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BMC publica un informe sobre la gobernanza y la financiación del transporte público regional de Baltimore

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BMC publica un informe sobre la gobernanza y la financiación del transporte público regional de Baltimore
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El informe incluye cinco recomendaciones para la acción oportuna de los gobiernos locales, la Asamblea General de Maryland y la administración de Moore-Miller.
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BALTIMORE, MD (lunes, 30 de enero de 2023) – El Consejo Metropolitano de Baltimore (BMC) publicó el lunes las recomendaciones del Grupo de Trabajo de Financiamiento y Gobernanza del Tránsito Regional de Baltimore. El grupo de trabajo fue formado por la Junta Directiva de BMC en julio de 2022 para desarrollar recomendaciones para el futuro del tránsito en nuestra región.

El grupo de trabajo estuvo presidido por el Delegado Tony Bridges (Baltimore City, Distrito 41), miembro de la Junta Directiva de BMC. “Estoy orgulloso de los resultados de este grupo y espero mantener nuestro impulso”, dijo Bridges. “Actuar de acuerdo con estas recomendaciones sería un gran paso para lograr un tránsito más equitativo, accesible y responsable para Baltimore”.

El grupo de trabajo incluyó a más de una docena de líderes de grupos comunitarios locales, agencias de planificación, empresas y sindicatos. La Senadora Mary Washington (Baltimore City, Distrito 43) representó al Senado Estatal en el grupo de trabajo. Los miembros se reunieron mensualmente hasta el otoño de 2022 para desarrollar las recomendaciones y escucharon los comentarios del público en cada sesión.

El informe incluye cinco recomendaciones para la acción oportuna por parte de nuestros gobiernos locales, la Asamblea General de Maryland y la administración de Moore-Miller.

  1. Crear una Comisión de Tránsito Regional de Baltimore;
  2. Requerir un recorrido del Plan de Transporte Regional Consolidado;
  3. Reestructurar los Programas LOTS para que los fondos flexibles puedan apoyar tanto el tránsito existente como el creciente;
  4. Reconstituir y facultar a la Comisión de Transporte de Maryland para que brinde supervisión y transparencia al proceso de CTP; y
  5. Llevar a cabo un estudio formal de la creación de una Autoridad de Tránsito Regional de Baltimore.

Consulte el informe completo para obtener más detalles.

“Esto podría cambiar las reglas del juego para ayudar a más residentes de la región a acceder a empleos, atención médica, educación, recreación, todo lo que respalde una mejor calidad de vida”, dijo el ejecutivo del condado de Howard, Calvin Ball, presidente de la junta de BMC. “Nuestro sistema de tránsito es importante para todos los condados de la región de Baltimore y esperamos asociarnos con la administración de Moore-Miller en estos esfuerzos”.

El informe señala que la región de Baltimore es la única gran área metropolitana del país con un sistema de tránsito operado por una agencia estatal sin la supervisión de una junta o comisión. Las partes interesadas locales carecen de influencia sobre cómo se planifica, construye, opera y financia la red de tránsito regional.

El informe recomienda la creación de una Comisión de Tránsito Regional de Baltimore para apoyar las operaciones de la red de servicios central de la MTA en la región de Baltimore como primer paso. También destaca la necesidad de respaldar el crecimiento de los sistemas de tránsito operados localmente de la región, particularmente en áreas que actualmente no cuentan con el servicio de la Administración de Tránsito de Maryland (MTA).

“El sistema de tránsito de Baltimore es uno de los más grandes de los Estados Unidos, pero nuestras comunidades tienen poca voz en su propio sistema”, dijo la Dra. Celeste Chavis, profesora de transporte y estudios de infraestructura urbana en la Universidad Estatal de Morgan y miembro del grupo de trabajo. “La ejecución de las recomendaciones de este informe tendrá un profundo impacto en las próximas décadas”.

El informe destaca la falta de inversión en la red central de tránsito de Baltimore. Después de la cancelación de la Línea Roja, la Administración de Tránsito de Maryland (MTA) avanzó con la construcción de la Línea Púrpura en los suburbios de DC. Solo los sobrecostos de la Línea Púrpura han excedido los costos totales estimados de la Línea Roja. Mientras tanto, el sistema de tránsito regional de Baltimore no ha visto una nueva línea ferroviaria desde 1993.

