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Loyola signs Baltimore City Anchor Plan

| By Nick Alexopulos
Baltimore City Anchor Plan
Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces the Baltimore City Anchor Plan at a press conference on June 25, 2014. Loyola President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., and other anchor institution leaders joined the mayor at the event.

Loyola University Maryland President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and fellow leaders representing Baltimore’s education and medical institutions to sign the Baltimore City Anchor Plan (BCAP), a collaborative effort to strengthen communities and foster economic growth and development across the city.

Through BCAP, Loyola and other anchor institutions will partner with city government to focus on innovative initiatives in four priority areas: public safety, local hiring, local purchasing, and quality of life. Anchor institutions are Baltimore City’s largest employers and serve as catalysts to attract and retain residents, create jobs, and drive economic growth.

Institutions that signed BCAP include Loyola, Johns Hopkins University, Bon Secours Hospital, Coppin State University, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Baltimore, Morgan State University, and Notre Dame of Maryland University.

“Across Baltimore, new developments are revitalizing our neighborhoods, and much of the credit belongs to the institutions that are represented here today,” said Rawlings-Blake at the signing ceremony at City Hall on June 25. “We need to plan for the future. For me that means bringing the city and our anchors together under one vision.”

The mayor emphasized that BCAP builds on work already being done by existing partnerships and commended several specific projects, including Loyola’s York Road Initiative.

“We’ve made phenomenal progress in the five years since we made a commitment to improve the lives of people living, working, and learning in our neighboring Govanstowne community and York Road commercial corridor,” said Fr. Linnane. “The Baltimore City Anchor Plan is an opportunity to work together and make even more progress as agents of positive change in the community.”

BCAP tasks Baltimore City government agencies with coordinating with anchors on homeownership incentives, neighborhood revitalization, recreational assets, public works and transportation capital investments, and business and employment services, and other city services.

The next step is to create a quarterly interagency meeting schedule and organize biannual Presidents Roundtable meetings between the mayor and anchor institution presidents to coordinate on priority areas.

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