More than 250 people came together June 8 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry for the release of the Opportunity Collaborative’s Baltimore Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD).

The RPSD represents the first ever comprehensive regional plan in Baltimore to bring together workforce development, transportation and housing. The Opportunity Collaborative is a consortium that includes local governments, state agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations. The co-chairs of the Collaborative are William H. Cole IV, president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation, and Scot T. Spencer, of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The RPSD is the culmination of three years of work and will help the Baltimore region coordinate investments in housing, transportation and workforce development to reduce disparities and connect all of our citizens to a prosperous future. The outcomes of our plan will lower transportation costs for families, create cleaner and safer communities and increase educational and employment opportunities throughout the region.

The event at the Museum of Industry launched the first joint and sustained effort by the governments and significant non-governmental organizations in the region to collectively address regional planning issues.

>> Download the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development

  1. cmartinrkk

    Great Study and I applaud the work of Team.

    However, I would like to comment that in my opinion the needs of the Greater Eastern Area of Baltimore County are not as well considered as other regions in the Study. Particularly in the Transportation needs area.

    It is very easy to see that AA County, Baltimore City, Harford and Howard Counties came to the table and were well represented. Baltimore County appears to have had very little involvement.

    Only a mention of the Owings Mills area, the Red-line Support, and Dundalk Avenue as a transit corridor. All good, but what about East Point, Merritt Blvd communities, Turner Station, Sparrows Point, Essex, Middle River, and Back River. All communities with significant needs, and if you live in these area and don’t drive you have to travel for hours or move to obtain jobs.

    I believe, the lack of municipal governments in many areas of Baltimore County like Dundalk and Essex causes these communities to not have the voice they need in many government related discussions.

    Why not consider a Circulator Bus system that connects the Communities of East Baltimore with the Jobs within the greater area, the Red-line, and links the Campuses of High Schools with the Community Colleges.

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