Tag: Baltimore

Baltimore’s Working Class in Black and White

I worked in downtown Baltimore in the 1980’s, and I work there again now. In walking the streets, the difference is stark, and depressing. The old bustle of Charles Center is gone, and Harborplace is no longer what it was. But the major difference in downtown is the evident lack of prosperity and business occupancy. Even the old grand dame of office buildings, 10 Light Street, which was once the Maryland National Bank Building with exquisite first floor decorations and a huge, gleaming safe, is now condominiums, and the marble banking floor is covered with an artificial surface for...

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BTU Community Conversation

Towson University is committed to community engagement and to making positive impacts in the Greater Baltimore region. However, we don’t do that work alone. We it do it through university-community partnerships. Earlier this week, we welcomed community partners to campus for BTU Community Conversation. The BTU Community Conversation was a part of the #TUprezschatzel inauguration week of activities. This forum was a chance for community organizations, businesses, schools, healthcare providers, museums, and more to provide feedback and to help lay the foundation for BTU – Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore, President Kim Schatzel’s framework to support and grow...

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University-Community Partnerships: Strong Neighborhoods

Since my last blog post, there have been some exciting developments regarding partnerships at TU! President Kim Schatzel announced the Baltimore-Towson University (BTU) framework. BTU is a priority that is aimed at elevating the work that we’re already doing with our partners to better address the needs of Greater Baltimore. BTU is focused on five primary impact areas: High-quality and equitable education Strong neighborhoods and sustainable communities Thriving and competitive economy Lifelong health and well-being Vibrant arts and cultural community Since my first posts in this series were about partnerships that are addressing education across Maryland, today we’re going...

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Top Occupations for Growth in Baltimore

At the Towson University Regional Economic Studies Institute’s (RESI) Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum this spring, RESI’s Chief Economist Dr. Daraius Irani (you can find his blog posts here) presented RESI’s occupational forecast for the state of Maryland. This forecast saw job growth in a number of professions, particularly for those related to the healthcare and construction industries. Based on audience interest regarding these occupation projections at the Forum, we decided to develop an occupational forecast at a finer level and examine Baltimore City. RESI uses the in-house developed PROM tool drawing upon data from the industry-recognized REMI model and...

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Baltimore, One Year Later

Just over a year has passed since Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody and the unrest that ensued (my blog about the unrest can be found here). Just over a year has passed since the protests arose, since public transit shut down, since a pharmacy and an under-construction senior center burned, since a State of Emergency was declared and the National Guard arrived, since Baltimore City residents fell asleep to the sounds of helicopters flying overhead to remind them of the curfew, since the Orioles played a fan-less game at Camden Yards. The unrest brought many of Baltimore...

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Accelerators, Incubators, and Ecosystems

At Towson University, in Baltimore County, 8 miles north of Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor, we run a high quality business incubator program called TU Incubator. We are currently supporting ~20 companies, ~50% of which are in-residence (flex space or private office), ~50% are virtual. This mix is quite purposeful, as we have a smaller footprint co-mingled and leveraging three other business units in the Division of Innovation and Applied Research whose collaborative strengths encompass continuing education, event coordination, economic and business analysis, GIS, marketing, partnerships, and workforce training. Our current incubator foci are 1) edtech and 2) support, one...

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Arts & Entertainment Districts: Economic and Fiscal Impacts

The Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University has the expertise to complete a wide array of projects, ranging from impact (or economic benefit) studies (as Daraius discussed in a previous post), supply and demand analysis, survey analysis, and advocacy support, just to name a few. While many of our projects focus on one area, we often have the opportunity to draw on multiple skills for a single client. This is the case for RESI’s work for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). Maryland State Arts Council A&E Districts For those who are unfamiliar with the organization, MSAC...

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2016 Towson University Showcase Preview

For the past nine years, Towson University’s Division of Innovation and Applied Research has partnered with Academic Affairs to host the Towson University Showcase. This event brings together faculty and staff with the greater community to discuss ways in which we can partner to solve challenges facing our region. I like to say that this event is where partnerships start, because this is the best time to meet faculty and staff who are doing fantastic work on our campus and in our communities. I also see this as an event where partnerships grow. Hundreds of area professionals from the...

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The Impending Bubble in EdTech? Not in Baltimore

2012–2015 attracted a great deal of entrepreneurs, investors, and awareness to education innovation, solutions often facilitated or driven by technology. I have been rolling up my sleeves there since the dot-com bubble but have never seen the kind of activity and interest in edtech that has occurred over the last five years. The need for improved conditions and outcomes in education is clear, a need perhaps only eclipsed in size by healthcare, or energy, or any industry that serves critical human need and is well behind in the innovation or disruption curve. Technology enabled service can be a catalyst...

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2015 Year In Review

A couple months back, I wrote a blog post about my experience getting to know the Division of Innovation and Applied Research. I was new to my job and trying to learn as much as I could about who we were and what we did. Fast forward to today, I am a lot more knowledgeable about the work we do, and if you’re a reader of this blog, you should be as well. Today, I am looking back at this blog with a Year In Review. By the end of 2015, we will have posted 99 blog posts by...

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