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Field Demonstrations

The opportunities for professional growth and networking will extend beyond the meeting rooms of the Baltimore Convention Center to include a series of educational field demonstrations and site visits highlighting the most innovative projects in area local governments.



Healthy Harbor EcoTour

Monday, September 24 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


The Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative works to restore and protect the city of Baltimore’s most valuable asset: the Baltimore Harbor. The health of the harbor is suffering from sewage and trash pollution, storm-water runoff, sparse living shoreline, and widespread community indifference. To help alleviate these problems and engage the public in urban environmental solutions, the partnership has installed and manages various green infrastructure projects along the Inner Harbor’s promenade. Participants will learn more about floating wetlands, oyster gardens, rain gardens, and the Inner Harbor Water Wheel—a.k.a. “Mr. Trash Wheel.” This demonstration will involve walking, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. $20. [2.0 AICP-CM credits]


Western Police District Station Renovation: More Than a Building

Monday, September 24 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Tuesday, September 25 12:45 PM - 3:15 PMSold Out

Baltimore’s Western Police District covers one of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. In 2015, multiple clashes between protesters and police officers occurred at the station after 25-year-old Freddie Gray suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody. The station was blocked off from the community by barricades and watched over by National Guard troops. Today, the station is a very different place. By enhancing the work environment and making the station a positive hub for community activity, extensive renovations—undertaken with input from about 50 community members—have converted officers from “warriors to guardians.” The bus trip takes 10–15 minutes. $20.  [2.0 AICP-CM credits]


Downtown Baltimore, the Inner Harbor, and the Bromo Tower Arts District

Monday, September 24 12:45 PM - 4:00 PMSold Out
Tuesday, September 25 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM


The historic core of downtown Baltimore is experiencing radical change, as the commercial district has diversified to become the city’s fastest-growing residential neighborhood, and one of its most integrated. In its progression from dilapidated piers to a tourist and recreational anchor, the Inner Harbor sparked the development of Pratt Street, Harbor East, and much more. This field demonstration will include visits to the Inner Harbor and new apartment buildings that have opened in restored historic structures. Participants will also visit the Bromo Tower Arts District, Baltimore’s newest arts district. The bus trip takes 10–15 minutes. $20. [3 AICP-CM credits]


Druid Lake Water Protection Project

Monday, September 24 12:45 PM - 3:15 PM


The Druid Lake Water Protection Project serves two purposes: to support the city of Baltimore’s water supply and to enhance the community’s enjoyment of Druid Hill Park. The project will result in the installation of two underground drinking-water tanks on the western end of Druid Hill Lake to meet federal water quality standards. The tanks will hold over 54 million gallons of water. The approximately $140 million project will mean a slightly smaller Druid Lake but will create 14 additional acres of land on the western end of the reservoir, where the water tanks are buried. The resulting green space will include a new amphitheater and wider, better-lit walkways. The bus trip takes 10–15 minutes. $20.  [2.0 AICP-CM credits]


Historic Ellicott City Flood: A Story of Recovery

Monday, September 24 12:45 PM - 4:00 PMSold Out

In July 2016, Ellicott City experienced a one-in-a-thousand-year rainstorm. Hundreds of cars were swept away, dozens of buildings were damaged, nearly 200 residents were displaced, and two people died. A year after the flood, 98 of the 104 flooded businesses reopened their doors—a 94 percent re-opening rate. On May 27, 2018, Ellicott City was once again devastated by even more severe flooding, killing one person, causing severe infrastructure damage, and once again flooding businesses and residences. The Howard County Economic Development Authority will share how it is approaching this latest setback to craft a transformative vision that will make Ellicott City “stronger, smarter, and safer.”This demonstration will involve considerable walking and steep inclines, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The bus trip takes 20–25 minutes. $20.  [3 AICP-CM credits]


Structural Racism: A Tale of Two Baltimore Neighborhoods

Monday, September 24 12:45 PM - 3:15 PM


Baltimore’s Bolton Hill neighborhood is a compact collection of 19th-century rowhouses. In response to redlining in the 20th century, its predominantly white, middle-class residents successfully lobbied for various neighborhood improvements. In the 1970s, neighbors pooled resources to fund mortgages for buyers the banks would not service and petitioned to become a local historic district, providing tax incentives for historic preservation. A few blocks away is the Upton/Marble Hill neighborhood, the historic center of professional black Baltimore before fair housing laws allowed for desegregation. Although the homes here are identical to those in Bolton Hill, many are abandoned and valued at a fraction of their neighbors’. Despite its strong legacy of African-American achievement, the neighborhood today demonstrates the effects of structural racism in Baltimore. This demonstration will involve walking, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The bus trip takes 10–15 minutes. $20.  [2.0 AICP-CM credits]


House by House: The Revitalization of the Oliver Neighborhood

Tuesday, September 25 12:45 PM - 3:15 PMSold Out

At one time, nearly every third house in the Oliver neighborhood in East Baltimore was vacant. Today, only 68 of those approximately 750 abandoned properties remain. The revitalization of the Oliver Neighborhood arose out of tragedy. In 2002, seven members of the Dawson family died when drug dealers set fire to their home in retaliation for reporting drug sales. Local clergy and residents subsequently joined forces with Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), and BUILD partnered with TRF Development Partners, a nonprofit created from the federally certified Reinvestment Fund, to provide the foundation for the neighborhood’s transformation. This field demonstration will highlight the innovative approach, financial tools, and strategies used to revitalize the Oliver neighborhood—literally house by house. The bus trip takes 10–15 minutes. $20.  [2.0 AICP-CM credits]



ICMA and the 2018 Conference Host Committee appreciate the support of this year's conference contributors, especially Principal Sponsor ICMA-RC, and Diamond Sponsor Cigna.