El informe también señala que la MTA ha identificado casi $2 mil millones en fondos necesarios para mantener un buen estado de conservación de sus activos durante la próxima década. Finalmente, el informe recomienda que la Asamblea General de Maryland estudie formalmente los méritos de una Autoridad de Tránsito Regional de Baltimore independiente. Esa recomendación exige un informe final en el otoño de 2024.

El director ejecutivo de BMC, Mike Kelly, agradeció a los miembros del grupo de trabajo por su atenta participación y se siente optimista sobre la perspectiva de un progreso significativo.

“Estas recomendaciones describen pasos tempranos pero importantes en un viaje mucho más largo”, dijo Kelly. “Tenemos una oportunidad realmente significativa aquí”.
 

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El Consejo Metropolitano de Baltimore (BMC) trabaja en colaboración con los principales funcionarios electos de la región para crear iniciativas para mejorar nuestra calidad de vida y vitalidad económica. BMC, como el consejo de gobiernos de la región de Baltimore, alberga la Junta Regional de Transporte de Baltimore (BRTB), la organización federal de planificación metropolitana (MPO), y apoya al gobierno local mediante la coordinación de esfuerzos en una variedad de áreas de política que incluyen preparación para emergencias, vivienda, compras cooperativas. , planificación ambiental y desarrollo de la fuerza laboral.

La junta directiva de BMC incluye a los ejecutivos de los condados de Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford y Howard, el alcalde de la ciudad de Baltimore, miembro de las juntas de comisionados del condado de Carroll y del condado de Queen Anne, miembro del Senado del estado de Maryland, miembro de la Cámara de Delegados de Maryland, y un gobernador designado del sector privado.

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BALTIMORE, MD (Thursday, October 6, 2022) – Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) released a report on the region’s housing growth in 2021, identifying ten housing “hot spots” in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties, as well as Baltimore City.

A total of 7,864 new residential units were permitted in the Baltimore region, according to BMC’s 2021 Residential Building Permit Activity Hot Spot Report, a 2.3 percent increase from the previous year. The top ten hot spots accounted for 39 percent of all new units. An interactive map displays permitting data across the region.

The hot spots are:

  • Baltimore Peninsula (formerly Port Covington) (South Baltimore) with 531 permitted units

  • Downtown Columbia (Columbia) with 472 permitted units

  • Two Rivers (Crofton) with 403 permitted units

  • Bristol Court Apts (Elkridge) with 311 permitted units

  • 7900 Sandy Farm Rd (Jessup/Severn) with 300 permitted units

  • Somerset (East Baltimore) with 268 permitted units

  • The Edge (Aberdeen/Havre de Grace) with 237 permitted units

  • 5501 Eastern Ave (Canton) with 227 permitted units

  • Meades Crossing, Meadowbrook (Taneytown) with 168 permitted units

  • Watershed (Maryland City) with 153 permitted units

 

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In 2021, 7,864 new units were permitted in the region, a growth of 2.3 percent from the previous year.

 

BMC compiles and maintains the region’s building permit information into a standardized database, displayed here in an interactive map. This database provides a continual record of plans for new and renovated residential and non-residential projects from all permits with an estimated construction value of $10,000 or more. This information is a leading indicator of new regional development patterns.

The latest hot spot report was released just after BMC's latest round of demographic forecasts, which project a population growth of 12.6 percent across the region by 2050. Howard County leads the jurisdictions with a projected 24.8 percent growth, followed by Harford and Anne Arundel Counties with 18.4 percent and 17.1 percent growth each. The forecasts also project growth in the number of households with similar results: Howard County leads with 34.5 percent growth, followed by Harford (23 percent) and Anne Arundel (18.4 percent).

In addition to these two projects, BMC worked with member jurisdictions to increase access to affordable housing in the region. In 2021, BMC celebrated the opening of Robinson Overlook, an affordable housing development in Columbia. Since 2015, BMC's Regional Project-Based Voucher Program has settled more than 30 families, with an additional 20 vouchers awarded in spring 2022, helping more families settle in affordable housing developments in and around Baltimore.

