Data and Research

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 activities to illustrate the concrete economic benefits of those activities, both for individual 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.

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)


May 2018

Intermediaries can play a critical role in connecting small businesses to the buying power of large businesses and anchor institutions.  Often these organizations offer capacity building, technical assistance and connectivity to additional resources that are needed to help the small businesses succeed.  This document contains brief summaries of 20 organizations, websites, and business directories that BIP partners, stakeholders, and staff have used to help identify local, minority, and women-owned businesses.  Organizations include government agencies, nonprofits, and for-profit enterprises with Baltimore City or State of Maryland focused operations.  Download the Directory


Workforce Resources in Baltimore
An Employer’s Directory to Support Local Hiring and Workforce Development

October 2017 | Created by Central Baltimore Partnership and the BIP

A collaborative project of the BIP and Central Baltimore Partnership, this new directory of Baltimore nonprofit and public workforce development organizations is now available to help employers and community stakeholders find workforce partners to meet hiring needs. It summarizes the work of more than 45 organizations that support Baltimore City workers by offering skills training, eliminating barriers to employment, and facilitating job placement. These organizations range in size and focus. Some provide general job readiness coaching while others focus on training, certifications, and placement in specific fields including health care, biotechnology, manufacturing, auto repair, construction, information technology and many others. Nonprofit and public workforce development organizations are ideal partners for employers and can facilitate local hiring, reduce long-term unemployment, and mitigate the city’s systemic socio-economic disparities. City residents have immeasurable talents and aspirations that, when matched with effective support, can build careers and create paths to upward mobility. This directory can help employers tap the remarkable potential of city workers. Download the Directory


Anchored In Place: How Funders Are Helping Anchor Institutions Strengthen Local Economies

August 2017 | The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Anchor institutions can play a vital role in strengthening and connecting local economies, and can serve as powerful drivers for building inclusive and equitable communities. This new report issued by the Funders’ Network examines the potential these deeply rooted local enterprises hold to create lasting and sustainable change—and illustrates how funders are working with anchor institutions to create healthier, more equitable, and economically vibrant places to live and work. The report highlights case studies in Baltimore (!!!), Chicago, Twin Cities, Denver and Albuquerque. Read the Full Report


Organizational Network Study of the Baltimore Integration Partnership Phase 2: Assessment of Community Perspective

June 2017 | by University of Colorado

The University of Colorado Denver’s second phase of an organizational network study of the BIP highlights results from extensive interviews with small business, workforce, and community stakeholders.  The research brief includes community perspectives on economic inclusion work as well as a range of recommendations for institutions as well as businesses and public partners to consider as they work to implement new hiring, purchasing and investment strategies. Full Report.


Strengthening Baltimore’s Workforce: Reflections and Lessons Learned

February 2017 | by the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative

For over a decade, members of the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC) have supported a growing number of industry focused workforce development initiatives, and the outcomes are notable. Through these efforts, previously unemployed residents are getting industry recognized certifications and jobs with career advancement opportunities at impressive rates. This report highlights several of these initiatives and offers recommendations on how they can be expanded. Read the Report


BIP Anchor Procurement Guidance – Summary Presentation

February 2017 | by Next Street, U3 Advisors and ML Whelley, LLC

Anchor institutions in Baltimore are working to strengthen minority and local purchasing to create jobs and local economic opportunities.  To improve internal policies and practices, Next Street, U3 Advisors, and ML Whelley, LLC are completing reports assessing the budgetary, policy, infrastructure, and planning processes at five Baltimore anchor institutions.  Participating institutions include LifeBridge Health, Maryland Institute College of Art, Notre Dame, University of Maryland Medical System, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore.  Common findings, strengths, challenges and recommendations from the work are captured in this summary presentation made to BIP anchor institutions and other stakeholders.  View Recommendations


Organizational Network Analysis of the Baltimore Integration Partnership

October 2015 | by University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver completed their first phase of an organizational network study to assess the ways in which the BIP partners collaborate with one another, as well as with local businesses, residents, and community-based organizations. Their analysis explores how larger systems and community factors in Baltimore relate to economic inclusion, how economic inclusion is implemented within an Anchor, and what enables or hinders economic inclusion efforts at the Anchor Institutions.  Full Report


