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Press Release

Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD (Wednesday, June 30, 2021) – The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) hosted its virtual meeting Tuesday, June 22 at 9 a.m. approving Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman as its FY 2022 chair, and Baltimore County Executive, John Olszewski Jr., as its vice-chair.

“The BRTB approaches transportation the way it should be done - from a regional perspective," Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “It’s an honor to lead the organization in a time when regional leaders are aligned and the federal government is prepared to invest in public transportation.”

FY 2022 BRTB Vice Chair, County Executive Olszewski Jr., said “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the vice-chair of the BRTB and look forward to working alongside our regional partners to continue building a stronger, more resilient, and forward-thinking region.

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) works collaboratively with the chief elected officials in the region to create initiatives to improve the 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.

Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD (Monday, August 2, 2021) – Community members from around the Baltimore region are invited to take part in the Cycle September bicycle challenge from Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and generous sponsors have partnered with Love to Ride to continue to bring the free online biking challenge and encouragement program to the region.

Community members can register now as individuals or as part of a workplace team at LovetoRide.net/CentralMD.

Bike rides to any location are eligible for Cycle September. Participants can consider biking to grab a bite to eat, to the store, the playground, to work or school, or around their neighborhood, while they earn points for every mile they ride, every day they ride, and every new person they encourage to ride throughout September.

Participants who register and ride during September have a chance to win both local and challenge-wide prizes including gear and apparel or $50 gift certificates to their favorite local bike shop. The event also features a local grand prize drawing of a $150 gift certificate to the winner’s local bike shop of choice.

The Love to Ride platform is an easy-to-run team building and staff engagement program that supports sustainability goals. Workplaces who participate can measure the collective impact of their organization by tracking how many miles and bike rides the team takes and how much CO2 (carbon dioxide) is saved during the month-long challenge. Riders can join a workplace team or start a new one to compete against other workplaces during the Cycle September challenge to see who can earn the most points in their size category for bragging rights and a framed winner’s certificate. Love to Ride calculates workplace points by adding up the individual points of each team member.

Love to Ride is supported by donations from generous sponsors: Anne Arundel County Commuter Crew, Baltimore City Department of Transportation, Rideshare of Baltimore and Carroll Counties, Clean Air Partners, Downtown Columbia Partnership, Harford County Public Library, Harford County Transit Link, Harford Commute Smart, Go Howard, Joe's Bike Shop, Maryland Department of Transportation, Race Pace Bicycles, Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland, and RK&K.

About Love to Ride Central MD

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council has partnered with Love to Ride to bring more fun, more community, and more inspiration to get more people biking. Love to Ride is a year round biking encouragement program where individuals can track the miles they bike and win incentive prizes, increasing the number of bike trips people take and encourages those who have not ridden in a while to get back on a bike. There are also two challenges per year, Bike Month in May and Cycle September, where workplaces compete to win in their respective size categories. LovetoRide.net/CentralMD.

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) works collaboratively with the chief elected officials in the region to create initiatives to improve the 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.

Press Release

[Baltimore, MD, April 22, 2021] 

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) will host a virtual public forum and panel discussion to inform and garner public feedback on the Baltimore Region Transit Governance & Funding Study on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6 pm.

The panel discussion will feature transit professionals and experts from organizations across the nation who will discuss their experience and insight into the transit operations, funding and related issues as well as share their knowledge on issues related to transit governance.

Panelists include:

  • David Bragdon, Executive Director of TransitCenter
  • Naomi Doerner, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Nelson\Nygaard
  • Paul Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation
  • Diane Jones Allen, Professor, University of Texas, Arlington

The public forum will provide attendees an opportunity to hear directly from national experts and to better understand how Baltimore can take lessons learned to propose changes that better meet the region’s goals. The public will also be offered the opportunity to share their thoughts after the presentation.

Registration is now open at https://publicinput.com/e1101.

