The Opportunity Collaborative
The Opportunity Collaborative (The Collaborative) was the consortium charged with developing a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) for the Baltimore region. Funded by a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the Collaborative began in 2010 and released the RPSD in 2015. The Collaborative’s members included local governments, state agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations. The Co-Chairs of the Collaborative were William H. Cole IV, President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation, and Scot T. Spencer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Under the guidance of Michael B. Kelly, Executive Director, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council was the lead partner in the effort and served as staff to the Collaborative.
The RPSD is a collective effort of governments, organizations, and community partners to connect traditionally separate planning efforts and to develop new strategies to reduce regional disparities and improve the quality of life for all our citizens. In addition to the RPSD, the Collaborative developed regional plans in the areas of housing and workforce development and funded innovative and transformative efforts through a series of grants.
The work of the Opportunity Collaborative has helped to shape policy decisions at the state and local level. In April of 2016, the Opportunity Collaborative’s work was recognized with the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.
Opportunity Collaborative Documents and Reports
Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) – June 2015
Measures of Opportunity in the Baltimore Metropolitan Region - September 2013
Housing Committee Reports
Strong Communities, Strong Region - The Baltimore Regional Housing Plan & Fair Housing Equity Assessment – November 2014
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice – February 2012
Fair Housing Guides
Owner Occupied - July 2014 - English
Owner Occupied – July 2014 - Spanish
Renters and Property Owners – July 2014 - Spanish
Renters and Property Owners – July 2014 - Korean
Workforce Committee Reports
Strong Workforce, Strong Economy - The Baltimore Regional Workforce Development Plan – March 2015
The Baltimore Regional Talent Development Pipeline Study – October 2013
Barriers to Employment Opportunity in the Baltimore Region – June 2014
Career Pathways in the Baltimore Region- Transportation & Logistics - September 2014
Career Pathways – STEM - Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and Baltimore County – January 2016