Solutions Summit Organizers Look to Keep Baltimore Civic Engagement Going After Election

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HWCityHall500x334The sprawling table of candidates at each of the winter’s forums underlined the fact that the next mayor and City Councilmembers’ ideas will be just as important as who they are. To help set an agenda for a mayoral administration that is seen as one of the most important in history, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore is set to convene a summit that will create a “blueprint” for the next mayor.

The Nov. 12 event is being held four days after Election Day. Attendees will gather to discuss and vote on 10-15 priorities in three areas: Jobs, justice and behavioral health.

“The timing is meant to reinforce the idea that our civic duty does not end on Election Day. Bringing about real, lasting change requires ongoing commitment from all Baltimoreans,” OSI Baltimore’s announcement said. That said, there will also be food and entertainment.

Before the summit, half-day forums will meet to consider larger lists of priorities in each area to bring to the forum.

Details are still in the planning phases, as a location has yet to be announced. The planning committee includes the following:

  • Kurt Schmoke, University of Baltimore president and former mayor of Baltimore
  • Mary Miller, former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance and former Acting Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Obama administration
  • Eddie Brown, CEO of Brown Capital Management and the Eddie C. and C Sylvia Brown Family Foundation
  • Mark Fetting, former CEO of Legg Mason

Keep an eye on the event’s homepage for more details.



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