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Maryland Lt. Governor Brown, DHCD Announce 2013 Community Legacy Awards

BALTIMORE, Md. (November 28, 2012) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today announced the projects that will benefit from a total of $5.5 million in Community Legacy program awards. He was joined by Secretary Raymond A. Skinner of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the state agency which manages the program, along with local officials and several representatives of nonprofit and community development organizations around Maryland.

“These awards will go a long way to promoting economic growth, community revitalization, affordable housing and tourism,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “I salute the hard work of the recipients of this year’s awards, and their commitment to their communities, which will greatly benefit cities and towns all over our state.”

The goal of Community Legacy is to provide local governments and community development organizations with funding for essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as retaining and attracting businesses and encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization.

This year’s grants will benefit 58 projects in 19 counties and Baltimore City. Projects include, but are not limited to, the rehabilitation of blighted commercial properties, façade improvements and streetscape upgrades. On Friday, the Lt. Governor and DHCD will hold an event in Prince George's County to highlight capital area projects receiving Community Legacy funding.

“Community Legacy is an innovative program that invests in cities and towns throughout our state,” said Secretary Skinner. “These awards help create jobs, move local economic development efforts forward and allow neighborhoods to thrive.  As these communities prosper, Maryland as a whole does too.”

Today’s announcement was held in the City Arts Building, which received Community Legacy funding three years ago, and has since become an anchor for the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood. The project was spearheaded by the Central Baltimore Partnership, which this year will receive a Community Legacy Award for a nearby project, the new Baltimore Design School. Located in the Station North Arts District, the school is a training institute for students interested in pursuing careers in the design trade. The Central Baltimore Partnership is the collective effort of neighborhood organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, private businesses and government agencies to revitalize the central Baltimore community in a way that fosters art, healthy neighborhoods and sustainable and transit-oriented development.

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