Those who cannot make the virtual public forum and panel discussion, but would like to offer input, can complete the online survey by visiting publicinput.com/e1101 or by texting X032 to 73224. Comments will also be accepted by email at: X032@PublicInput.com or Twitter @BaltoMetroCo, @BmoreInvolved, or #BRTBlistens. 

What is the Baltimore Region Transit Governance and Funding Study?

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is one of the few state run transit systems in the country and is facing funding challenges.

The Baltimore Region Transit Governance & Funding Study will develop potential alternatives for the structure, organization, and funding of public transit in the Baltimore region including scenarios to enhance and balance local jurisdiction engagement and potential contributions to achieve regional and local public transit performance goals. These scenarios will be developed and considered in the context of public transit funding structures in the State of Maryland.

The study is being developed through a collaborative process between the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) members and regional stakeholders, and is supported by research and analysis.

The goal is to develop four (4) potential governance options that are:

  • Based on an understanding of transit’s historical development in the region
  • Realistic about constraints
  • Creative in providing opportunities for change

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) works collaboratively with the chief elected officials in the region to create initiatives to improve the 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.

Press Release

Bicyclists from around the Baltimore region are invited to take part in the 24th annual Bike to Work celebration scheduled for Monday, May 17- Sunday, May 23. Registration opens April 15 at biketoworkmd.com.

Organized by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and its member jurisdictions, Bike to Work Week is a socially-distanced cycling challenge to encourage commuting by bike. Riders qualify for free t-shirts, giveaways, and prizes, plus discover the advantages of a cleaner commuting option.

Participants who register for the event may ride any time during the week and pick up event shirts and other giveaways at participating bike shops throughout the region.

This year’s event, once again, includes a random prize drawing for gear and goodies as well as features a grand prize drawing for a new bike. All registered riders have a chance to win regional prizes. Free event t-shirts and goodie bags can be picked up at any time during the week, but are limited to the first 1,500 riders. Registration for Bike to Work Week 2021 is open through Saturday, May 22, at biketoworkmd.com.

To make Bike Month even more fun, BMC offers cyclists a free online cycling challenge and encouragement program called Love to Ride. This fun, friendly, and free competition between workplaces, clubs, and individuals uses prize drawings, leaderboards, and virtual networking to challenge users to get more people cycling – especially new riders. The program is year-round and features special prize challenges in May for Corporate Challenge participants.

Riders can register at lovetoride.net to earn points for every mile they ride, every day they ride, and every new person they encourage to ride. Individuals only have to ride for ten minutes anytime, anywhere – for fun, fitness, transportation, or even indoors – to be eligible for prizes and help their team climb the leaderboard.

Both Bike to Work Week and Love to Ride are supported by donations from generous sponsors. BMC member jurisdictions Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Queen Anne counties, along with Baltimore City serve as local organizers. Funding is provided in part by Clean Air Partners, Downtown Columbia Partnership, Harford Transit LINK, Commuter Crew, Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland, Harford Commute Smart, Race Pace Bicycles, the Maryland Department of Transportation, RK&K, Harford County Public Library, and Joe’s Bike Shop.

About Bike to Work Week

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council organizes an annual Bike to Work celebration in the region. Bike to Work Week is a campaign that celebrates bicycling as a healthy commuting option while promoting public awareness of its safety and environmental benefits. Bike to Work Week helps raise awareness of the rules of the road for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, and also highlights the need to improve bicycle facilities to improve safety.

About Love to Ride Central MD

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council has partnered with Love to Ride to bring more fun, more community, and more inspiration to get more people riding. Love to Ride is a biking encouragement website and app free to anyone who lives or works in the Central MD region.

Press Release

[Baltimore, MD, March 4, 2021] 

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) applauds the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a renewable power purchase agreement on behalf of local governments in the Baltimore region. Baltimore County, as chair of the Baltimore region’s Energy Board, will lead the RFP process.

The Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee (BRCPC) works with regional procurement officers from its eight county/city membership to aggregate purchasing volumes of like commodities and services to leverage government buying power. BMC hosts and provides staff support to the work of BRCPC and its subcommittees, including the Energy Board.

