Expanding Economic Opportunity

Lessons from the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative

Posted March 13, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This report reviews the economic inclusion achievements and challenges of the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative, a major community development project. It examines the use of local residents in construction jobs through a workforce pipeline. The pipeline trained and placed East Baltimore residents in jobs generated by the new development or elsewhere in the city. The reader also learns how the East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) nonprofit and its partners connected minority-owned businesses to the project. The report cites examples of similar initiatives around the country and provides lessons learned for government leaders, businesses and nonprofits interested in economic inclusion. 

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Key Takeaway

It takes planning to create work opportunities in poor communities

With thoughtful planning and oversight, community revitalization efforts can successfully create economic opportunities for low-income individuals, small businesses and enterprises owned by women and people of color.