Baltimore Tracks is working toward a more diverse tech workforce. Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Earlier this week, leading denizens of Baltimore’s tech ecosystem joined city officials to discuss the best strategies for an equitable and vibrant digital future.

The discussion took place during a panel titled “Building Baltimore’s Digital Future,” which was held by the digital equity coalition Baltimore Tracks. Members of the group spoke about these issues with Deputy Mayor of Community and Economic Development Ted Carter, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Broadband and Digital Equity Jason Hardebeck and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development Jason Perkins-Cohen.

Here are a few key points and proposals from their broad conversation:

City programs for businesses and residents to onboard people into tech

The city of Baltimore will pay for the first year of an apprenticeship program through the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. The city also offers a $6000 tax credit for new each hire that resides in the city.