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Economic opportunity
BLocal BUILD College Alumni Reverse Vendor Fair sparks connections and opportunities
Published April 5, 2024
Event brings BUILD College alumni businesses together to showcase their work and forge new partnerships
BLocal BUILD College celebrates eighth cohort
Published Nov 13, 2023
The program helps local design and construction businesses grow through education and networking
Economic Development
BLocal partners celebrate power of collective impact
Published Jan 12, 2023
Local organizations representing business, academia, medicine, and the nonprofits sector commit to leverage their influence to create economic opportunity in the city
BLocal drives millions of dollars into Baltimore's economy
Published May 15, 2019
At the end of the program's inaugural three-year term, partners report spending more than $280M for purchasing or construction with local and minority vendors and hiring more than 1,700 Baltimore residents
Progress report
BLocal program off to a promising start
Published Dec 11, 2017 Video
Hopkins, 24 other Baltimore-area companies surpass their three-year goals to build, hire, and buy locally
Breaking into big business
Published Oct 2, 2017
A BLocal symposium connects procurement officers from major Baltimore institutions with local vendors
Locally sourced
Published Summer 2017
Alum Affan Sheikh oversees JHU's HopkinsLocal program to buy, hire, and build local / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Building better business leaders
Published June 8, 2017
BUILD College, a program under the BLocal effort, helps local business owners brush up on important management skills
21st century cities
Investing with intent
Published May 18, 2017
JHU welcomes CEOs, leaders for discussion of strategies for expanding economic opportunity in Baltimore
Daniels, Peterson finalists for 'Sun' honor
Published Dec 12, 2016
Johns Hopkins leaders among nominees for 'Marylander of the Year' distinction for BLocal effort / The Baltimore Sun