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MEDIA ADVISORY: City Leaders Meet in Baltimore to Discuss Urban Challenges

September 14, 2016
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906 / Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15, and Friday, Sept. 16.

WHERE: Thursday panels on urban issues will be at the American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. Friday panels on government data and management issues will be at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light St., Baltimore.

WHAT: About 270 city leaders from about 30 metro areas across the country will convene in Baltimore for Johns Hopkins University’s inaugural 21st Century Neighborhoods Symposium. Sponsored by the 21st Century Cities Initiative. Leaders, including mayors of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Charlotte, will join with key researchers from Johns Hopkins and other institutions to discuss critical issues for their cities — creating mixed-income neighborhoods; reducing violence; tying economic growth with economic inclusion; and the achievement gap in education for low-income children. The mayor of Baton Rouge, La., will also be talking about response to this summer’s police-involved shootings and flooding in his city.

At the symposium, 21 Century Cities and the White House will release a new report on how the federal government is working in partnership with cities and local governments to help revitalize communities. The report will be previewed during a press call today, Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 1:30 p.m., which will feature Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president, Camden, N.J., Mayor Dana Redd, and 21st Century Cities Executive Director Ben Seigel. To join the call, dial in: 800-875-3456, passcode — BLAC20487.

More details on the symposium agenda here.

WHY: The two-day symposium aims to bring together leaders committed to strengthening American cities to explore new research and innovative work in cities related to 21CC’s signature theme of neighborhood transformation.

Members of the media who expect to cover this event should RSVP to Jill Rosen at 443-997-9906 or 443-547-8805 or jrosen@jhu.edu.

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