ABOUT CHESAPEAKE CONNECT Chesapeake Connect is a three (3) day regional delegation trip to a peer metropolitan region, designed to introduce participants to best practices in transportation planning, community development, economic development and workforce development. Chesapeake Connect 2017 is the first of what we expect to be an annual program. VISION Chesapeake Connect aims to share compelling initiatives and practices that may be brought to the Baltimore region; and, through an immersive learning experience, foster working relationships among leaders in our region. PARTICIPANTS Participants will include many of the chief elected officials of the counties in the Baltimore region as well as a select group of executive level business, non-profit and government leaders. All invitees are nominated by a member of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Board of Directors. Space is limited to approximately 50 participants. Why Cleveland? Cleveland was identified as a peer post-industrial city struggling with population decline. Other similarities to our region include a renewed focus on growing the region's manufacturing sector, the influence of anchor institutions in the redevelopment of the City and the region's growing suburban communities.
Allan H. Kittleman Howard County Executive & BMC Board Chair
Catherine E. Pugh Baltimore City Mayor
Michael B. Kelly Executive Director of BMC
Phil Freelon Perkins + Will
Victoria Slaker Ammunition
Steven R. Schuh Anne Arundel County Executive & BMC Vice-Chair
Stephen Wantz Carroll County Commissioner
James J. Moran Queen Anne's County Commissioner
William C. Ferguson Maryland State Senator
Stephen W. Lafferty Maryland State Delegate
J. Thomas Sadowski Vice Chancellor for Econ. Dev., University System of Maryland
The HealthLine is Cleveland's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, serving the Euclid Corridor. It connects the two largest regional employment areas, Downtown and University Circle, and extends to the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere in East Cleveland.
The first suburbs consortium is the first government-led advocacy organization in the country working to revitalize mature, developed communities and raise public and political awareness of the problem and inequities associated with urban sprawl and urban disinvestment.
Richey Piiparinen is a Senior Research Associate at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. He focuses on migration, demography, culture, and economic and community development.
MidTown Cleveland, Inc. is a 501(c)3 economic development corporation founded in 1982 by Morton L. Mandel and other visionary business leaders. It serves a two-square mile district between Downtown Cleveland and University Circle.
Established in 1914, The Cleveland Foundation was the world's first community foundation. It is America's fourth-largest community foundation. It is made up of more than 800 grant funds representing individuals, families, organizations and corporations.
NOACA's Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) provides assistance to communities and public agencies for integrated transportation and land use planning and projects that strengthen community livability
is a quasi-governmental non-profit corporation established in Ohio in 2009. It was established to respond to the effects of the United States housing bubble in Cleveland and surrounding Cuyahoga County, where the housing bubble had a particularly strong impact.
EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that gives formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for long-term success.
The development, service, and advocacy organization responsible for the growth of University Circle neighborhood (including Case Western Reserve University, University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center and several cultural institutions) as a premier urban district and world-class center of innovation in health care, education, and arts & culture.