Why Downtown Baltimore?

The story of the new century is the story of the City, and Downtown Baltimore is leading the way. In Downtown Baltimore you’ll find the biggest business center developing in tandem with the fastest-growing residential area in the region.

With over 122,000 employees and nearly 43,000 residents, Downtown Baltimore is the 10th-largest downtown in the United States, and supports more employment than the geographically larger business districts in nearby Columbia and Towson, combined. And, with major residential units added to the market in 2016, we’re working hard to keep up with the demand of professionals working and living Downtown.

The Numbers

Downtown Baltimore is the most significant economic asset within Baltimore City and the region:

• 35% of all Baltimore jobs are in Downtown
• Downtown neighborhoods are the fastest-growing residential areas with 42,861 residents
• $1.2 billion retail dollars were spent last year in Downtown
• Downtown has 28 million sq feet of office space
• 293 hotels rooms were under construction in 2016, with 574 more coming in the next six years, helping to accommodate our 24 million annual visitors.


Your business is only as good as its people. Technology makes it possible to operate anywhere in the world. But, in a competitive global economy, more regional executives choose Downtown Baltimore because this is where their best and brightest employees want to be.

Incredible institutions like Johns Hopkins, Peabody, and University of Maryland; serious buzz in the tech start-up world, and  access to public transit, housing, restaurants, and night life are luring young talent to Baltimore everyday. More and more, college grads choose where they want to live before they choose where they want to work- a trend we’re benefitting from here in Baltimore.


Good things happen when creative people from different industries, backgrounds, and skill sets are in proximity to each other. That’s what drives innovation and it’s why businesses like T. Rowe Price, Under Armour, Legg Mason, PNC, Pandora, and R2i have made Downtown Baltimore their home.

In an isolated business park, it’s hard to find new clients or entertain existing ones. In Downtown, however, all you need to do is walk out your door and there’s a good chance you’ll run into your next big client. And when your out-of-town clients come here for a meeting, they have their pick of world-class hotels, attractions, and restaurants. What better way to show that your business is a player in the regional, national, and international economy?

  • Commitment to Downtown Employees

    Since our beginning, The Partnership has provided entry-level jobs with full benefits to thousands of Baltimore residents. Recently, while recognizing the hard work of our Operations Teams at our annual Employee of the Year luncheon, we announced that our starting salary will increase $15/hour starting September 1. Additionally, we celebrated our 2018 Employees of the Year, Downtown Baltimore Guide Brandon Merritt, Park Steward Danti Davis, and Clean Team Ambassador Eddie Buie for their hard work and contributions to Downtown Baltimore.

  • Summer Solstice Happy Hour

    Join SmartLogic for a community Happy Hour at City Garage. Come mingle with other entrepreneurs in the city and sip on some tasty (free) beverages! Beer, wine, and tasting by Old Line Distillery will be provided.

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  • Baltimore: High Salary Tech City

    Employees in Baltimore's tech and innovation industry make an average salary of $97,437 — putting Baltimore high on the list of major metro areas with big paychecks for tech professionals. This is good news for Baltimore, and great news for the State of Maryland.

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  • State of Downtown Report

    Baltimore ranks 11th among the most densely populated Downtown's in the country. We are ranked 14th for employment, just behind Atlanta and Pittsburgh, but above Miami and Dallas. And retail is strong- total Downtown sales rose to $1.242 billion in 2017. #ProudlyBaltimore

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  • Downtown Baltimore Development

    Check out our comprehensive catalog of projects within a one-mile radius of Pratt and Light Streets, including planned, under construction, and recently completed projects.More than half of a billion dollars in projects were delivered in 2016, a figure larger than 2014 and 2015, combined.

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Kayak to work. Shop during lunch. Jog through Downtown’s historic districts around the harbor. Enjoy live music at night, galleries on the weekend, and dinner with friends whenever you feel like it. Downtown Baltimore has waterfront views, green parks and plazas, historic buildings, afternoon Orioles games, and the best restaurants in the region. It’s got parking, transit, and walkability- all in an affordable, accessible urban center.


Here's a short list of incentives to do business in Baltimore.