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1 in tourism impact The county generated about $82.6 million through county admissions and amusement taxes, county hotel and motel taxes, and state tourism sales taxes. That was up from $66 million in fiscal Matthew Neitzey, executive director of the Prince George County Conference and Visitors Bureau, attributed most of the success to National Harbor and the county ability to attract interest in its sporting venues such as the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro and the Prince George Sports and Learning Complex and FedEx Field, both in Landover. are really starting to recognize the county stature as a sporting venue in the state, he said. Montgomery County was second with $76.1 million. The state total of $505.2 million was up from $486 million in fiscal tells armor firm to stop selling stock State officials have ordered a Westminster company to stop raising investments by touting its patented body armor system because, they say, it has no such patent. Gargoyles Inc. and John F. Curran III raised more than $2.3 million from at least 300 investors, mostly from Baltimore and Carroll counties, according to a statement from the state Attorney General Office, which issued a cease and desist order, and broke state securities laws. In a statement provided by its attorney, Edward E. Sharkey of Bethesda, Gargoyles disputes the allegations, the company does have provisional patents, and the allegations are based on dramatically inaccurate understanding and interpretation of the facts. The company said it is fully with the Attorney General Office and expects to be exonerated. Survey: Faith in economy reaches a high point Confidence in the Greater Washington metropolitan economy reached its highest point since February 2009, according to a new economic survey by the Greater Washington Board of Trade. leaders have overall positive perceptions of the current economic conditions and expect the economy to continue improving. Sixty eight percent of regional business executives surveyed said current business and economic conditions in the region are good while 16 percent said bad. This is a 21 percentage point jump toward the positive since December and a 40 point leap since February 2009. Forty nine percent of business executives report that their company overall financial situation has improved over the past year, while 30 percent say it has stayed the same. Twenty percent say it has declined. Nearly three fourths of Greater Washington business executives expect their businesses to strengthen over the next year, up 14 percentage points from December. An increase in revenue and/or sales is expected by 73 percent of survey respondents, compared with 55 percent in December. Baltimore board OK Grand Prix racing deal Baltimore officials say they like the idea of IndyCar racing coming to their city. The city Board of Estimates approved a 5 year agreement Wednesday with Baltimore Racing Development to allow for an IndyCar Baltimore Grand Prix street racing event around the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards in August of 2011. What needed now is approval by the Indy Racing League. Tim Richardson of John Maroon PR, which handles publicity for BRD, said, greatly furthers BRD efforts . we have crossed a major hurdle here, and now it in the hands of the IRL. What we can say is we are 100 percent partners with the city of Baltimore. Richardson said BRD will be meeting with the IRL soon and that should know by early June if Baltimore will have a 2011 Grand Prix Race. than 100,000 people would attend a Baltimore Grand Prix race, making it a economic boost for the city, according to information from Baltimore city government. Over five years, the race is expected to generate $11 million in direct city tax revenue, create nearly 2000 full time equivalent jobs and $250 million in spending injected into the City economy, according to an economic impact report released Wednesday by BRD. Judge dismisses melaminesuit against Synutra Synutra International of Rockville, which provides infant formula in China, has won a $950 million federal court battle with parents who say their babies were poisoned by Synutra products during the melamine contamination scandal in 2008. District Court Judge Deborah K. Chasanow dismissed the suit, saying the parents of the 53 babies should instead seek redress in Chinese courts. The parents, who have appealed the ruling to the Fourth Circuit, are seeking $500 million in punitive damages, plus compensatory damages. The parents claim their children developed kidney stones and other ailments from drinking Synutra products that contained melamine, an industrial chemical added to some Chinese dairy products to boost their protein levels, according to Synutra information. About a half dozen deaths and tens of thousands of illnesses were reported, and some Chinese dairy executives have been convicted in connection with the scandal. Magazine: Rockville No. 10 for startups Rockville is ranked No. 10 in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek survey on the best cities for startups. It was the only mid Atlantic city on the list and one of only three on the East Coast. The top three cities were Boulder, Colo.; Boca Raton, Fla.; and Santa Monica, Calif. Rockville was cited as the epicenter of the suburban Washington biotech industry, with proximity to universities and federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. Among Rockville 56,900 residents, 26.2 percent are professionals and 57.5 percent have a bachelor degree or higher. are thrilled to be recognized for our entrepreneurial business climate, said Sally Sternbach, executive director of Rockville Economic Development Inc., in a statement. . It is an honor to be recognized nationally as a top location for start ups. due to a longstanding failure to correct many serious problems with the pumps. Infusion pumps deliver fluids, including nutrients and medications, into a patient body in a controlled manner. The FDA believes there may be as many as 200,000 of such pumps in use, mainly in hospitals and other clinical settings. Additionally, the FDA ordered the company to provide refunds to customers or replace pumps at no cost to customers. The FDA has been working with Baxter since 1999 to correct numerous device flaws. Since then, Colleague pumps have been the subject of several recalls for battery swelling, inadvertent power off, service data errors and other issues, according to FDA information. State hospitals join global hygiene campaign Maryland hospitals have joined the World health Organization international campaign to improve hand hygiene. The campaign, LIVES: Clean your Hands, is part of an international effort to reduce health care associated infections. For the past six months, state hospitals already have participated in the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative, which was launched in November and is building on the hand hygiene compliance activities at individual hospitals, according to the Maryland Hospital Association. Maryland we understand that hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection and thereby save lives, said state Health Secretary John Colmers in a statement. hand hygiene collaborative is just one initiative of the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council aimed at creating the healthiest Maryland possible. It is also a prime example of how government and the private sector can work together to improve our health system. company acquires Netcordia Network infrastructure services provider Netcordia of Annapolis has been acquired by Infoblox of Santa Clara, Calif., which offers similar services. Terms were not disclosed. Infoblox will absorb all Netcordia employees, assets and products, according to company information. The acquisition will help enterprise customers automate a greater share of manual network related tasks and procedures to ultimately reduce operating expenses, according to Infoblox information.