2021 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award Winner Project Descriptions

Ascension Saint Agnes

At the beginning of the pandemic, Ascension Saint Agnes (a faith-based healthcare organization delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable), stepped up to assist in many capacities. They partnered with Baltimore City Health Department to vaccinate over 1,600 first responders at the hospital, and increased access for seniors and other vulnerable populations through mobile vaccination clinics in the community. They also collaborated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and faith leaders all over the city to provide education, testing and vaccinate residents. These partnerships and others have allowed Ascension Saint Agnes to vaccinate more than 23,500 members of the community.

B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum is the birthplace of American railroading and tells the story of America through the lens of the railroad. The Museum has adopted the mantra of “while not a community center, we are striving to be the center of our community”. During the pandemic, they started a farmers’ market in the front parking lot to address food insecurities. They allowed B360 to use their back parking lot for free so their students would have a place to ride dirt bikes and learn about STEM. B360 is now the official diversion program for young adults caught riding a dirt bike in the city. The Museum is also partnering with the Community College of Baltimore County to launch a workforce development program for the under employed in West Baltimore using the Museum’s 40 acre campus for applied learning.

BGE

Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. The BGE Energizing Small Business Grants program is a multi-year commitment that is part of BGE’s $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. While grant funding includes jurisdictions across BGE’s service area, Baltimore City’s small businesses received one-third of the funding disbursed, totaling $820,000.

Additionally, BGE partnered with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore to provide supplemental funding to small businesses located in downtown Baltimore as part of the Black-Owned and Occupied Storefront Tenancy Program (BOOST).

In Baltimore City, BGE’s grant funding has directly benefited 419 business owners and employees. That number is expected to meaningfully increase with two more years of funding planned for the program through 2023.

BTST Services

With emotions running high from protests, social injustices, and a call for dismantling systemic racism, BTST Services curated a safe, therapeutic space where those emotions could be expressed in a creative way. BTST Services along with Kid Balloon (principal artist) and other local artists, designed, organized, and painted a Black Lives Matter street mural on East Fayette Street, next to City Hall with a crew of 50 or more youth and adult volunteers. Art has always been a source of therapy and expression utilized by BTST Services, which is located in the Station North District of the city, to treat their patients. BTST Services hosted an unveiling and invited the community, city officials and the media to show unity on social justice and change, celebrate Black excellence and prosperity, and bond with the young volunteers.

Chase Street Accessories & Engraving

Chase Street Accessories & Engraving offers custom awards, branded promotional products, personalized gifts, and Baltimore City souvenirs. They donated nearly $10,000 of customized swag to community events and participated in mask manufacturing drives to support the city during the pandemic. They sponsored events such as the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair, the 20th Annual Boys Hope Girls Hope Golf Classic and the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce’s “Summer in the City”. In addition, they manufactured and donated over 400 masks, face shield components, and hand sanitizers to Bee & Dee’s Baltimore Love, the Station North Tool Library mask drive, and the Open Works “Makers Unite” effort.

Civic Innovators

Civic Innovators supported the creation of an internal Dashboard as a centralized location to view and analyze data to increase data integrity, inform strategic decision making, and lead to external transparency and increased public trust. Since completing the internal dashboard, it has become a critical tool across all of DPW’s departments for managing established key performance indicators and informing critical strategic priorities for DPW’s leadership. The DPW team is leveraging the internal dashboard to integrate data with Open Baltimore, a city-wide dashboard, to create a public-facing interface to provide an improved understanding of DPW’s role in managing the City’s structure and facilities.

Civic Innovators enlisted corporate volunteers to solve a technical challenge facing the City of Baltimore. From March – June, 2021, volunteers from seven companies committed a total of 1,280 volunteer hours valued at $125,000 that was realized in savings for the Department of Public Works. This partnership included members from T. Rowe Price, BGE, Constellation, Under Armour, Comcast, Whiting Turner, and Carefirst. Having dashboards to visualize and analyze data in real time from many different sources enables DPW to adjust to changing realities in the city quickly and efficiently. As a result, the Department will be more responsive to the needs of customers and provide services more effectively.

Intreegue Design

Intreegue Design , a boutique Landscape Architecture firm, is a certified Women Business Enterprise and a success story here in Baltimore City. At Intreegue, they practice the high art of design while providing a balanced approach of unique creativity with underlying roots in environmental sensitivity with every project. Their expertise extends beyond design to include horticulture experts, certified arborists, forest conservation, storm water management, and Construction Oversight. They feel most strongly about the projects here in their hometown where they can make an impact for the community and create positive outreach for residents and the environment simultaneously.

