On December 10, Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh will welcome an expected crowd of 800 to 1,000 people at Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Solutions Summit, a free, full-day celebration of civic participation where city residents will vote on the priorities they want to see the new mayor and City Council focus on over the next 12 to 18 months.
The Solutions Summit, to be held at the War Memorial Building, builds on the work done at three half-day forums focused on Jobs, Justice, and Behavioral Health. Guided by planning groups, attendees at each forum voted on lists of 10 recommendations, which will now be considered at the full Solutions Summit. At the Summit, the 30 recommendations will be discussed, considered, and voted on to create a 15-point action plan that will be handed off the new mayor and City Council.
In addition to Mayor-Elect Pugh, speakers will include NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill, and all of the four co-chairs of the event, including former Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Chair and CEO of Brown Capital Management Eddie Brown, former Obama administration Treasury official Mary Miller, and former Legg Mason CEO Mark Fetting.
There will also be performances from spoken word artists and a marching band, displays of pieces from MICA’s recent “Baltimore Rising” exhibit and the winners of a Baltimore City Public Schools Solutions Summit art contest, and food.
To get more information and to register, go to solutionssummitbaltimore.org.