Baltimore — the largest city in Maryland — is nicknamed the “Charm City” and it boasts mostly service sector jobs. In fact, its tourism industry is amongst the strongest in the nation. In 2013 alone, the city hosted nearly 25 million visitors. Destinations such as Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fells Point and the Baltimore Museum of Industry consistently attract tourists. Baltimore also boasts several major universities. Baltimore’s Promise was recently launched to ensure that City children have tools and opportunities for success. While it has not announced a place-based scholarship component, the website does indicate that it is a city-wide partnership and the board includes presidents from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Morgan State University as well as the CEO of Baltimore City Schools.
The Baltimore Community Foundation has been in touch with Say Yes To Education in 2015 and trustees Josh Fidler and Calvin Butler have written, “[Say Yes to Education] is a strategy that can leverage change throughout the systems serving our schoolchildren and their families. It is a non-political, expert-driven, community-based process that can help revitalize Baltimore City with a scholarship incentive for the middle-class to stay in the city and drive reform to help all children.
Clearly there is movement all about the city.