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Get ready for two days of workshops and tours celebrating five years of turning vacants into value in Baltimore city! Connect, learn, and network with industry experts and staff. A dynamic lineup of speakers will cover topics on housing strategies and more. Learn here and duplicate it anywhere!

The Vacants to Value Summit & Expo 2015 will feature:

Welcome Breakfast with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake heart General & Breakout Sessions
Bus Tours - Beyond the Wire and The Rose Colored Glasses heart Trade Expo

Keynote Speaker Announced:


Farai Chideya, nationally-recognized guest speaker!

Born and raised in Baltimore, Ms. Chideya is a Harvard graduate, educating the community on racial, political, and cultural issues that affect cities today. As an award-winning journalist, she was the host of NPR’s News and Notes; a reporter for ABC News; a political analyst for CNN; a host for the Oxygen Network; and a reporter for Newsweek magazine. She is also the author of Don't Believe the Hype, which explores race and the media. We are excited to welcome her back to Baltimore! Learn more about Ms. Chideya at

Who should attend:

The Vacants to Value Summit & Expo is geared to anyone interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities that vacant and abandoned properties present and learning about the seven strategies and tools that Baltimore City uses to revitalize neighborhoods. If you are a developer, city and land planner, government housing and non-profit organization, public official, professional service provider, lender, investor, academic, homebuyer or community leader, you don't want to miss this exciting opportunity.

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