Twenty-five Baltimore-area businesses have joined together to expand existing programs or launch new ones to build, hire, invest, and buy locally. Taken together, these BLocal commitments will infuse at least $69 million into local and minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged businesses over the next three years.
Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer of BGE

A Commitment to BLocal in Baltimore

In an April Baltimore Sun op-ed, the three co-chairs of BLocal — Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer of BGE; Ronald J. Daniels, Johns Hopkins University president; and Ronald R. Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine — write that the newly launched initiative “has the potential to shift the foundation of our local economic landscape” and to “tie our community together in new ways.”

Read more at the Baltimore Sun.

Left: Calvin Butler speaks at the April 4 launch event.

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BLocal Partners

BLocal partners are Baltimore-area businesses—large and small, for profit and nonprofit, from a variety of business sectors—that have joined the BLocal initiative. For more information about an individual partner company’s commitments, click on a logo below.

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If you are a company located in the Baltimore area interested in joining BLocal and making commitments similar to the other corporate partners, please complete this form. A member of the BLocal team will contact you as soon as possible.

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HopkinsLocal Build. Hire. Buy.

HopkinsLocal is a commitment by 
Johns Hopkins University and Health System to leverage its role as the largest private anchor institution in Baltimore to create lasting economic opportunities in the city. With this initiative, Johns Hopkins will expand its outreach to local businesses and residents, including women and minorities, when it builds, hires, and buys.

HopkinsLocal is a firm and measurable commitment to expand participation of local and minority-owned businesses in construction opportunities; increase the hiring of city residents, with a focus on neighborhoods in need of job opportunities; and enhance economic growth, employment, and investment in Baltimore through purchasing activities. The initiative will also support ongoing efforts to build diversity in Johns Hopkins’ workforce and among our business partners.

With campuses across the city and more employees than any other private employer in Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and Health System can help make Baltimore a place where people are proud to live, work, and study.