The Energy Board is responsible for energy cost management and procurement programs for both electric and natural gas supply on behalf of its 24 members (including local governments, community colleges, public schools, museums and libraries). The committee reviews and assesses energy market developments, including renewable energy, on an ongoing basis. The combined portfolios for the Energy Board’s 24 participants was $84.7 million in fiscal year 2020. The Energy Board purchases more than 1.62 million MWhs of electricity and 2.5 bcf in natural gas per year. The Board is the largest purchaser of electricity in the State of Maryland.

By working together, Energy Board members negotiate significant cost savings on energy purchases. When compared to Baltimore Gas and Electric’s (BGE’s) standard offer service (SOS) rates alternative during FY20 for non-hourly priced accounts, members saved $10.0 million on electricity. From the electric portfolio’s inception in June 2006 through June 30, 2020, the portfolio has generated savings of $173.8 million when compared to BGE’s non-hourly priced SOS rates.

“The cooperative energy purchasing facilitated through BMC and the Energy Board is a model of regional government collaboration,” said Carroll County Commissioner and BMC Board Chair Stephen Wantz. “We are proud of the nearly 15 years and millions in savings this group has achieved on behalf of taxpayers and we commend our partners in Baltimore County for leading the way in this next evolution of the committee’s work.”

For roughly two years, the Energy Board has explored leveraging their collective buying power to support new renewable energy development and secure additional renewable energy certificates in accordance with the State of Maryland’s goal of achieving 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. The RFP released today by Baltimore County represents months of analysis, discussion and deliberation by the participating organizations. The RFP seeks a supply of 160,000 to 240,000 MWh of renewable energy and associated renewable energy certificates annually from one or more of the following sources: wind, solar, or other renewable energy plants. The Energy Board aims to achieve a 10 to 15 percent mix of renewable sources by comparison to its current energy portfolio, with electricity delivery to begin as soon as July 1, 2022.

“This is an important next step in our County’s—and our region’s—ongoing commitment to combatting climate change and growing the green economy,” said Baltimore County Executive and Immediate Past-Chair of the BMC Board Johnny Olszewski. “This planned power purchase will help our governments better support renewable energy production today and will reduce our carbon footprint in the years to come.”

This renewable power purchase was spurred by a number of factors, including new renewable portfolio standard goals set by the State, growing concerns about the effects of climate change, leadership by regional peers in Philadelphia and greater Washington, and a desire to build capacity in the renewable energy market.

“We are extremely proud of this RFP and the potential for a sizable renewable power purchase agreement for the Baltimore region,” said BMC Executive Director Mike Kelly. “As the single largest purchaser of energy in Maryland, we have an important part to play in achieving our state’s portfolio standard goals of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.”

The following Energy Board members will participate in this procurement: Anne Arundel Community College, Anne Arundel County Government, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Baltimore City Government, Baltimore City Housing Authority, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore County Government, Baltimore County Libraries, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Revenue Authority, Baltimore Museum of Art, Carroll County Government, City of Aberdeen, City of Annapolis, City of Bowie, City of Westminster, Community College of Baltimore County, Harford Community College, Harford County Government, Harford County Public Schools, Howard Community College, Howard County Government, Howard County Public Schools, Walters Art Museum. Additionally, the following non-Energy Board members will also participate: Montgomery County Public Schools, and Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium – Energy Trust.

Press Release

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments on its draft Budget & Work Program for Fiscal Years 2022-2023 through Thursday, March 11, 2021.

The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the final Budget & Work Program on Friday, April 16. 

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 a budget for FY 2022 of $9,000,000 and an estimated FY 2023 budget of $6,290,000.

