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Collectively We Rise: The Business Case for Economic Inclusion in Baltimore

This new report highlights ongoing initiatives to create jobs through economic inclusion in Baltimore.  Through interviews, it documents best practices and finds that the strategies create benefits for individuals, businesses and institutions.  The report calls for broader participation by businesses and institutions as well as people-focused investments and policies.

Collectively We Rise:  The Business Case for Economic Inclusion in Baltimore

June 2018 | Author: Scott Hebert | Data Analysis: University of Baltimore Jacob France Institute

“Economic inclusion” is about taking proactive steps to identify and remove barriers that have denied segments of Baltimore’s population, and particularly persons of color, pathways to economic opportunity and advancement. This report presents the case of why in it’s the self-interest of every Baltimore business and the region’s educational and healthcare “anchor” institutions to incorporate economic inclusion efforts as part of their standard business practices. The report uses a variety of case studies and testimonials from Baltimore business representatives actively engaged in inclusion to illustrate the concrete economic benefits of those activities for individuals businesses, and institutions, and for the Baltimore region as a whole. The publication presents evidence demonstrating not only that businesses and anchor institutions can engage in the economic inclusion work without negatively affecting their bottom lines – but also that such activities actually provide many opportunities for businesses to enhance their brands, markets and sales. The report also outlines a broad range of tested strategies that businesses and anchor institutions, working in partnership with each other, community organizations and leaders, and government entities, can use to maximize the effectiveness and impact of their economic inclusion efforts.

 

Report Documents
Full Report (PDF)

Appendix 1: Profiles of BIP Anchor Institution Economic Inclusion Activities (PDF)

Appendix 2: Minority- and Black/African American-owned Business Analysis (PDF)

Appendix 3: Selected National Reports and Reports from Other States Examining Economic Inclusion Issues (PDF)

Press Release (PDF)

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The BIP is posting and featuring chapters excerpted from the full report above. Below are the sections that are now available.
What is Economic Inclusion – And Why Is This Concept So Important for Baltimore? (Chapter 1)
    Defining Economic Inclusion
    The Historic Roots of Poverty in Baltimore
    The Fallout from Disinvestment and Discriminatory Practices
    Strengths to Build On
Why Should Baltimore Businesses and Anchor Institutions Care About Promoting Economic Inclusion? (Chapter 2)
    The Benefits of Economic Inclusion
    The Benefits from Economic Inclusion Efforts for Individual Businesses or Anchor Institutions
What Can Baltimore Businesses and Anchor Institutions Do to Promote Greater Economic Opportunity?(Chapter 3)
    Profiles of Economic Inclusion Efforts by Small and Medium-Sized Baltimore Businesses
    Profiles of Economic Inclusion Efforts by Larger Businesses and Anchor Institutions
    Profiles of Economic Inclusion Activities Conducted by Larger Partnerships
    Other Efforts that Support Economic Inclusion
What Lessons Can Baltimore’s Prior Economic Inclusion Efforts Offer Us? (Chapter 4)
    Changing the Internal Institutional Culture
    Engaging with Community
    Capacity to Undertake Economic Inclusion
    Finding Qualified Firms
    Finding Qualified Labor
    Persistent Challenges
What Is The Role of Government In Fostering Increased Economic Inclusion In The Baltimore Region? (Chapter 5)
    City of Baltimore Economic Inclusion Programs and Tools
    State of Maryland Economic Inclusion Programs and Tools
Conclusions And Key Recommendations
    Why Increased Business Engagement and Expanded Economic Inclusion Efforts Are So Necessary?
    How Can Other Businesses and Anchor Institutions Get Engaged?
    Suggested Actions for Baltimore-Area Businesses and Anchor Institutions Interested in Economic Inclusion Efforts
    What Additional Actions Can Baltimore Stakeholders Take To Foster Broader Economic Inclusion Efforts?
    Conclusions

 

 

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2018 News and Press

September 28, 2018

Baltimore Integration Partnership Update

  • Overcoming Challenges to Economic Inclusion
  • BIP and Made in Baltimore Kick-off New Initiative
  • Humanim Admin Program Kicks-Off Third Year with New Co-Cohort
  • MICA’s BCAN Program Founder Fellows are “Paying it Forward”
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Recruiting for Next Class
  • In the News
  • Baltimore Resources to Support Economic Inclusion

