Rawlings-Blake talks economic development
Julie Scharper reports:
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced plans Monday afternoon to restructure the city's economic development agency, increase funding for new technology and create a youth cabinet.
In her second State of the City speech since taking office a little over a year ago, Rawlings-Blake also proposed creating a "Ten Year Plan for Baltimore" to chart out a longterm economic develop strategy.
She vowed to fund core services while grappling with an estimated $80 million shortfall in the city's $1.2 billion budget for the coming year.
She pledged to continue to fund all school-based community health centers and libraries and increase funds for youth workforce initiatives.
Rawlings-Blake laid out plans to create a "Recovery Corps" of 100 former addicts to help counsel those with drug and alcohol problems. She also said she would compile statistics to track domestic violence cases.