Growing Baltimore’s Economy and Population: Strategic Plans and Initiatives to Grow Baltimore City

  • April 6, 2022
    8:30 am - 9:30 am

Did you know that before COVID-19, Baltimore’s economy was growing at a competitive pace? Baltimore’s economy was considerably affected by COVID-19, particularly in the arts and culture, tourism, and hospitality industries.

The 2020 Census showed that Baltimore’s population continued its decades-long decline, falling below 600,000 residents. These factors produce a need to grow Baltimore’s economy and population while creating opportunities for both residents and businesses.

Join the Greater Baltimore Committee as we explore with these leaders how to build an inclusive and expanding economy and grow the population for Baltimore City.

Event Date: April 6, 2022
Time: 8:30 am- 9:30 am
Price: $25 for members and $50 for non-members
Location: Zoom


Colin Tarbert 

Colin Tarbert is the President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), which serves as the economic development agency for Baltimore City. It is responsible for growing the city by retaining and attracting businesses, expanding job opportunities for city residents, and increasing investment in city neighborhoods. Prior to his BDC appointment, Tarbert served in various leadership roles for nearly a decade at the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City during three administrations, including the roles of Deputy Chief of Strategic Alliances and Deputy Mayor for Economic and Neighborhood Development. In addition, Tarbert is active on numerous civic and non-profit boards, including chair of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation, chair of the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation and a member of the boards of the Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund and East Baltimore Development Inc. In 2013, Tarbert was named as a 40 under 40 honoree by the Baltimore Business Journal. See full profile here 



Seema D. Iyer PhD

Seema D. Iyer PhD is associate director and research professor for the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. Dr. Iyer oversees the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA), which annually prepares the Vital Signs compendium of open data for Baltimore’s neighborhoods. The award-winning BNIA project is part of the Urban Institute’s national partnership of sites that provide longitudinal data on demographics, housing, crime, education and sustainability. Academically, Dr. Iyer is also director of UB’s Real Estate and Economic Development program and teaches courses on real estate principles and local economic development. In 2019, she helped launch UB’s Real Estate Fellows Venture competition to create pathways for early-stage developers interested in working with stable, middle-market communities in Baltimore. She was the 2021 recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents faculty award for Public Service.

Prior to joining UB, Dr. Iyer served as Chief of Research & Strategic Planning for Baltimore City’s Planning Department. She holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She earned her MA and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. See full profile here