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) works collaboratively with the chief elected officials in the region to create initiatives to improve our quality of life and economic vitality. BMC, as the Baltimore region’s council of governments, hosts the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), the federal metropolitan planning organization (MPO), and supports local government by coordinating efforts in a range of policy areas including emergency preparedness, housing, cooperative purchasing, environmental planning and workforce development.

BMC’s Board of Directors includes the executives of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties, the mayor of the City of Baltimore, a member of the Carroll County and Queen Anne’s County boards of commissioners, a member of the Maryland State Senate, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, and a gubernatorial appointee from the private sector.

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BMC Brings Local Leaders to Detroit, MI for Chesapeake Connect 2022

BALTIMORE, MD (Wednesday, July 26, 2022) - The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) led its annual Chesapeake Connect trip to Detroit, Michigan from Wednesday, July 20 to Friday, July 22, bringing together leaders from across greater Baltimore to connect, reflect and learn from the experiences of a peer region.

Over 60 government, private sector and nonprofit leaders joined BMC in Detroit, with a program focused on unpacking the profound impact of Detroit’s 2013 municipal bankruptcy. Through site visits and discussions with local community leaders, BMC sought to curate an effective exploration of the innovative developments reinvigorating a great American city.

Clockwise from top left: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Rock Family of Companies, Marygrove Conservancy, Detroit Riverfront
Clockwise from top left: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Rock Family of Companies, Marygrove Conservancy, Detroit Riverfront.

Motor City, as Detroit became known due to its place as a global hub for auto manufacturing, shares many of the challenges facing Charm City, including a declining population, historic under-investment and barriers to building wealth in communities of color. Detroit has bright minds implementing brilliant ideas to counter these challenges, and the Chesapeake Connect trip posed the question: how can we bolster similar ideas in and around Baltimore?

The trip kicked off with a visit to the Union Carpenters and Millwrights Skilled Training Center, where participants heard from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan about his efforts to guide the city out of bankruptcy. Later that day, a tour of downtown concluded at One Campus Martius, where participants dined with the Rock Family of Companies and learned about their historic corporate and private investment in the city.

On day two, participants got a close-up view of development in Detroit’s neighborhoods, starting with the cradle-to-career campus opening at Marygrove Conservancy. That afternoon, small groups broke out to explore four industry hubs across the city. That evening, participants reconvened for dinner in the enclave of Hamtramck, hearing from Mayor Amer Ghalib and members of what is believed to be the country’s first all-Muslim city council.

For the final day, participants focused on open spaces and public waterfront development, touring the downtown Capitol Park and a five-mile pedestrian stretch of the Detroit Riverfront before a closing lunch at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center.

For more details about the trip, see BMC’s Chesapeake Connect 2022 story map or peruse the Chesapeake Connect 2022 Program.

Participants will be invited to join a Chesapeake Re-Connect wrap-up event to encourage a continuing dialogue about the innovations and development strategies observed in Detroit.

Previous Chesapeake Connect trips have brought leaders from the Baltimore region together in Philadelphia, Nashville, New Orleans and Cleveland. BMC has already begun planning the Chesapeake Connect 2023 trip and will announce the destination and dates early next year.

Chesapeake Connect 2022 would not have been possible without the support of sponsors, including Mercy Medical Center, 28 Walker, BGE, Exelon, Hartman Executive Advisors, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Southway Builders, Tradepoint Atlantic, the Baltimore Community Foundation, Design Collective, Loyola University Maryland, Morris & Ritchie Associates, Ballard Spahr, the Baltimore Development Corporation, Chase Brexton Health Care, Gordian Energy Systems, Howard Hughes, Park Heights Renaissance, University of Maryland Baltimore, the University of Maryland Medical System, Web Connection, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Meet the primes 2021

The Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee (BRCPC) recently released its 2021 Annual Report, outlining their work over the past year.

The report recaps activities of the committee including their procurement achievements in such unprecedented times, where the supply chain could not deliver essential supplies, such as N95 masks or certain food products. BRCPC was able to make these procurements, due largely to their willingness to adapt and collaborate through the committee. 

