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Baltimore Together belongs to the entire city and relies on shared work from every individual and institution in our region. The Baltimore Development Corporation serves as the convener of Baltimore Together, and collaboration is central to the success of this plan. There were over 300 individuals involved in the initial creation of the plan, and in 2023, over 500 individuals participated in the Inaugural Baltimore Together Summit. 


Baltimore Together builds on our city’s strengths, acknowledges its challenges, and identifies a range of steps that will create an inclusive and vibrant economy for all. Join us this year as we celebrate the work we have done and stimulate the work to come.

Baltimore Together Summit 23'




Our Vision For Baltimore


Baltimore will show the world how to create an urban economy that is based on diversity, inclusion, and resiliency and uplifts historically excluded Baltimoreans, while attracting investment, businesses, and people committed to contributing to an equitable economy.

We will build a strong and inclusive economy by recognizing our city’s history of racialized economic disinvestment and the damage systemic racism has done to our Black residents and the greater community.

We will ensure economic opportunity for people of color by building on Baltimore’s many assets to implement strategies and policies that invigorate underserved and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) businesses in growth sectors and build generational wealth in Baltimore’s communities of color.

Read Our Strategic Plan

Wes Moore 

Governor of Maryland

Mayor Brandon Scott 

Mayor of Baltimore 

Former Mayor Kurt Schmoke 

Former Mayor of Baltimore 

Adeline Wheless-Hutchinson

President of the Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council / President of the Robert W. Coleman Community Organization

Alanah Nicole Davis 

Lead Reporter of 

Amanda Phillips De Lucas PHD 

Director of Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance - Jacob France Institute

Andre M. Perry

Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro 

Augie Chiasera

President, M&T Bank Greater Baltimore/ Chesapeake Region 

Brian Pieninck 

President & CEO at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield 

Brooke Lierman

Comptroller of the State of Maryland

Colin Tarbert

President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation

Dionne Joyner-Weems

CEO of the Audacity Group

Donnice Brown 

Assistant Director for MOED (Youth Division) 

Dr. Samantha Scott PHD 

Founder and CEO of JuneBrain 

Jake Day 

Maryland Secretary of Housing & Community Development 

Janet Abrahams

President/Chief Executive Officer, Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Joni HeartSmiles Holifield 

Founder & President - HeartSmiles 

Kevin Anderson

Maryland State Secretary of Commerce

Kyara Gray-Uqdah

Co-Founder of Charm City Buyers 

Lyneir Richardson 

CEO and Co-Founder of Chicago TREND

Mark Anthony Thomas 

President and CEO Greater Baltimore Committee 

Nia June

Author, Filmmaker, Arts Educator, Performer

P. David Bramble 

Managing Partner and Co Founder of MCB Real Estate 

Rebecca Rosenberg

Founder of ReBokeh

Regina Hammond

President and Founder of Rebuild Johnston Square Neighborhood Organization

Rosalyn Vera

Owner of Cocina Luchadoras

Shelonda Stokes

President of Downtown Partnership 

Stephanie Linnartz

President and Chief Executive Officer at Under Armour

Tim Regan 

CEO of Whiting Turner Contracting Company 

Vaki Mawema 

Co Managing Director of Gensler Baltimore 



9:30 AM – Registration and Check-in

10:30 AM – Welcome & Opening Remarks

Morning sessions:

Keynote speaker

The macro-economic climate in Baltimore 

Population shifts: changing neighborhoods and the immigrant experience

12:30 PM- 1:15 PM Lunch & Networking 

Afternoon sessions:

Neighborhood Reinvestment Workforce and disconnected youth – supporting our next generation


The Future of Downtown

Regionalism – How Baltimore connects with the region

5:00 PM-7:00 PM Closing Session & Networking Reception

Our Day 1 program is sold out! We invite you to join us virtually.


We have outgrown our space and are moving across the street to the M&T Bank Exchange (adjacent to the Hippodrome and across the street from the Everyman Theater). We are grateful to the Everyman Theater for their flexibility. The new space will allow us to accommodate more guests.


Our Day 1 program is sold out! We invite you to join us virtually for the Baltimore Together Summit on October 30, 2023. For those of you who plan to attend virtually, please use this link to access the programming. If you have registered for Day 1, but do not plan to attend in person, please edit your registration so we can invite those on the waiting list. There is no registration required for the livestream.

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 1st from 9:00AM- 11:00AM

Location: Baltimore Peninsula 2455 House Street Penthouse Floor , Baltimore, Maryland 21230

More than 15% of Maryland's gross domestic product is accounted for by federal and state procurements. Federal spending in Baltimore accounted for an estimated $13.5 billion in in 2022. It was highlighted at last year's Baltimore Together Summit by keynote speaker Bruce Katz that the “procurement economy” could serve as a key driver for inclusive economic growth when "MWBE" programs are effectively implemented and synced up with business development programs and resources to drive inclusive economic growth. It is too often the case that MWBE outcomes fall short of their intended outcomes. If Maryland met its 29% MBE participation goal last year, MBEs would have received $1.1 billion more in state contracts than they actually did at the 17% participation rate that was achieved.The panelists will discuss work that is being led by Bruce Katz's organization, the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University, to measure the procurement economy in places like San Antonio and El Paso; TX and how their approach could be adapted to Baltimore and Maryland in an effort to increase the number of contracts awarded to small and medium-sized businesses (MWBEs) to support inclusive economic growth and close the racial wealth gap.