UPWP funds support staff for regional planning activities with some consultant assistance. New projects for FY 2022 include:

  • Patapsco Regional Greenway – Funds consultant services to advance the design and planning for a segment of the Patapsco Regional Greenway, the proposed 30-mile trail from Sykesville in Carroll County to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Segment: Guinness Open Gate Brewery to the Southwest Area Park.
  • Corridor Analysis to support Implementation of the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan – to begin the corridor feasibility study phase by defining and evaluating preliminary alternatives for a number of the corridors identified in the RTP. Analysis may include routes, service patterns, alignments, levels of service, potential modes and system requirements. Evaluation could include elements from the FTA Capital Investment Grant program and/or a P3 screening mechanism.

View the draft FY 2022-2023 UPWP or a list of Frequently Asked Questions

B’More Involved

The public is invited to provide feedback on these proposed regional transportation planning activities through Thursday, March 11, 2021.

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

Please send all comments in writing to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER MAIL FAX
BRTB Comment Form comments@baltometro.org @BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved
#BRTBlistens
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-732-8248

 

The public may also provide feedback during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB monthly meetings on Tuesday, February 23, Tuesday, March 23, or before the BRTB votes on Friday, April 16. 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.

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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.

CConnect Podcast

[Baltimore, MD, January 25, 2021]

Every fall, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council leads Chesapeake Connect, an immersive program that brings Baltimore’s leaders to explore the ins and outs of a peer region during a three day learning experience.

Because of the pandemic, last year’s program was put on hold. Like everything else right now we had to find a way to run this program from home. For this year only, Chesapeake Connect will be a podcast, and we’re thrilled to announce that our host region will be Baltimore, Maryland.

Launching today, the Chesapeake Connect Podcast will pair members of BMC’s board with program alumni to explore issues and stories that shape life here in Baltimore. Produced by WYPR and hosted by “Midday’s” Tom Hall, this bi-weekly series is a chance to think about our own region in the same way that we’ve looked at Cleveland, New Orleans and Nashville.

Episode 1 features John A. Olszewski, Jr., Baltimore County Executive, and Scot Spencer, Associate Director of Local Policy, Annie E. Casey Foundation. Our guests reflect on their experience with the program and how the trip brings together regional leaders to take an unvarnished look at a peer region. Future episodes will feature discussions on the role tourism plays in revitalizing Baltimore’s neighborhoods, how our partners are rising to the challenges of the pandemic, and what the Preakness means for the entire region.

Tune in today to hear the Chesapeake Connect Podcast: Reflections on our Region. Episode 1: "What is Chesapeake Connect?"

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Carroll County Commissioner Stephen Wantz to Serve as 2021 Board of Directors Chair

[Baltimore, MD, January 15, 2021] 

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) hosted its virtual board of directors meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021, unanimously approving Carroll County Commissioner Stephen Wantz as its chair and Harford County Executive Barry Glassman as vice-chair for calendar year 2021. The board also welcomed Mayor Brandon Scott, who will serve as the 52nd Mayor of the region’s central city.

“I am proud to represent Carroll County on the BMC,” said Commissioner Wantz. “The region’s strength and success are valuable to the county, the region and Maryland as a whole. I look forward to continuing regional collaborative efforts with my colleagues as we work on the challenges ahead.”

Following the approval of the incoming chair and vice-chair, consultants from Nelson/ Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. provided a presentation on the Baltimore Region Transit Governance and Funding Study, a report commissioned by BMC’s sister body, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board.

Mike Kelly, Executive Director of BMC, also presented key data points from BMC’s Baltimore Regional Recovery Dashboard, highlighting the industry sectors most exposed to pandemic risk and closures, job loss by sector, unemployment insurance claims, as well as vehicle traffic volume and transit ridership.

“Commissioner Wantz has been an invaluable board member and we are pleased to have his leadership as the region navigates the year ahead,” said Kelly. “His 30 year career as a firefighter and extensive knowledge of emergency management will be an asset as our member jurisdictions continue their efforts toward recovery.”

