Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins announced a new initiative to hire more local workers, and do business with more Baltimore contractors.

The HopkinsLocal initiative is one way that the university is aiming to help the city in the wake of the rioting that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral. Along with hiring more local workers, the initiative also seeks to promote diversity. Here are some goals:

  • Filling 40 percent of select positions with workers from the city’s “most distressed communities
  • Spending at least $6 million on local goods over three years
  • Spending $20 million on design and construction projects with minority, women, and disadvantaged businesses

“We are redoubling our longstanding efforts, knowing that the health and well-being of Johns Hopkins are inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic well-being of Baltimore,” said Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.