Building From Strength: Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore’s Next Economy

Posted April 27, 2012
By the Brookings Institution
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This report takes a hard and somewhat unique look at the disconnect between Baltimore beating the recession odds yet having its low-wage workforce expand. By citing findings from both empirical analyses and dozens of interviews, it make the case that efforts to increase economic opportunity must be rooted in efforts to create a more opportunity-rich regional economy and to help low-income residents connect to it.

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Key Takeaway

Good wage job creation will take vision and planning

Creating a better opportunity structure requires a different approach, one focused on investing in the region’s next economy and building a workforce that both drives and benefits from its growth. Greater Baltimore’s public, private and nonprofit leaders must be far more visionary, far more coordinated and far more strategic about growing industries in which good-wage jobs are the norm rather than the exception.