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Baltimore’s OIG finds City IT paid out six-figure sum with termination agreements

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Baltimore City Hall. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

In a report from the Baltimore’s inspector general this week, the City’s IT department was flagged for potential waste over a policy that allowed employees who were terminated by the department to collect pay for unused vacation and sick time.

M&T Bank and the Aspen Institute will provide $70k in grants to Baltimore residents who “weave” communities together.

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The Aspen Institute Weave project is distributing grants in Baltimore.

M&T Bank and the Aspen Institute’s Weave: The Social Fabric Project on Wednesday debuted an awards program in Baltimore that aims to celebrate and support leaders building connections between neighbors.

The Weaver Awards is providing $70K in funding through its inaugural program in Baltimore, with a focus on highlighting those who prioritize relationships, and “weave Baltimore’s social fabric,” per a news release.

Comcast is delaying plans to enforce internet data caps until 2022

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Photo by Mike Mozart/Flickr

Comcast has delayed the rollout of its data caps in the northeast U.S. until sometime in 2022, an announcement that many advocates for digital equity count as a win of a battle, and not the war.

T. Rowe Price commits $1.5 million to racial injustice initiatives in Baltimore

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T. Rowe Price is providing $1.5 million to a group of organizations working in Baltimore as part of a round of grants supporting the fight against racial injustice.

Morgan State alums of the Google Tech Exchange program discuss their career paths

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Morgan State alums Joshua Smith and Morgan Whitaker.

In 2018, Northeast Baltimore’s Morgan State University joined a group of 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) participating in the Google Tech Exchange program. It meant that five students from Morgan State went to Google’s campus in Silicon Valley for a semester to take part in an advanced computer science training program.

Curbside recycling is back in Baltimore, and drivers are using some new tech

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Photo by Bill Smith

Curbside recycling is returning to Baltimore on Tuesday (1/19) with a new digitized system to help drivers navigate collection routes.

Q&A: New Baltimore City Comptroller Bill Henry on modernizing the office, and tech’s role

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For the first time in more than two decades, Baltimore has a new city comptroller.

CLLCTIVLY receives $200K to support Black-led businesses

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Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Bigmanclay04, used under a Creative Commons license.

CLLCTIVLY has received $200K in donations for its work providing microgrants to Black-led businesses, thanks to pledges from Baltimore Ravens star Calais Campbell and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Food delivery startup Black and Mobile expands to Baltimore

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Black and Mobile founder David Cabello with his brother Aaron Cabello.

Black and Mobile, a Black-owned food delivery app founded in Philadelphia, has expanded to Baltimore with 40 drivers and 20 Black-owned restaurants signed on in the city.

Project Waves will provide internet to 250 Baltimore households in 2021

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Ed Mullin and Adam Bouhmad light up Project Waves for Southwest Baltimore. Photo by Stephen Babcock, Technical.ly/Baltimore

Giving Tuesday brought many appeals to bolster nonprofits and organizations that have a positive impact on the community.

For community ISP Project Waves, it was a chance to provide a look at its work during a year when the need to close the digital divide has come into stark relief amid the pandemic. Through Facebook Live on the Digital Harbor Foundation’s page, leaders provided updates on their work to connect households to the internet in a city where 96,000 households lack wireline access in the community, alongside a call to action to donate.

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