On Leadership: Seeing Baltimore as an Innovation Hub

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Last week, I shared the results of an Abell Foundation study comparing Baltimore’s innovation ecosystem with the more established community found in Boston. While the authors undertook a fair comparison and outlined what they viewed as the initiatives needed to accelerate Baltimore’s innovation community, Baltimore already has assets that make us well situated for a promising future; assets, which if marketed correctly, might help us solve some of the very challenges the report identified.

Baltimore Ranks. It might have gone unnoticed locally, but Baltimore has been placed well in a number of national publications and research efforts on the innovation community, including:

• Second for tech jobs

• Second as a high tech growth hotbed

• Fourth best for cost of doing business

• Seventh best city for a fresh start

• Seventh as a hot spot for young professionals

• Third best city for college grads

These and other reflections of Baltimore’s momentum can be found on website of the Economic Alliance of Baltimore. Granted, one can quibble over the merits of any one of these measures, but it is the interrelationship between what is enabling Baltimore to continue to make the grade, and what can drive the top priority reflected in the Abell Report – the need for more entrepreneurs –

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