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Women Leading Baltimore 2016

In celebration of Women's History Month this March I will be connecting young female leaders with professional women in Baltimore for a day of mentoring. This is a program by, for, and about women. I hope the day will motivate the selected female high school juniors and seniors and inspire them to reach their goals.

Innovation Districts

Baltimore is recognized as one of the global cities where innovation districts are emerging. The districts are identified as being different than the likes of Silicon Valley, which is in a suburban sector, somewhat isolated and without the benefits a city provides such as greater access to mixed-use housing, diverse retail, and other work environs. 

Forbes ranks Baltimore 8th on its list of America’s Most Wired Cities for internet broadband adoption and the availability of public wireless hot spots. The magazine ranks Baltimore 6th on its list of best cities for tech jobs. 

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake 2/8/16 Veto Letter to City Council

This is an issue of responsible financial stewardship and the appropriateness of fiscal commitments to special interests being mandated in the City Charter. One of the hallmarks of sound fiscal management is maintaining the flexibility to adjust spending to meet our City's ever-changing and unexpected needs, priorities and economic conditions. Any restriction on this flexibility compromises that sound fiscal management and could be viewed negatively by bond rating agencies. Good fiscal stewardship explains why our City was able to more than double spending on after-school programs over the past five years. It also explains why we have embarked on an ambitious plan to enhance recreation centers. Overall, the City will spend $372 million on services for children and youth, including schools, pre-kindergarten, out-of-school time programming, libraries, child health, and more. This is an increase of $14 million, or nearly 4%, over Fiscal Year 2015.

Inspired to Inspire: Champions & Visionaries

The contributions women have made to society have had – and continue to have – a strong impact on our world. In honor of Women’s History Month, Inspired to Inspire will applaud and recognize inspirational women in Baltimore City – past, present and future – with the programming under the banner of Champions & Visionaries.

The city-wide program is seeking written essays about the woman, or women, who have inspired individuals. We have asked that the essays be between 250 and 750 words with a deadline submission date of Monday, February 22, 2016. The announcement date for the winners is currently scheduled for the first week of March.

Programa de Botes de Basura de la Ciudad de Baltimore

En un esfuerzo continuo de mantener nuestros vecindarios limpios y vías fluviales y canales de agua libres de basura, la ciudad de Baltimore se prepara para implementar un programa de botes de basura para todas las personas que actualmente reciben el servicio de recolección de basura. Los duraderos botes de basura están equipados con ruedas y tapas herméticas, demostrando así su eficacidad para mantener calles y callejones limpios además de ayudar a la prevención de roedores. Los botes de basura serán distribuidos a principios del año 2016.


Regarding the retention of outside counsel for the Office of Mayer and City Council of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department in connection with the Department of Justice investigation, lawyers at Wilmer Hale were selected as counsel in response to the historic, rapid, and extraordinary chain of events after the death of Freddie Gray.

Six Cities Share $445,000 In Grants To Support Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

Today the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced the winners of the 2016 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards during the organization’s 84th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity. 

Neighborhoods: The Lifeblood of our City

Depending on who you are talking to, the definition of neighborhood takes on different meanings. 

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake to Celebrate the Removal of Blighted Property in Park Heights Neighborhood

Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano will join residents for the demolition of blighted properties in the Park Heights neighborhood.

Second After-Action Report Released on Baltimore City’s April 2015 Civil Unrest

Second After-Action Report Released on Baltimore City’s April 2015 Civil Unrest