Here's How to Invest in Baltimore's Neglected Neighborhoods

In a commentary by Eric K. Hontz, senior program officer at The Center for International Private Enterprise, it focuses on how Baltimore residents and neighborhoods can break the cycle of poverty and create a virtuous cycle of prosperity and opportunity.

He points out to the model of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a bank owned which invests in private enterprises with commercial partners. The EBRD offers many financial products, including loan and equity financing, guarantees, leasing services and trade finance.

Hontz advises that through equity contributed by Baltimore, the state of Maryland, university endowments, foundations and impact investment funds, Baltimore's bank could get government, foundation and commercial buy-in.

According to Hontz, by leveraging the bank's equity and a partnership model, the bank could drive billions into Baltimore's communities. He adds that the concept of a public-private bank aimed at comprehensive redevelopment of a city can be an opportunity for Baltimore. Read the Entire Article


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Stakeholder Capitalism: Intention is the First Step toward Accountability

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TOMS Moves Beyond One for One Model to Further Innovate Impact

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The Social Investment Tax Relief


The proposed Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) has UK civil society and social organizations stirred up this season. The supposed tax relief on investment in social impact bonds will support the UK social economy.




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