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) works collaboratively with the chief elected officials in the region to create initiatives to improve the 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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New Statistics Illustrate COVID-19’s Economic Impact in Q2 of 2020

BALTIMORE, MD (December 21, 2020) – The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (“BMC”) issued an update to its Baltimore Regional Recovery Dashboard entitled “Monthly Employment by Industry and Jurisdiction” featuring employment figures from January of 2019 to June of 2020. This data, pulled from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), includes the newest employment figures available from Q2 of 2020. This QCEW release is the first publicly reported data from the early months of the pandemic. BMC’s dashboard aims to illustrate the initial economic impact of COVID-19 on jobs in the Baltimore Region.

Maryland experienced a 14.1% decline in total employment in April of 2020 as compared to April of 2019. The Baltimore Region saw a 13.7% drop in jobs during the same period, with Queen Anne’s leading in percentage job loss among counties in the region at 24.4%. Anne Arundel County saw a 16.2% drop, while Baltimore County experienced a 15.1% loss.

Looking at employment in February of 2020 – prior to government restrictions on businesses and social gatherings – as compared to June of this year, the state as a whole saw a 9.1% decline in employment while the Baltimore Region experienced a loss of 8.9%. Howard saw the largest drop in jobs among counties in the region during this same period with an 11.2% decline, while Anne Arundel experienced a loss of 10.5%.

“We know our neighbors and local businesses are struggling amid COVID-19 and this important update will provide elected leaders with the first regional picture of the pandemic’s impact on employment,” said Baltimore County Executive and BMC Board Chair Johnny Olszewski. “As leaders we must continue to do whatever we can to use data to inform our decisions and this new tool will help us better understand the challenges—and develop solutions—to support our hardest hit workers and industries.”

The dashboard also isolates employment data by industry and jurisdiction. Industry data is presented at both the 2-digit and 4-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) levels. Two-digit industry codes represent broad sectors of the economy, such as healthcare and construction, while 4-digit industry codes represent more specific industry groups, like offices of physicians and residential building construction.

Among the top 20 4-digit NAICS industries by total number of jobs, Maryland saw the largest percentage declines in employment among four main categories when comparing April of 2020 to the same month last year. Specifically, these were: amusement and recreation industries (golf courses, bowling alleys, gyms, etc.) down 66.2%; traveler accommodation (hotels, motels, etc.) down 64.6%; restaurants down 47.9%; and department stores down 36.7%. These four industries alone accounted for a loss of approximately 140,000 jobs across the state year over year.

Alternatively, during the period between February and June of 2020, traveler accommodation lost 46.3% of its jobs, amusement and recreation industries lost 38.3%, restaurants were down 25.8% and department stores declined 24.9% statewide.

In the Baltimore Region, among the top 20 4-digit NAICS industries by total number of jobs, four saw the most significant percentage declines in employment year over year from April 2019 to 2020: traveler accommodation dropped 64.8%, restaurants lost 50.9%; employment services decreased 27.9%; and physicians’ offices declined 14.4%. Collectively, these four industries accounted for a loss of approximately 66,000 jobs in the region.

However, between February and June of 2020, the four hardest hit industries at the 4-digit NAICS level by percentage employment loss in the Baltimore Region shift slightly: traveler accommodation dropped 45%, restaurants lost 27.4%, individual and family services (non-residential child and elder care) dropped 16.7%, and employment services decreased 14%.

In addition to the percent change in employment, the dashboard also displays jobs over time for all 2-digit NAICS industries and the top 20 4-digit NAICS industries by total private employment at the state, region and county levels. While the declines in employment between February and June of this year noted earlier are illustrative, this comparison obscures the fluctuation in jobs in the intervening months and does not account for seasonal employment changes.

Restaurants, for example, employed roughly 87,000 employees in the Baltimore Region in February of 2020. By April of this year, the industry was down to 44,000 employees in the region, but back up to 63,000 workers in June, recovering almost 20,000 positions. However, year over year, the industry was down roughly 30,000 employees from June of 2019, when it employed 94,000. Similarly, traveler accommodation accounted for roughly 11,000 jobs in February of 2020 for the region. This industry hit a low of approximately 4,000 employees in May, but recovered 2,000 jobs, reporting total employment of 6,000 in June of 2020. Again, year over year, this industry experienced a drop of roughly 6,000 jobs from June of 2019, when it employed over 12,000. Both industries, we note, typically see peak employment during the summer months.