A Roadmap for Anchor Institution Local Food Purchasing in Baltimore

November 2014 | by Karp Resources

Realizing the purchasing power of anchor institutions to support local businesses and in turn create jobs is the focus of this new report, Authored by Karp Resources, the report explores food procurement processes in anchor institutions, and identifies a range of strategies to more fully realize local purchasing power. The report recommends actions to support local minority-owned and small businesses, modifications to procurement processes, and outlines legislative opportunities to connect purchasing power to businesses in reinvestment areas. Many of the recommendations are applicable not just to food but other services and commodities as well.  The report further argues that the “actions and methodology used to change procurement processes can serve as a model for the private sector, compounding local job growth and economic impact.  Full Report


Baltimore Small & African American-Owned Business Development Ecosystem

November 2014 | by Marsha R. B. Schachtel

This report explores food procurement processes in state and private higher educational institutions in Baltimore and identifies a range of strategies to more fully realize local purchasing power. The report recommends actions to support local minority business enterprises and small businesses, modifications to procurement processes, and outlines legislative opportunities to connect state agency and institutional purchasing power to businesses in targeted reinvestment areas. Many of the recommendations are applicable not just to food but other services and commodities as well.  Full Report


Accomplishments, Outcomes and Lessons Learned from the BIP 2011-2013

March 2014 | by Community Science

This Community Science 2011 – 2013 evaluation of the Baltimore Integration Partnership provides an assessment of the initiative’s project and system level efforts to link job opportunities to revitalization investment. The report captures the totality of investments and outcomes of the BIP and its partners in the first round. Outcomes included supporting more than 500 job training opportunities for area residents, over $150 million of new investment in Baltimore neighborhoods, and over 800 job opportunities. These investments were focused in on targeted neighborhoods in the City helping local partners move forward both place based and people based outcomes.  The report also explores the systems level work that the BIP and its partners completed including a range of executive orders at the City and State level, new funding for workforce training as well as new policies and practices to advance economic inclusion in Baltimore. Finally, the report outlines a series of recommendations for broader economic inclusion efforts in Baltimore.

Executive Summary
Full Report


Anchor Institutions and The Food Cluster in Baltimore

July 2013 | By Karp Resources

This report explores the strength of Baltimore’s food cluster and finds that anchor institutions including hospitals and universities can help support local food entrepreneurs, and in turn generate employment opportunities. Authored by Karp Resources, the report argues that anchors can be more intentional with food purchasing decisions through catering and contracting opportunities with broadline distributors as well as use other internal resources to more intentionally support area food-related businesses. The report finds that every $140k that anchors spend on food products with local firms supports one job. With $10s of millions of dollars in annual institutional food spending identified in the report and addendum, local sourcing by anchor institutions can help create drive opportunities for Baltimore City residents. Click on the links below to download the report.

Final Report
Addendum of Medical Purchasing
1 Page Summary


Investing in Baltimore’s Workforce: Leveraging Opportunity and Moving to Scale

Released May 2013 | By Andrea Roethke, JOTF

Job Opportunities Task Force and the Baltimore Integration Partnership are pleased to release “Investing in Baltimore’s Workforce: Leveraging Opportunity and Moving to Scale.”This policy brief documents workforce training funding trends and needs in Baltimore and finds that declines in federal workforce funding to Baltimore City has left local leaders with less resources to overcome high training and education needs. It also finds that too many Baltimore City adults are on the sidelines with low educational attainment and high unemployment. To make inroads into these challenges, the report recommends a range of strategies to consider and highlights the need to work across agencies and sectors while better coordinating efforts to make progress and drive towards scale. Download the Report (PDF) / Blog Post by author Andrea Roethke


Profile of Baltimore Integration Partnership Communities

March 2012 | by Nichole Stewart

This profile of the communities and residents in BIP Target areas features a range of data covering demographics, labor force/workforce development as well as neighborhood investment and condition derived from a range of national and local data sources. The profile was developed to help inform and tailor decision making about investments, programs, and public policies. To view, click here.


Demographics – Labor Force Participation and Educational Attainment


Employment and Jobs Neighborhood Investment and Condition


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