Local Leaders Join Johns Hopkins to Celebrate the Impact of Working Together and Investing in Baltimore
Local Leaders Join Johns Hopkins in Celebrating the Impact of Working Together, Investing in Baltimore Johns Hopkins Economic Development Office Releases First Impact Report, Highlighting Initiatives and Partnerships
Johns Hopkins celebrated the community partners who have helped amplify the far-reaching economic impact of its investments in Baltimore communities on Wednesday afternoon at an event at the Garage at R. House.
Local entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and community organizers joined university and health system leaders in recognizing the importance of working together to help make a difference in the lives of Baltimore residents. and helping communities across the city reach their greatest potential.
“We can’t do it alone; we can only do it together. More importantly, we will be let’s only do it together.”
Vice President for Economic Development
So it was fitting that the Johns Hopkins group at the heart of much of this work, the Office of Economic Development, chose the opportunity to announce that it will soon have a new name: the Office of Economic Development. and community partnerships.
“We can’t do it alone; we can only do it together,” said Alicia Wilson, vice president of Johns Hopkins University economic development and health system. “Most importantly, we will be let’s only do it together.”
The event coincided with the release of the first-ever Impact Report produced by the Office of Economic Development, which highlights the work and partnerships that have helped grow and strengthen Baltimore’s businesses and communities over the last three years.
Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins has remained firmly committed to its flagship economic inclusion initiative, HopkinsLocal, which has led to the hiring of more than 2,400 Baltimore residents in targeted neighborhoods and more than 900 returning citizens since 2016. , as well as contracts totaling more than $270 million with minority-owned, women-owned, or disadvantaged business contractors.
The institution also launched programs in direct response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the East Baltimore Food Access Initiative, which facilitated the distribution of more than 6 million meals to families in need, and the Johns Hopkins Health Education and Training Corps. , designed to teach K-12 students about the public health response to COVID-19.
“Today’s proceedings are a true testament to the power of our partnerships in this city and a moving reminder of the simple truth that Hopkins and Baltimore thrive together,” said JHU President Ron Daniels. “Johns Hopkins is so, so proud to call this city home. And over the past decade, we’ve doubled and redoubled our commitment to deepening and forging meaningful and lasting partnerships, like those we’ve seen today, with neighbors and community organizations to determine how best to use our resources, our expertise and our energy to meet the needs of this city and the hopes of its citizens. »
The event, titled Celebrating the Sweetness of Baltimore, included sweet samples from a selection of local businesses, including Berries by Quicha, Capital Kettle Corn, Deddle’s Mini Donuts and Taharka Brothers Ice Cream. It also included a panel discussion, moderated by Wilson, on the power of partnerships featuring:
- Angus Derbyshireassistant director for pro bono at Maryland Legal Aid, which has partnered with Johns Hopkins on four expungement clinics over the past two and a half years that have helped 423 people erase 1,354 charges from their records, enabling them to save $17,760 in legal fees
- Cheryl Washingtonchairman and CEO of East Baltimore Development Inc., which has partnered with Johns Hopkins on a 20-year, $1.8 billion revitalization of East Baltimore’s Eager Park neighborhood
- Kim Williamsco-founder of KJ Design & Mortar Styling interior design and one of 92 entrepreneurs highlighted by the Entrepreneurship Matters digital conversation series launched by the Johns Hopkins Office of Economic Development in 2020
- Villatoro Germanpresident of Villatoro Construction Corporation, a minority company based in Baltimore that has worked with Johns Hopkins on several projects and has been supported by the BLocal BUILD College program
- Melvin Wilsonexecutive director of Turnaround Tuesday, which works to prepare returning citizens and the unemployed to re-enter the workforce
“The work we’ve done over the past three years requires our name to change and evolve into the Office of Economic Development and Community Partnerships,” Wilson said. “It really reflects the great work our team has done creating community partnerships that didn’t exist before, and improving those that did.”
Kevin Sowers, president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, added in a recorded message played at Wednesday’s event: “As a member of the Baltimore community, the success of Johns Hopkins and the success of our neighbors are intertwined. Creating a strong future for all of us requires our continued development and participation in programs and initiatives that will positively impact the social determinants of health for families in our communities. for many generations to come.
To read the Office of Economic Development’s impact report, visit https://www.jhu.edu/oedcp.