City of Baltimore is/was a member of City Accelerator

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Notes Baltimore Exploring ways to link residents most in need of support to opportunities and resources that will enable them to thrive. Baltimore is focused on the power of connections. This means finding ways to connect low-income residents with jobs by capitalizing on the purchasing and hiring needs of the City’s many anchor institutions. In addition, Baltimore is focused on reducing recidivism and supporting residents returning from incarceration. On the one hand, although Baltimore is rich with resources like “ed and med” institutions and a pipeline of investment and redevelopment projects, pervasive poverty still plagues the city–especially along racial lines. This reality came to a head following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. To improve the economic well-being of its low-income residents, Baltimore is harnessing anchor institutions’ hiring and purchasing needs; to date, targeted efforts have provided workforce services for more than 1,200 individuals, job training for over 500, and placed 800 people into job opportunities. BACK TO WORK 800 PEOPLE IN JOBS Efforts in Baltimore have placed 800 people into job opportunities. In addition, the City recognized that many residents returning home from prison or jail were unaware of the resources and support services available to them. To combat this problem, their City Accelerator team built “Here 4 Reentry,” an online, mobile-friendly platform that offers a toolkit of resources for formerly incarcerated citizens to connect and share experiences. The goals of these efforts are to reduce recidivism, decrease rates of violent crime, and ultimately give residents the support that they need to rebuild their lives. Baltimore’s efforts to make government more innovative and responsive to residents are bolstered by its participation in the Project on Municipal Innovation. WORK IN BALTIMORE City Accelerator The City Accelerator, an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation, works within and across cities to advance and promote the spread of promising innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of residents. BLOG POST by Eric Gordon, Nov 18, 2015 Improving Public Engagement: 5 Cities Get to Work BLOG POST by Ron Littlefield, Jul 9, 2015 Bringing Back ‘Baltimore is Best!' The Catalyst Funds: Our Impact Investing We deploy concessionary, flexible debt from socially motivated investors to improve the lives of low-income people and the communities where they live. BLOG POST by Elizabeth Reynoso & Santiago Carrillo, Jun 11, 2019 Building Local Startup Ecosystems That Work for Entrepreneurs of Color BLOG POST by Nadia Owusu, Apr 4, 2014 Celebrating the First Three Years of the Integration Initiative The Integration Initiative Our signature, multi-city initiative supports cities that are reshaping programs, policies and resource allocation to achieve enduring change that benefits low-income people. BLOG POST by Brittany Ramos DeBarros, Mar 24, 2016 Just Do It TOGETHER: Rapid Reflections from Day 2 of the Integration Initiative Learning Community BLOG POST by Jeff Raderstrong, Mar 23, 2016 Just Do It TOGETHER: Rapid Reflections from Day 1 of the Integration Initiative Learning Community The Project on Municipal Innovation We work with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center to convene and support a network of mayoral chiefs of staff and policy leaders who advance transformative change through innovation in city government to improve the lives of residents. BLOG POST by Alan Berube, Sep 29, 2015 Beyond Baltimore: Thoughts on Place, Race, and Opportunity
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