“The data shows a dramatic initial reaction to COVID restrictions, with a sudden loss of jobs between March and April of 2020, followed by a gradual uptick in employment in many industries through June,” said BMC Executive Director Michael B. Kelly. “The data suggests the infusion of funds from the federal government to businesses and localities helped prevent a deeper loss in employment. We will continue to track and report this information to help our region’s leaders frame essential economic recovery efforts.”

A small but meaningful example of emerging employment opportunity, warehousing and storage jobs grew by 29.1% from April 2019 to 2020, adding roughly 6,000 employees across the state. From February to June of 2020, the same industry grew its employment by 21.5% or approximately 5,000 jobs statewide to a high of nearly 32,000 over the period covered.

In the Baltimore Region, services to buildings and dwellings (landscaping, janitorial, carpet and upholstery, etc.) added 8% employment, grocery stores increased 4.9%, and electronic instrument manufacturing added 3.6%, collectively adding a total of 3,000 jobs between February and June of 2020.

About the Baltimore Regional Recovery Dashboard

Launched in July of 2020, the dashboard is a tool to help policymakers understand and track the impacts of COVID-19 upon the seven county metropolitan area. Hosted on BMC’s website, the dashboard features data from across the organization’s areas of focus, including employment statistics, impacted industries, development permit activity, telework eligibility, and transportation.

About the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

The Bureau of Labor Statistics describes the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) as “[a] program [that] publishes a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering more than 95 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.” The Q2 2020 QCEW data was released to the public on December 2, 2020. The Q3 2020 data is scheduled for release on March 9, 2021. For more information, visit https://www.bls.gov/cew/.

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) works collaboratively with the chief elected officials in the region to create initiatives to improve the 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 is honored to have provided technical support to this important work. We thank GBC for their leadership and look forward to continuing our collaboration to enhance our region’s workforce system.

Greater Baltimore Committee Issues Workforce Development Report

[Baltimore, MD, October 19, 2020] 

The Greater Baltimore Committee has released a comprehensive report which identifies the top 20 occupations likely to produce the most family-supporting jobs in the Baltimore region over the next decade, while also outlining recommendations to enhance education and training systems and address structural racism, gender inequities and systemic barriers to workforce participation and advancement.

 

The report, Preparing for the Future. A Regional Workforce Development Initiative, includes more than 50 recommendations to ensure the region has a pipeline of skilled workers to fill high growth family-supporting jobs.

The top 20 family-supporting occupations identified in the report are in four industries projected to experience growth in family-supporting jobs in the decade ahead: business services, construction, information technology and healthcare.

“Focusing on business sectors that are projected to see the greatest growth in the next decade, the report will provide a roadmap to ensure that our region has the educated and skilled workforce to meet the needs of those industry sectors,” said Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC).

“The next step will be to implement the recommendations and the GBC is committed to guiding that effort.”

“This report is an urgent call to action,” said Calvin Butler, Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon, Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Utilities, GBC Chair, and chair of the GBC Regional Workforce Development Initiative Steering Committee, which guided the development of the report during the past 18 months.

The report was directed by the GBC Board of Directors to ensure the region’s educational and workforce development systems can meet future industry needs.

“By increasing business engagement with education and workforce systems we will see a transformative impact on the quality of our workforce and the growth of the regional economy,” said Butler.

Diane Bell-McKoy, President and CEO, Associated Black Charities and a member of the steering committee, said a key goal will be to address racial and systemic barriers to training and jobs.

“A key goal will be to address structural racism and how it inhibits access to upwardly mobile jobs, employment preparation, employment and upward mobility for Black and Brown workers. Addressing this issue can create a “win-win” for our economy and all employers in our region,” said Bell-McKoy. “This is crucial to the economic success of the region.”

