A lot of people are spending a lot of time thinking about how to improve Baltimore. Now that the city has won a competitive grant to help promote local government innovation, they’ll have some funds to play around with.
The money comes from the Citi Foundation and Living Cities, and is meant to help cities engage residents in civic life and public decision-making. In Baltimore, where tensions between city officials and local residents have been at an all-time high, such efforts are especially welcome.
“Baltimore will engage with people leaving incarceration and their families to develop strategies both to reduce violent crime and to provide better re-entry services and programmatic supports that will help returning residents rebuild their lives,” Citi Foundation said in a release. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that the grant funds would be used to “adopt best practices in engaging this vitally important population.” The foundation has a history of supporting local organizations.
The other cities receiving the innovation grant include Albuquerque, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Seattle.