Intreegue supports not only the community of Baltimore, impacting it with their designs and projects, but supports the youth of Baltimore in educational endeavors as well. They employee a unique approach with their team in terms of outreach to the community. As their President is an adjunct professor and University of Maryland, education is quite near and dear to them. They maintain an internship program with Heartsmiles through the year to mentor disconnected youth in the city and provide guidance. This program’s purpose is to assist with developing young leaders through one on one mentorship and provide opportunities through other events as well.

LifeBridge Health

Throughout LifeBridge Health’s 20+ year history, the health system has taken pride in running towards serious challenges facing Baltimore City. LifeBridge Health has taken another bold step outside the traditional role of a healthcare system with the launch of the West Baltimore Renaissance Foundation. The Foundation is an outside-the-box effort by LifeBridge Health to invest in the West Baltimore community to improve social determinants of health, ranging from employment to food access.

In launching the Foundation, Executive Director Kurt Sommer and his team worked with faith-based, community-based and other local nonprofit leaders to understand the needs of the community.

To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in funding to support more than 500 job training opportunities and youth mentoring services for more than 1000 participants, along with programs around health and food access.

The Foundation also recently debuted plans for The Factory, converting a former manufacturing facility on West Baltimore Street into a community opportunity center, which should open in summer of 2022 after $12 million renovation.

M4 Security

M4 Security LLC. is a minority owned business that serves in the state of Maryland as a Security Guard/Private Detective Agency. M4 Security LLC. also provides courses on handgun training, investigation and other security industry related trainings.
Providing Armed and Unarmed security professionals for crowd control, residential settings, retail stores, special events, and all other occasions is the goal of our services. M4 Security LLC. works closely with the Center for Urban Families and Mayors Office of Employment Development Workforce to provide positive work opportunities to unemployed Baltimore City residents. M4 Security LLC, also provides mentorship working with programs such as Morgan State University’s student athletes on life skills, critical thinking, and job opportunities.

Pigtown Main Street

Pigtown Main Street, Inc.’s mission is to enhance the Washington Boulevard commercial corridor by improving aesthetics, promoting events and connecting community. They are also the stewards of Pigtown’s identity. Pigtown Main Street created the Grant Assistance for Pigtown (GAP) program to provide over a quarter million dollars of grant dollars to 27 businesses and provided technical assistance to over 70 businesses to apply for additional grants and loans. Additionally, Pigtown Main Street infused over $10,000 into local businesses through Pig Bucks, a redeemable voucher at Pigtown businesses.

Pigtown MS also implemented over $40,000 of outdoor installations for outdoor seating and safe distancing.

University of Maryland Medical System

A mass vaccination site that received worldwide media recognition as an example of America’s unique strategy to utilize sports stadiums for large-scale vaccination was operated right here in Baltimore City. Between February 25th and July 2nd, the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site, one of 20 NFL stadiums repurposed for mass vaccinations, administered close to a quarter of a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) created the blueprint for bringing the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site to life, devising key strategies for vaccine supply, delivery and administration with near zero waste during a period of time when the vaccine was the most sought after substance on earth. Additionally, UMMS planned the clinical staffing model and operational playbook required to safely vaccinate a large volume of people on a daily basis. Once open, UMMS led management of the site, with support from its partners the Maryland National Guard, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Maryland Stadium Authority. The Baltimore Police Department also played a crucial role in creating a safe and welcoming environment at M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site.

Everything about the project was historic–from its mission to help protect the citizens of Baltimore and Maryland from a dangerous global virus; to transforming one of Baltimore’s most recognizable landmarks, the home of the Baltimore Ravens football team, into a mass vaccination site in just 18 days; to the sheer number of shots administered in such a short amount of time. At its peak, the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site vaccinated over 6,000 people a day, and at one point, broke a state record for mass vaccination sites when clinical staff vaccinated over 1,000 people in an hour. It was also the honor of a lifetime for everyone involved to have Vice President Kamala Harris visit the site, accompanied by Mayor Scott, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Governor Larry Hogan and other dignitaries. The M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site was a model example of how public and private entities can effectively work together when the stakes are at their highest.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Whiting Turner was a critical contributor to Food With a Focus (FWAF), a project led by Thread, Baltimore Corps and Wes and Dawn Moore to provide vulnerable families with safe and more efficient ways to receive food at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many Baltimoreans, food security was a major challenge during the onset of the pandemic due to school closures, limited public transportation, and lack of access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to enter grocery stores. With Whiting Turner’s critical support, FWAF purchased food in bulk from local suppliers and coordinated volunteer-led deliveries to families from nearly twenty distribution sites across Baltimore. The project provided two weeks of shelf stable and fresh grocery items to Baltimore families who have been and will continue to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This initiative made it possible to buy more food with fewer dollars, with the average box of 1-2 weeks of shelf-stable groceries costing $23.81 and while preserving jobs at local, Baltimore area employers. As of September 30th 2021, FWAF has provided 1.6M lbs of food to more than 63,000 families.