July 18, 2018

Baltimore Integration Partnership Update

  • What Is Economic Inclusion – And Why Is This Concept So Important for Baltimore?
  • Port Covington – Are You Ready to BID?  Vendor Open House
  • Baltimore Hosts National Anchor Collaborative Convening
  • Made in Baltimore Releases The State of Urban Manufacturing: Baltimore City Snapshot
  • In the News
  • Family Supporting Jobs in the Baltimore Region
  • Baltimore Resources to Support Economic Inclusion

 

June 29, 2018

Collectively We Rise: The Business Case for Economic Inclusion in Baltimore

The Baltimore Integration Partnership is pleased to release “Collectively We Rise: The Business Case for Economic Inclusion in Baltimore.”  The report highlights dozens of ongoing initiatives to create jobs through economic inclusion. Through interviews, it documents best practices and finds that the strategies create benefits for individuals, businesses and institutions.  The report concludes by calling for broader participation by businesses and institutions supported by people-focused investments and policies.

May 31, 2018

Baltimore Integration Partnership Update

  • ICCC Launches in Baltimore: Development Program for Businesses Now Open for Applications
  • Maryland New Directions Hosting Employment Resource and Job Fair
  • New! Directory of Resources and Intermediaries to Help Find Minority-owned, Women-owned, and Local Business Enterprises
  • Building Community Partnerships to Strengthen Local Hiring
  • Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to Maryland’s Workforce
  • HopkinsLocal 2nd Year Progress Report
  • Analysis of Patterns of Employment by Race in Baltimore City and the Baltimore Metropolitan Area
  • New Website Launched
  • In the News
  • Employer Directory of Workforce Organizations to Help Hire Locally

May 29, 2018
Building Community Partnerships to Strengthen Local Hiring” – TU Innovates

  • April 6 – The Colored Waiting Room – The American Civil Rights Movement Then and Now
  • Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to Maryland’s Workforce
  • Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Coming to Baltimore
  • The Criminalization of Poverty: How to Break the Cycle through Policy Reform in Maryland
  • Recruiting Underway for Next Round of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
  • MICA Launches New Book Store Featuring Made in Baltimore Products
  • BIP and Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Host Reverse Vendor Fair
  • In the News
  • Employer Directory of Workforce Organizations to Help Hire Locally

January 17, 2018

The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Integration Partnership to Host “Open to Growth: A Procurement & Reverse Vendor Fair for Small Businesses” – Global Newswire

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Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to Maryland’s Workforce

The Baltimore Integration Partnership partnered with Towson University and the Governor’s Workforce Development Board to host our 3rd Annual Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum on May 16th 2018.  This year’s forum was focused on “Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to Maryland’s Workforce” and was attended by representatives from area communities, businesses, nonprofits, anchor institutions, and government agencies.  News coverage, PowerPoints, and video of the event are now available.

1) Full Agenda (includes links to slide presentations)

2) Featured Workforce Outlook Presentation: Employment and Racial Disparities in Maryland’s Workforce Pipeline (PowerPoint)
Michael Siers, Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute

3) Whats Working and Why:  The Lightning Presentations (Link to YouTube Speaker Videos)

  • Opening Up Barriers to Wealth for Frontline Workers of Color
    Clair Minson of Associated Black Charities,
  • Building an Inclusive Organization in Five Steps
    Leah Cox of Towson University
  • Creating Economic Inclusion via Purchasing and Hiring Goals
    Kylie Patterson of Johns Hopkins University
  • Jumpstarting Careers in the Construction Industry
    Willy Moore of Southway Builders
  • Taking a Chance on Moms
    Tammira Lucas of Moms as Entrepreneurs
  • Exceeding Diversity Goals to Make Greater Impacts
    Calvin Butler of Baltimore Gas and Electric
  • Addressing the Workforce Shortage of Women in Computer Science
    Heather Lageman of the Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland.
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Lessons from Five Years of Economic Inclusion and Partnership in Baltimore

Baltimore is fortunate to have billions of dollars in active investment underway in water/sewer improvements, schools and redevelopment projects, as well as a very strong set of higher education and medical institutions (a.k.a. anchor institutions) that are the city’s largest employers. Yet, we also have systemic economic challenges, poverty and hopelessness that came to a head last April in the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray. In order for Baltimore to make strong inroads into addressing the economic challenges, we need to do a better job of leveraging our assets and investments in new ways. Read more here >>

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BIP Round 1 Highlights and Outcomes

The video and evaluation report by Community Science reflect on the partners, goals, activities, and investments of the first phase of the BIP which launched in 2011 and ended in 2013. The initiative was a collaborative effort to expand opportunities for low-income residents and communities in Baltimore by unifying job opportunities with revitalization investment.

Watch the video here>>

Read the full report here>>

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