who live elsewhere than spend money making the city more liveable. It’s all about appearances!

            (Fun Fact: my neighborhood, Pigtown, got street sweeping recently. Yay! But apparently there’s no $$$ in the budget for signage in the neighborhood. So nobody moves their cars, and the street stays filthy. But SRB gets to say she’s doing something. Go team!)

        • Gerald Neily

          It’s like your kid saying he got an A and then finding out he rigged it and really only got a C- after giving the teacher “tax incentives”.

    • ushanellore

      It’s Pandora that has rained on the parade,
      what a good deal the Great Danes have made
      when it’s all over–
      it’s you and I who would have paid,
      for the bracelet boys to pick up and migrate
      at our drooling invite to our shade–
      where genuflection is known as tax break.

    • ushanellore

      It’s Pandora that has rained on the parade,
      what a good deal the Great Danes have made
      when it’s all over–
      it’s you and I who would have paid,
      for the bracelet boys to pick up and migrate
      at our drooling invite to our shade–
      where genuflection is known as tax break.

    • ushanellore

      It’s Pandora that has rained on the parade,
      what a good deal the Great Danes have made
      when it’s all over–
      it’s you and I who would have paid,
      for the bracelet boys to pick up and migrate
      at our drooling invite to our shade–
      where genuflection is known as tax break.

    • ushanellore

      It’s Pandora that has rained on the parade,
      what a good deal the Great Danes have made
      when it’s all over–
      it’s you and I who would have paid,
      for the bracelet boys to pick up and migrate
      at our drooling invite to our shade–
      where genuflection is known as tax break.

  • bmorepanic

    Did these guys also get a tax break?

    • baltimorebrew

      Pandora will be eligible for the following tax credits under the state’s Enterprise (“EZ”) program:

      • A 10-year, 80% credit against Baltimore real property taxes on improvements to their office space.

      • A 10-year, 80% credit against Baltimore personal property taxes on personal property investment.

      • A one-time $1,500 credit per new employee working in Baltimore City.

  • Lizzie 58

    The numbers count and so does the truth. 250 jobs is still good news for the City, but someone in the City Administration did not do their job and verify how many jobs would be coming to 250 West Pratt (no one should get away with being wrong by 350). Everyone yesterday– the Mayor, BDC, Downtown Partnership, the Baltimore Sun — was shouting out the 600 jobs. All of those entities are now reporting 250, but did so only after the Brew told the citizens of the mistake.

    Good catch, Brew.

  • Carol C

    Grand opening, Grand closing. Nothing last long at the Inner Harbor. It is like a ghost town down there.

  • Sean Tully

    Why is it Baltimore City can give tax breaks to businesses and apartment builders they want to attract to the city but can’t give current residents a meaningful tax break in order to keep us?

  • halstevens

    I just paid 42% of my real estate tax bill to the City. That should be close enough for them, right?

  • SteveK

    Someone opened Pandora’s box and checked facts? Good work, Brew crew.

    • ushanellore

      And out CB flew,
      To excoriate the Brew crew,
      That’s why Zeus knew,
      Pandora’s box should be shut tight
      with super glue–
      and never be opened
      for curiosity’s full view.

      Look down for CB’s downer on the Brew Crew.
      And savor how tastes differ and opinions too.

      Usha Nellore

  • Lizzie 58

    This story gets nuttier and nuttier. The BBJ is reporting that the number of Pandora employees coming to 250 West Pratt is 141. The number given to the Mayor by BDC and others was off by 449. The 250 job number given by Scott Burger came from counting visitors and franchise owners who stop by. Like BDC, obviously no one at Pandora can count either.

    So the City gave tax breaks to company with 141 employees. Nice going.

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