Generated Through Inclusive Process Involving More Than 250 Baltimoreans, Report Includes Short- and Long-Term Recommendations to Guide the Scott Administration
(BALTIMORE – February 9, 2021) — Following an inclusive process that included more than 250 Baltimoreans, Mayor Brandon M. Scott has released his transition report. The 85-page document includes short-term and long-term recommendations from each of the ten transition committees intended to guide the Scott administration throughout this term and beyond.
As they crafted recommendations, each transition committee was asked to prioritize public safety, equity, building public trust, Baltimore’s young people, responsible stewardship of City dollars, and the COVID-19 recovery.
“I intentionally selected a transition team—led by a nine-member Steering Committee—that I knew would be willing and able to offer bold, actionable solutions to the City’s most pressing problems. Its members included young people, community advocates, current and former government officials, academics, artists and members of the business community,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “A transition effort like this is never easy. It requires everyone involved to think critically about the future of our city and our respective roles in it. It urges us to do not only what is apparent—point out existing challenges—but to do what is hard—identify solutions to those challenges.”
The volunteer transition team members worked closely with the transition committee co-chairs and steering committee members to interview stakeholders, determine priorities across each of the ten committees, and make actionable recommendations to the Mayor. In addition to the volunteer members selected by the Mayor and his team, residents interested in participating in the transition were able to apply to serve.
Each committee included at least one young person under the age of 24. Committees were staffed by graduate assistants enrolled at Morgan State University and supported in research and data analysis by Johns Hopkins Centers for Civic Impact.
“The inclusivity, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness of the committees’ work are a testament to Mayor Scott’s ability to inspire residents all over the city to work together to create a better Baltimore,” writes theMayor’s 9-member transition steering committee in a letter included in the report. “The themes that emerged from the committees’ reports echo Mayor Scott’s values and priorities, including building a better Baltimore for residents in every zip code; investing in historically underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods impacted by systemic racism; and making city government work for everyone, with transparency and accountability. We are optimistic about the future of our great city under Mayor Scott’s leadership, and we stand ready to help however we can.”
Last week, the Mayor released a tool to allow the public to follow along with progress made during the first 100 days of his administration. Actions listed in the tracker were taken from and inspired by many of the short-term recommendations in the transition report. The 100 Days of Action Tracker can be accessed at mayor.baltimorecity.gov/tracker.
“As a son of Baltimore and a lifelong public servant, I fully appreciate the seriousness and urgency that this office requires. The work laid out before us will require great diligence. But with creativity and a willing spirit, our opportunities to cement lasting progress are limitless,” said Mayor Scott.
Mayor Scott’s agenda includes restoring trust in city government, building public safety and implementing a comprehensive strategy to end gun violence, and making Baltimore a more equitable city.