In addition to these accomplishments, the Energy Board continues to be a great example of efficient and innovative government. BMC works with its member jurisdictions and the State of Maryland to leverage their collective government buying power. Savings are realized through purchasing in quantity and consolidating the administrative costs associated with procurement. Twenty-four members of the Energy Board, along with several other entities participate in the wholesale market cooperative procurements for their energy requirements.

The gross worth of BRCPC’s Energy Board is approximately $111 M for electric and natural gas commodities. The Energy Board, comprising all participating parties, is the largest BGE customer.

The BRCPC Energy Board’s primary focus is the oversight of the energy cost management and procurement programs for both electric and natural gas supply portfolios. This includes receiving, researching, and assessing energy market developments including renewable energy on an ongoing basis.
BRCPC looks forward to continued collaboration and success in 2022.

To read the full 2021 annual report, visit: https://baltometro.org/purchasing/about

 

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The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments on its draft updated work plan and budget through Thursday, March 10, 2022.

The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the updated budget for FY 2023 on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

What is the UPWP?

The BRTB’s Budget & Work Program is known as the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Transportation Planning. It is a federal requirement that details projects, studies and other activities to be completed by BRTB members and staff of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC).

The BRTB develops this list of regional transportation planning activities every two fiscal years. This UPWP includes an updated budget for FY 2023 of $7,370,000. UPWP funds support staff for regional planning activities with some consultant assistance.

Several of the new proposed projects for FY 2023 include:

  • Safe System Approach: Support a safety culture that places safety first and foremost in road system investment decisions. To achieve a zero deaths vision, everyone must accept that fatalities and serious injuries are unacceptable and preventable.
  • Thirty Percent Design for Bicycle Trails: Advance planning for a segment of the Patapsco Regional Greenway to include all steps necessary to complete what is known as thirty percent design.
  • RTP LOTS Skills and Technology Support: Support the improvement and expansion of skills and access to technology for the Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in the Baltimore region.
  • Expanding Coverage for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: To support regional and equitable expansion of public light duty electric vehicle (EV) charging station infrastructure in the region.
  • Considerations and Preparations for Connected and Automated Vehicles: Develop customized recommendations for the region to prepare for connected and automated vehicles.

View the FY 2023 UPWP  |   Read a list of Frequently Asked Questions  |  Watch a recorded overview

Share Your Thoughts

Public input is essential to the development of the UPWP and we encourage people to view the draft document and tell us what you think.

The public is invited to provide feedback on the updated FY 2023 budget and proposed regional transportation planning activities from Tuesday, February 8 through Thursday, March 10, 2022.

View Comments and BRTB Response 

Please send all comments using one of the following options:

Online:

publicinput.com/2023UPWP

Text:

Text the phrase ‘2023upwp’ to the number 73224

Voicemail: 

Call toll free 855-925-2801 x 4231 and leave us a voicemail

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2023UPWP@PublicInput.com

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Direct Message @BaltoMetroCo  or @BmoreInvolved or use the hashtag #BRTBlistens

Mail:

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230

To learn more about the UPWP and the proposed updated budget and projects, please view a recorded presentation.

The public may also provide feedback during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB monthly meetings on February 22 or March 22 or when the BRTB votes on April 26, 2022. Due to the public health concerns presented by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all scheduled meetings will take place virtually. Please check the calendar for an updated schedule and links to attend the virtual meetings.

 

 

 

The BRTB is the federally recognized metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for transportation in the region. BMC provides the BRTB with staff support.

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws. Appropriate services can be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities or those in need of language assistance who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. Call 410- 732-0500. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258 to initiate a TTY call through Maryland Relay. Si se necesita información de Título VI en español, llame al 410-732-0500.

 

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council has released its 2020 Residential Building Permit Activity Hot Spot Report. The document outlines the residential hot spots in our region in 2020.

Every new construction project and any significant improvement to an existing structure requires a building permit issued by the local government--the county or an incorporated municipality. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council tracks permits issued in all seven of its jurisdictions.

