The Downtown Management Authority Annual Board Meeting to approve the budget will take place Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:30am. Please RSVP to Joy Handy Lane at jlane@dpob.org to receive a Zoom link.
Downtown Management Authority will hold a public forum for feedback and input on the annual budget on April 25th, 11am at Downtown Partnership’s office (at 20 S. Charles St. 6th Floor). RSVP to Joy Handy Lane at jlane@dpob.org.
The Downtown Management Authority Annual Board Meeting to approve the final budget will take place Friday, April 26th at 1:00pm.
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Fostering Growth in Downtown Baltimore

Economic Development

Downtown Baltimore is the largest economic engine in the city, generating more than $122 million in property taxes, 85% of hotel taxes, 75% of the parking taxes, and 16% of all income taxes collected by the City. To keep this engine humming, we provide research-driven initiatives that foster development and track Downtown’s economic progress.

"Baltimore is a great place to start a business. Downtown has vibrancy, life, and creative energy. We have found our people here."

Keyia Yalcin, Owner of Fishnet

Photo by Jon Bregel. Read Keyia’s full story at Baltimore Small Business Stories. 

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Economic Development Work

Our Economic Development team serves as a resource for businesses looking to move, grow or expand in Downtown. We also help connect businesses — both large and small — to funding and business development opportunities, track development projects in the one-mile radius of Downtown, and sponsor an evolving variety of additional projects and initiatives that positively benefit the economy in the Central Business District.

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Business Attraction and Retention

Our Economic Development team serves as a resource for businesses looking to move, grow or expand in Downtown. By actively monitoring legal issues impacting businesses and keeping on top of the latest tax incentives and historical preservation news and updates, we help businesses navigate growth in Baltimore.

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State Center Relocation

In spring of 2021, Governor Hogan announced an allocation of funds to relocate over 3,000 state workers to Baltimore’s Central Business District, in an effort to fill vacancies and boost Downtown Baltimore’s economy. Downtown Partnership's Economic Development team is helping to track these relocation efforts.

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Small Business Grants

Downtown Partnership has a number of internal grant programs to help small businesses in Baltimore secure funding. We also track and help connect businesses to external funding sources.

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Community Revitalization Grants

Downtown Partnership partners with different for-profit companies, to help secure funding for large-scale development projects through Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's revitalization grant programs.

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Tracking Downtown Development

Downtown Partnership’s comprehensive development map includes up-to-date information about current, upcoming, and historic development projects in a one-mile radius of Downtown Baltimore.

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Advocating for Large-Format Signage in Downtown Baltimore

Downtown Partnership is sponsoring the North Harbor ASSC (Area of Special Sign Control) legislation and Planning Commission Boundary approval. The idea is to bring innovative, community-focused signage to Downtown Baltimore buildings, that will not only address lighting concerns in poorly lit corridors, but will also provide free advertising space for community organizations and artists, and direct funding to all of Baltimore's Arts & Entertainment Districts.

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Building Momentum: State of Downtown Baltimore Recap

With over 550 local leaders in attendance, plus insights from Brookings Placemaking Expert, Downtown Partnership highlights the progress made, and the potential for growth to come at annual State of Downtown Breakfast, presented by Gallagher Evelius & Jones.

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Delivering Wins Now: Highlights from Downtown Baltimore’s Annual Meeting

Looking back on 40 years of accomplishments while boldly and strategically forging new paths for the future, Downtown Partnership brings together community leaders at Annual Meeting, presented by Baker Donelson.

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Highlighting Downtown’s progress and potential for growth at annual State of Downtown Breakfast

With the year marked by record state investment in Baltimore’s core, Downtown Partnership highlights the progress made, and the growth to come at annual State of Downtown Breakfast, presented by Gallagher Evelius & Jones.

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