Economic Inclusion

Current EBDI Contracting and Local Hiring Headlines

Between January 1, 2006 and September 2018, EBDI's inclusion policies have yielded the following contracting and hiring results:

  • Minority Business Contracting (MBE) - Fully 34.1% ($149.06M) of the $438.31M in construction contracts were awarded to MBE firms,exceeding EBDI’s goal of 27%. A total of $94.75M (21.6%) were to Baltimore City based MBE firms.
  • Women Business Contracting (WBE) - Fully $29.35M (6.7%) of the $438.31M in construction contracts were awarded to WBE firms towards the goal of 8%. A total of $18M (4.12%) went to Baltimore City based WBE firms.
  • Local Business Contracting (LBE) - Nearly 34.85% ($152.76M) of the $438.31M in construction contracts were awarded to Baltimore City based LBE firms, exceeding EBDI’s goal of 20%.
  • Local Labor Hours - Over 32.6% (846,093) hours of the nearly 2.595 million labor hours verified to have been worked on the project to-date were performed by Baltimore City residents; 30.1% hours on commercial projects and 45.9% hours on residential projects were performed by Baltimore City minorities and females, exceeding EBDI's goals of 23% (commercial construction) and 25% (residential construction).
  • Local Hiring - Approximately, 32.6% (1,897) of the 2,006 workers verified via certified payroll have worked on the project since its inception were Baltimore City residents; of these workers, 18.9% (1,261) were African American Baltimore City residents.
  • Average Hourly Wage - Of the jobs verified in the project area to date, the average hourly wage earned is $23.85. Baltimore City residents earned an average hourly wage of $20.76, whereby East Baltimore residents earned an average hourly wage of $20.49.
  • New Local Hires - The project has yielded 288 new local Baltimore City hires of which 189 (65.6%) were from East Baltimore. Of the East Baltimore new workers, 23 were EBDI impacted residents.
  • Local Worker Retention - Since the inception of the project, 490 local workers have been verified to have retained employment by working on multiple EBDI projects. Among these 490 workers, 195 are Baltimore City residents (161 minorities) and 125 are East Baltimore residents (107 minorities.)
  • Permanent Workforce - Since the inception of the project, 1,416 permanent workers were reported by tenants to be employed in the project area. 


The East Baltimore Development Inc.’s Economic Opportunity Initiative promotes the involvement of Minority-Owned (MBE), Women-Owned (WBE), and Locally-Owned Businesses (LBE), along with the employment of local residents in the ongoing economic transformation of the East Baltimore Revitalization Area.

The initiative takes a long-term philosophy, seeking to provide professional development opportunities and business incubation services to start-up businesses, while it simultaneously strives to increase Baltimore’s local capacity for the accurate monitoring of economic inclusion goals and objectives on large scale projects.

Through the workforce development programs that are part of this initiative, EBDI also seeks to assist the residents living in the project area in both connecting with new employment opportunities and connecting with meaningful, life-long careers.


During the initial phase of the project, EBDI has focused its efforts on encouraging MBE, WBE, and LBE firms to economically participate in contracting opportunities available in the areas of Construction; Architecture and Engineering; and General Services.

At the outset of the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative, EBDI established the following goals for economic inclusion of these businesses and, to date, has made good and substantial progress toward achieving each of these participation targets:


  • MBE’s—27%
  • WBE’s—8%


  • MBE’s—21%
  • WBE’s—13%

General Services:

  • MBE’s—17%
  • WBE’s—9%

However, the goals of EBDI’s Economic Opportunity Initiative also extend beyond the inclusion of these targeted businesses. The initiative strives to think to the future by also providing professional development and capacity building opportunities for these businesses. It also seeks to build the capacity of individual residents, through workforce training and bridge employment programs that prepare participants to join and excel in the life sciences, construction, healthcare and other workforces. Future goals for the Economic Opportunity Initiative include: 

  • Increasing M/W/L/RBE contracting opportunities within the scope of the East Baltimore Development project areas;
  • Establishing an East Baltimore Biotech Business Incubator;
  • Assisting the minority business community with capacity building and growth of their companies by providing information and access to financial, certification, bonding and business related resources;
  • Increasing awareness of business opportunities associated with the East Baltimore Development project and surrounding areas through outreach activities to local minority and women business enterprises, publications, the internet and various media; and
  • Constantly improving workforce development programming through continued collaboration and partnership with community and corporate based job training programs.

Monitoring & Compliance

EBDI manifests a true commitment to the ongoing success of its Economic Opportunity Initiative through a sustained emphasis on ensuring progressive inclusion policies and contractual requirements, timely monitoring, accurate reporting, and ongoing compliance of program activities. The initiative’s performance is regularly monitored by a Third-Party Monitor made up of Diversity Professionals Network (DPN) and Sage Policy Group. Through its inclusion efforts and monitoring process, EBDI seeks to maximize the ability for local minority and women owned companies as well as local workers to access the business and job opportunities stemming from the redevelopment activities.

Key Partners

The following key players, along with many others, are actively involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of EBDI’s Economic Opportunity Initiative.

  • EBDI President and CEO
  • EBDI Senior Director of Community and Human Services
  • City of Baltimore
  • Congressional Office of the Hon. Elijah Cummings
  • EBDI’s Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee - complete list
  • DPN and Sage Policy Group