Economic and Community Growth
Baltimore’s comeback story can only be written when people are inspired to live, work and play here. To accomplish this, we must do two things at once: ensure current and legacy residents are thriving, while ensuring the next generation of Baltimoreans feel proud to live in the greatest city in America. In the First District, we’ve grown by more than 5,000 people at a time when the City’s population was otherwise decreasing. We’ve built four state-of-the-art public schools and restarted a long sidelined affordable housing project, while welcoming new small businesses and larger anchor companies to the district.
Those schools can and should be a pipeline for many students into middle class jobs through career technology education programs. Our city is also home to an incredible amalgam of colleges and universities, graduating thousands of bright minds each year. We need to avoid a brain drain and retain that talent in Baltimore: College graduates who put down roots beyond those four years, becoming engaged employees and residents.