Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative
The Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative (BRNI) was established by State legislation in FY2014 as a revitalization tool to fund projects that build on the strengths of Baltimore City and surrounding communities. The initiative targets existing communities that have experienced physical, economic, or social decline. The goal is to focus strategic investment in local housing and businesses that will lead to healthy communities, grow the tax base, and improve quality of life.
To this end, Anne Arundel County and the City of Baltimore collaborated with multiple stakeholders to develop the Greater Baybrook Vision and Action Plan, a cross-jurisdictional plan to improve the communities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn, and Curtis Bay, collectively referred to as Greater Baybrook. Since that time, a local city-county community development corporation known as the Greater Baybrook Alliance (GBA) has been formed and is working with partners in both the City and County in their revitalization efforts for the Greater Baybrook area.
Since inception of the BRNI program, over $4 million in grant funds has been awarded to the Greater Baybrook area for a variety of revitalization programs and projects in the three neighborhoods. These include a residential property rehabilitation program, homebuyer assistance, improvements to community parks, a marketing and branding initiative, a community spruce up grants program, improvements to the Chesapeake Arts Center, and other initiatives.
The Greater Baybrook Vision and Action Plan may be viewed here Greater Baybrook Vision and Action Plan
More information about the Greater Baybrook Alliance may be found here www.greaterbaybrookalliance.org.