The East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative is a large-scale community and economic development project to transform a distressed property into a vital residential and business community. The project, which drew from the experiences of cities across the country, seeks not only to improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood but to improve the lives of those who live there—including a focus on creating opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. This report documents the progress, lessons learned and achievements of the East Baltimore project through its first phase.

January 1, 2011

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the East Baltimore project has worked to meet its goals for inclusion of minorities and women.

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    What challenges EBDI and its partners faced.

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    The ways in which the project has impacted the broader community.

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    How the lessons learned through this project can help guide similar projects in other locations.

Key Takeaway

With commitment, community development projects can strengthen communities and dramatically improve lives

Community development projects such as the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative can and should strive to go beyond cosmetic improvements to provide real economic opportunities for local residents, including minority- and women-business owners. Key project leaders and partners must commit to economic inclusion as a primary goal, work together to develop policies and mechanisms for achieving it, learn from the efforts of others and respond to the inevitable challenges that will arise. By taking these steps, the East Baltimore project is now a leading model of success that is creating new opportunities and changing lives.

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