In 2020, a total of 7,689 new residential units were permitted in the Baltimore Region. This figure represents an 11% increase over the previous year. The top ten most active or “hottest” residential developments, in terms of the number of units permitted, accounted for 34.7% of all new units in the region. The top-10 residential hot spots developments are spread across five jurisdictions: Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. Nearly 71% of the 2,670 residential units permitted in the region’s hot spots are multi-family or mixed-use. Just over 29% are single family units.

The 2020 Residential Hot Spot Report also outlines the top five residential developments in each county.

View the 2020 Residential Building Permit Activity Hot Spot Report:

About BMC’s Building Permit Data

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council compiles and maintains the region’s building permit information into a standardized database. This database provides a continual record of plans for new and renovated residential and non-residential projects from all permits with an estimated construction value of $10,000 or more. The BMC staff uses this information as a leading indicator of new regional development patterns. Our Building Permits Dashboards summarize this data and are made available to the public on the BMC website.

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council led its annual Chesapeake Connect trip, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wednesday, October 13 - Thursday, October 15, 2021. Chesapeake Connect brings leaders from across Baltimore region to a peer region for a three-day learning experience.

Over 60 leaders from across the region traveled by train from Baltimore Penn Station to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station for the event. The agenda included presentations by Philadelphia leaders, tours of parks and public assets, and visits to non-profits and development sites with lessons for the Baltimore region.

The first day of the program focused on West Philadelphia’s University City, and the decades of cooperative investment by the City of Philadelphia and anchor institutions like the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The day ended with a visit to the Enterprise Center, one of the most innovative and successful urban entrepreneurship centers in the entire country.

Our second day started with executive briefings on Philadelphia’s efforts to equitable invest in broadband access and aging city assets. Those briefings were followed by a tour of Dillworth Park, a privately managed park just outside of Philadelphia’s historic City Hall. The group then split into small groups to visit neighborhood development sites, groundbreaking urban trails, a nationally recognized public art effort and the Navy Yard, one of the largest redevelopment efforts on the east coast.

Our final day in Philadelphia began with a discussion of regionalism with leaders from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. The program closed with a tour of FDR Park, Philadelphia’s only Olmstead park that is currently in the midst of a strategic redesign to better meet the needs of a growing and diverse immigrant community in South Philadelphia.

The City of Brotherly Love, shares many of the same strengths and challenges of the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Both places boast of vibrant cultural and university districts, some of the world’s leading research institutions and balance of urban living with attractive and desirable suburban communities.

However, both places struggle with the socio-economic impacts of redlining, a crisis of substance abuse, and deep rooted economic, health, and technology based disparities made clearer by the pandemic.

Like Baltimore, Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, and every neighborhood story is unique. Over the three day event, attendees heard first hand from Philadelphia’s leaders and decision makers about the wins, pitfalls and works in progress that define the Philadelphia region.

The 2021 trip came after the necessary cancellation of the 2020 Chesapeake Connect trip, slated for Minneapolis, Minnesota. In response to the worldwide pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, BMC repurposed the trip into the “Chesapeake Connect Podcast.” The podcast focuses on a deeper exploration of the Baltimore region, through conversations with elected officials, non-profits, local companies and WYPR’s Tom Hall.

Past trips have included Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA , and Cleveland, OH.

BMC will begin planning for Chesapeake Connect 2022 soon and will announce a destination and dates for the trip next spring. BMC is hopeful for another successful in person event.

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The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) held their annual conference from Tuesday, October 5th through Friday, October 8th, 2021. The conference attracted over 300 attendees from 80 metropolitan areas.

The BRTB participated in many ways throughout the conference. BRTB Chair, Ramond Robinson, moderated a session on Transit Planning and Travel Behavior, where presenters discussed the Regional Transportation Commission’s (Southern Nevada) On-Board Mobility Plan process and Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s (MWCOG) strategies on how to encourage commuters to reconsider transportation options and habits.

BRTB Vice Chair, D’Andrea Walker, moderated a session on Transit, where presenters discussed the Fredericksburg Area MPO’s attempt to understand mode choice and MWCOG shared how they are advancing aspirational transit projects.