The Procurement Economy and Inclusive Economic Growth

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 1st from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Location: Current Space

Participate in a crucial discussion on securing spaces for Baltimore's artistic community. Explore proven solutions and ongoing challenges, ensuring creatives access and ownership of spaces vital for world-class art creation.

Creative Spaces: Real Estate Strategies to Support Baltimore's Creative Economy

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 1st from 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Location: Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Join us for a walking tour uncovering Downtown Baltimore's $6.5 billion development potential. Tour the CBD and Bromo District with Downtown Partnership's economic development team, evaluating progress and stalled projects in the midst of transformative growth. Gain unique insights into the evolving urban landscape shaping the city's future. (This is a walking tour of Downtown, so guests should expect to spend an extended amount of time walking as part of this tour.)

Navigating Downtown Baltimore's Transformative Urban Landscape

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 1st from 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Location:  The Business Connect Hub- Charles Village

Join in a generative and collaborative conversation about how we can continue to highlight Baltimore's strengths while acknowledging the areas where we need to grow to be a more inclusive, equitable and thriving City for all our residents.

Narrative Change & Storytelling with #MyBmore Project

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 1st 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Location: The Wine Collective 

Discover strategies for small business success in an inspiring afternoon with the Baltimore BASE Network. Join accomplished BIPOC, women, immigrant, and LGBTQ+ business owners as they share impactful stories, insights, and practical tips for growth. Engage with BASE Network partners and connect with local entrepreneurs to forge pathways to success within the business ecosystem.

Base Network - The Making of A Milestone: Storytelling & Skillshares

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 1st 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM 

Location: The Wine Collective 

Join us to celebrate Baltimore's small business milestones. Connect with fellow entrepreneurs, hear success stories, and explore the resources that powered these achievements. Get ready for an engaging and celebratory evening with the Baltimore BASE Network!

BASE Network - The Making of A Milestone: Community Celebration

Date & Time: Thursday, November 2nd from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Location: Coppin State University School of Business

Join us to uncover the preliminary findings of the Excellence in Entrepreneurial Learning (EXCEL) research initiative, a collaborative effort between the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Coppin State University. Gain insights into innovative research methodologies and grasp the potential of fostering entrepreneurship among Baltimore's youth to drive community upliftment.

Excellence in Entrepreneurial Learning (EXCEL) Research Project: Youth Entrepreneurship Landscape in Baltimore City

Date & Time: Thursday, November 2nd from 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Location: Coppin State University College of Business

Explore the partnership between Coppin State University and Open Works, the fusion of entrepreneurship and local manufacturing, the impact of makerspaces on economics, and the essence of inclusive economic networks. Join us in unlocking the future of collaborative innovation.

Making Matters: The Coppin State University - Open Works Collaborative Model for Inclusive Economic Empowerment

Date & Time: Thursday, November 2nd 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Location: City Garage

Elevate Baltimore's workforce potential by exploring how innovative organizations and programs are addressing intangible barriers halting Baltimore's growth. Collaborate with BioBuzz and a diverse panel of leaders who are successfully creating opportunity through actionable strategies. Leave inspired and equipped to lead transformative change for a more inclusive Baltimore employment landscape in the life sciences, technology, and beyond.

Serving the Needs of an Untapped Workforce

Date & Time: Friday, November 3rd from 10:00AM- 12:00PM

Location: Coppin State University College of Business

Become part of the "Our Harborplace team" as it values the input of the local community and is committed to making sure that any plans that are formulated for the Harbor are in line with the wishes and needs of the locals.

The attendees will also have the opportunity to provide feedback and be a part of the planning process by submitting their feedback.

Please join us for this conversation and we're looking forward to listening to your insights. We'd love to hear from you. A community conversation about the new Harborplace!


Community Feedback Forum: The New Harborplace

Date & Time: Friday, November 3rd from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Location: Lofts at Yard 56

Explore Baltimore's commercial corridors' rejuvenation in "Revitalizing Urban Spaces." Gain a fresh perspective on cultivating thriving urban landscapes.

Revitalizing Urban Spaces: Decoding Baltimore's Commercial Corridors


Join us to celebrate Baltimore's small business milestones. Connect with fellow entrepreneurs, hear success stories, and explore the resources that powered these achievements. Get ready for an engaging and celebratory evening with the Baltimore BASE Network!

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    The Atrium Parking Garage is an attended garage around the corner from the M&T Exchange event space. Just so you know, our guests will be offered an all-day rate of $10. The Atrium will open two entrances, one on Fayette Street and the other on Eutaw. There are several other parking garages in the neighborhood as well as metered street parking. Please note the hours of operation for garages in the neighborhood and the hours/days meters are in effect before parking.
    M&T Bank Exchange event space is located at 12 North Eutaw Street, next door to the Hippodrome Theatre and the Historic Lexington Market, and is easily accessible by public transportation or car with convenient parking right across the street. Public Transportation: There are numerous bus stops within a 3-block radius of the M&T Bank Exchange. The Light Rail’s University Center/Baltimore Street stop is two blocks away. The Metro Subway Lexington Market stop is one block away. The closest Marc Train stops are Baltimore Penn Station on the Penn Line and Camden Station on the Camden Line. The Charm City Circulator (Orange Route) stop is three blocks away.
  • COVID-19 & Flu Season Protocol
    We ask that if you are experiencing any COVID-19/Flu-like symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, or headache, that you join us virtually to ensure we adhere to best practices for health and public safety.” Please be sure to stay up-to-date with Baltimore City public health recommendations before and during your visit.
    For the Baltimore Together Summit, business casual is preferred.
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