Details how the East Baltimore revitalization initiative has helped place more than 2,700 people in jobs – nearly a third of whom were East Baltimore residents, as well as provides lessons that can guide other large redevelopment projects seeking to promote economic inclusion.

“The East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative is an innovative, large-scale effort by a cross-sector partnership to transform a deeply distressed, 88-acre neighborhood adjacent to the Johns Hopkins Hospital complex into a mixed-income, residential community and engine of opportunity for both long-time and new residents…In response to the community’s concerns, the project’s key goals include a commitment to economic inclusion to ensure that the benefits of the project are shared with minority- and women-owned businesses and local minority and women residents…This report provides an overview of how the project—in its first phase—has worked to live up to those goals, describes some of the challenges it faced, highlights its results to date, discusses the wider effects of the economic inclusion work in Baltimore, and summarizes some key lessons that can help guide similar work elsewhere” (p. 5-6).

The cost to implement the Workforce Pipeline has been about $257,000 a year – or $557 per participant – which includes EBDI workforce staff costs and payments to MOED for services (p.15). (Abstractor: Author)


Major Findings & Recommendations

• "Thirty-seven percent of EBDI’s $181.7 million in contracts have gone to minority-owned business enterprises (MBE) or women-owned businesses enterprises (WBE), surpassing goals for the project" (p.5). • "Minorities and women have worked 57.5 percent of the man-hours generated by the project as of December 31, 2010, far exceeding the original goal of 15 percent" (p.5). • "Of the hours put in on EBDI-related construction projects, 58.1 percent have gone to minorities. And of the 1,768 people working on construction jobs, 638 were Baltimore City residents, including 244 from East Baltimore" (p.6). • "Since 2003, EBDI and its workforce partners have placed 2,787 people in jobs; more than 30 percent of them lived in East Baltimore" (p.6). • "Over the course of the project, EBDI has directly hired 214 full-time workers for business services jobs; 32 percent of them are East Baltimore residents" (p.16). • "The East Baltimore Community School has hired 31 education workers, and one of them is an East Baltimore resident from the EBDI workforce pipeline" (p.16). • "Thirty percent of the workforce pipeline placements were in construction, 18 percent in manufacturing, 17 percent in hospitality and tourism, 12 percent in health care, and 7 percent in business services, with smaller percentages in retail and customer services, transportation, security and public safety, education, and information technology" (p.17). • "Average wages for construction jobs have been $20.90 per hour and $11.13 for service-related and security jobs; these figures compare favorably with the “living wage” established by Baltimore City of $10.59" (p.17). • "As of December 31, 2010, EBDI had surpassed its goals for people retaining jobs after going through the Workforce Pipeline: 94 percent of those who were placed in a job retained it for at least 90 days (the goal was 75 percent); 88 percent retained their job for at least 180 days (the goal was 65 percent); 78 percent retained their job for at least 365 days (the goal was 60 percent)" (p.17). Detailed lessons learned and recommendations can be found on pages 18-22 in the report. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)