BMC Transportation Director, Todd Lang, moderated a panel on Activity Based Modeling, exploring AMPO’s ActivitySim consortium model and project progress to date, and more.

BMC Assistant Transportation Director, Regina Aris, moderated sessions on Partnerships and Core Products featuring Memphis Area MPO and the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Presenters shared best practices for Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) planning, programming, project tracking, coordination and using scenario planning for their long-range transportation plan update.

BMC’s Bala Akundi presented on implementing a Safe Systems Approach. This panel discussion explored opportunities for MPO’s to integrate a new FHWA framework, the Safe System Approach.

The BRTB was largely engaged in sessions, participating in many panel discussions while sharing strategies, experiences, learnings and challenges. Our staff and board took advantage of the opportunity to, yet again, be in a space where we could learn from peer MPOs and provide guidance on our unique methodologies that have brought us success over the last year.

Mr. Lang is in the final year of his elected position on the AMPO Board of Directors and with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee.

The AMPO is a resource for MPOs throughout the country, providing a platform for training, education, case studies, networking, peer-exchange and more.

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Meet the primes 2021

Baltimore County and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council host the 13th Annual Meet the Primes Virtual event on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, where small and minority owned businesses (MBE/SBE) are connected with prime contract bidders.

The event provides a chance for attendees to speak directly with a representative from a prime company or government agency that has identified sub-contracting needs for their current and upcoming projects.

Over 60 exhibitors attended this event.

The virtual event also hosted breakout sessions giving exhibitors the opportunity to hold discussions away from the group meeting. This allows businesses the opportunity to pick which exhibitors they would like to hear from, similar to visiting a booth at a physical event.

This event continues to empower those in our region to build new partnerships and access the buying capacity of our governments.

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Five years after BMC and the region’s public housing authorities (PHAs) received a seed grant and issued our first request for proposals (RFP), our Regional Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program is bringing new affordable homes to several communities and helping low-income families access the full educational and economic opportunity of our metropolitan area.

On August 30, BMC Housing Policy Coordinator Dan Pontious joined Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Maryland Housing Secretary Ken Holt, Howard County Housing Commission Executive Director Peter Engel, and officials from the Woda Cooper Companies to cut the ribbon on Robinson Overlook, a new 48-unit Woda Cooper development of affordable rental homes in the Hickory Ridge Village of Columbia.

BMC was proud to take part in this event where rent subsidies in our program award, along with highly competitive Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other funding from the state, helped Woda Cooper secure key financing for Robinson Overlook. Our voucher award also ensures that eight low-income families from our participating jurisdictions will be able to live in this attractive, safe community and have their children attend Howard County’s high-performing schools.

Robinson Overlook joins the recently-opened Riverwatch II in Elkridge and Homes for Fountain Green in Bel Air as the first Regional PBV awardees to lease affordable homes to families. They are three of eleven total awardees in five jurisdictions that have received a total of 101 project-based vouchers. Those eleven developments in our region include nearly 800 overall rental homes affordable to households at various incomes.

The vouchers in this program come from the six participating housing authorities – the Housing Authorities of the Cities of Baltimore and Annapolis, Baltimore County Department of Housing and Community Development, Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County, Howard County Housing Commission, and Harford County Housing Agency – as well as the nonprofit Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP).

BRHP, which already carries out a significant regional program using Housing Authority of Baltimore City vouchers, administers all of the project-based vouchers in our program and provides housing counseling to participants, as well. That counseling includes help with any credit issues, family budgeting, and guidance on working with property owners and managers, as well as rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

This Regional PBV Program is part of BMC’s work with local housing authorities and jurisdictions to carry out their duty to affirmatively further fair housing. That duty, imposed by the 1968 Fair Housing Act, is to operate housing programs that counter the federal government’s prior history of promoting racial segregation that excluded African Americans and other racial groups from educational and economic opportunity.

The Regional PBV Program began in 2016 through a pool of 100 project-based vouchers pledged by participants and a $550,000 seed grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for central coordination and housing mobility counseling. Collaborating agencies have now added 93 more vouchers to the regional pool and are sustaining the funding of central coordination at BMC. A rolling RFP is open through 2021.

Regional Project-Based Voucher Program Brings Affordability to Communities