According to the report, “Deliberate, decisive action by all parties…is required to dismantle systemic racism and to address persistent discrimination on the basis of race, gender and disability.”

Growth industries identified in the GBC report were drawn from the 2018 Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Family-Supporting Jobs Report. That report defined family-supporting jobs as occupations that pay an hourly wage that allows working adults with less than a bachelor’s degree to provide for their family’s needs.

The GBC coordinated with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council to analyze demographic data for the top 20 occupations and identify trends within occupations and across industries. For example, the analysis found that while African American workers represented 29% of the region’s population in 2018, African American workers only have representative participation (29% or higher) in 5 of the 20 identified occupations.

In addition to identifying high growth family-supporting jobs that did not require a four-year degree, the steering committee compiled a regional inventory of key education and training programs by sector, emphasizing those that culminate in postsecondary credentials.

The committee also analyzed training programs across the region – Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties.

A key goal of the analysis, said Fry, was to develop recommendations for how business and industry can become strategically engaged to improve education, workforce training, workforce agencies and employer programs, as well as address racial and gender inequities and systemic barriers.

Fry said the GBC now plans to involve all business and industry stakeholders in implementing the report’s recommendations and ensuring there is strong coordination with education and training providers. The implementation plan will prioritize the order of recommendations based upon multiple factors including: business interest and engagement, existing priorities of local workforce boards, agencies and education partners, and available resources.

According to the report, “Business and industry leaders’ enhanced participation in education and workforce systems has the potential to catalyze opportunities for underserved populations, to dismantle systemic racism and sexist practices within the workplace, to increase diversity within businesses to reflect the rich diversity of the region, and to foster a more inclusive economy in the Baltimore region.”

Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, President, Community College of Baltimore County and a member of the GBC Board, said the report is timely and valuable, given that family-supporting jobs will be needed as the nation recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Community colleges and workforce training programs will be at the forefront of the economic recovery and are more important than ever at this time,” said Kurtinitis.

Some of the observations in the report include:

  • Programs and systems are needed to strengthen the delivery of rapid, industry-recognized credentialing to workers in transition.
  • Too many individuals who have attended K-12 schools are not academically prepared to succeed in college or careers and require significant remediation.
  • The State of Maryland and local jurisdictions invest less state/local dollars in basic adult education than peer states and localities.
  • Citing administrative burdens, businesses often do not take advantage of federal dollars to support incumbent worker training.
  • Structural racism contributes to ongoing disparities in access to opportunity, career advancement, and equal pay for persons of color across occupations and industries.

Among some of the report’s recommendations:

  • Leaders in business and industry, education, workforce development and philanthropy coordinate to create rapid training and certification programs in high-need, high-growth industries to support workers in transition.
  • Business and industry actively engage in K-12 partnerships, including direct involvement in Career and Technology Education (CTE), dual enrollment, youth apprenticeships and work-based learning programs.
  • State and local governments increase resources to support basic adult education.

The GBC and workforce stakeholders advocate for revisions to the federal incumbent worker training program to streamline the process and make the program more attractive to employers.
Business, industry and workforce stakeholders take proactive measures to educate themselves on systemic racism, undergo professional training and executive coaching on advancing equity…and implement changes to address systemic racism and bias within organizations.”

“Business and industry have a tremendous responsibility to engage more directly with the workforce system, remove barriers and improve education and training programs so that all residents of the Greater Baltimore region can access the education and training needed to fill jobs in the high-growth occupations identified,” said Fry. “Family-supporting jobs and a skilled workforce to fill them are key to a thriving economy.”

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ABOUT THE GREATER BALTIMORE COMMITTEE

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions. It is the leading voice for the private sector in the Baltimore region on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation, the business climate and quality of life. The GBC’s membership is comprised of over 500 member organizations, including large, mid-size and small companies, nonprofits, education and foundations in the Greater Baltimore region.

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