Each spring, the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University hosts its annual Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum. The event brings together business, workforce, and education leaders to collaborate and to find solutions for workforce and economic challenges facing our state.

This May, we presented independent research on disparities in education, income, and health at the neighborhood level across Maryland. In addition, we had a great panel discussion about what these disparities mean for residents and what solutions could lead to more equitable communities.

During my presentation, I announced we would continue the discussion in the fall. That was well before President Trump attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore.

Starting in September, RESI will host five roundtables where we will discuss topics as they relate to Greater Baltimore, including their causes, what solutions exist, and how policymakers can help support ongoing efforts. After each session, RESI will publish a policy brief covering the issues and the results of the discussion.

  • September 5, Food insecurity: How do we ensure that all residents have access to healthy food?
  • September 12, Education: How do we ensure all students graduate with a high school degree?
  • September 19, Access to employment: How do we ensure that all citizens find access to and are trained for the jobs that exist in our region?
  • September 26, Public transportation: How do we ensure that residents without access to a car can access high-quality, stable jobs?
  • Date TBD, An accessible economy: How do we ensure that all residents, regardless of physical or mental ability, can share in Maryland’s economy?

All sessions will be begin at 3 p.m. at 7400 York Road, Suite 301, in Towson, just a few blocks south of the main Towson University campus.

If you can’t make it, but still want to talk about these topics with us, please let me know. Email me at msiers@towson.edu and we’ll schedule a time to talk.