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Maryland Business Community Responds to Key Bridge Tragedy

Mar 26, 2024

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The business community in Maryland is deeply saddened by the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge early this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by this devastating incident.

We express our deepest gratitude to the brave first responders who are working tirelessly on search and rescue efforts.

A tremendous impact on Maryland residents, businesses and communities

This tragedy has and will continue to tremendously impact the families who have lost loved ones, those who were directly affected, as well as surrounding communities, residents and businesses. As the voice of Maryland's business community, we stand ready to support those affected in any way we can during this difficult time.

While the focus remains on the human impacts, the Francis Scott Key Bridge is a critical transportation artery for our state. Its extended closure will inevitably disrupt commercial activities and supply chains.  Understanding the monumental task ahead to recover from this tragedy and restore this vital transportation link, we urge all residents and businesses to exercise patience and make the necessary long-term adjustments  to their daily routines, travel and operations.

In the face of such adversity, we must unite and support one another through this challenging period. The business community is committed to playing an active role in recovery efforts to help Maryland overcome this tragedy.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by this incident.

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About the Maryland Chamber of Commerce

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is the only statewide business advocacy organization and the leading voice for business in the state. Together with their 6,800+ members, they form a statewide coalition that is committed to ensuring that Maryland is attracting and retaining quality jobs, developing vibrant, sustainable communities and staying at the forefront of global competitiveness and economic prosperity.