Recent News

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Winner of the City Employee Energy Challenge Pilot Project

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by Department of General Services (DGS) Director Steve Sharkey to announce the winner of the City Employee Energy Challenge. During the yearlong pilot project, three City agencies in four buildings competed to lower their energy use by modifying employee behavior.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Celebrates Partnership with Youth Sports Program to Increase Recreation Opportunities for Residents

 Today Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Delegate Cheryl Glenn, Councilman Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) and The Youth Sports Program (YSP) to celebrate the transition of the Furley Recreation Center to the Youth Sports Program.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Calls for Sweeping Financial Reforms in State of the City Address

Today during her State of the City Address, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proposed a bold set of major reforms as part of the City’s first Ten-Year Financial Plan to confront serious financial challenges facing the City over the next decade.

City of Baltimore Releases First Ten-Year Fiscal Forecast

 Today, the City of Baltimore released a detailed, first-of-its-kind Ten-Year Fiscal Forecast of the local government’s finances. The forecast is part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s comprehensive ten-year financial planning effort to proactively confront Baltimore’s long-term fiscal challenges.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces New $4.5 Million Wells Fargo Initiative

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano and partners Wells Fargo & Company, NeighborWorks America, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore announced a $4.5 million public-private partnership through the CityLIFTSM program.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Commissioner Batts Report 2012 Crime Reduction

 Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced continued reductions in violent crime, gun crime, and overall crime in 2012. Throughout the year, 1,812 fewer people were victims of crime in Baltimore — including 416 fewer victims of violent crime. The city also experienced continued declines in several serious categories including juvenile homicides, domestic violence, property crime, and robbery. Overall violent crime declined 5% over last year—a more than 45% decrease since 2000 and a 7% decrease since 2009. Non-fatal shootings have declined 2% to the lowest point since the City began tracking them in 2000. “We will not be satisfied until Baltimore becomes one of the safest big cities in America,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Expands City Crime Camera Program into Midtown

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by Councilman Bill Cole, Councilman Carl Stokes, Tammy Brown, executive director of the Governor’s Office on Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP), and community and business leaders to take part in the installation of one of twelve new crime cameras in the Midtown Community Benefits District. The expansion of CitiWatch, the City’s actively-monitored crime camera program, will assist crime prevention efforts in the Mount Vernon neighborhood and Downtown

City Approves Job Opportunity Agreement with Caesars Entertainment

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development announced Board of Estimates approval of a “local jobs” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CBAC (Caesars Entertainment) in conjunction with the construction of a new Caesars Horseshoe Casino in South Baltimore.

Vacants to Value Receives Award for Innovation

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Vacant to Value Initiative received the 2012 Award of Excellence in Innovation (Urban) from the Maryland Asset Building and Community Development Network (ABCD) Networ

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Celebrates Partnership with the Omega Baltimore Foundation to Increase Recreation Opportunities for Residents

 Today Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Councilman Nick Mosby, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) and The Omega Baltimore Foundation, Inc. to celebrate the transition of the Easterwood Recreation Center to the Omega Baltimore Foundation. Easterwood had been closed for the past three years. Omega Baltimore took over the management of the center from BCRP in November