Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute 2020

Neighborhood Institute 2020: Building Civic Power
Saturday, March 28, 2020
8:30am to 3:30pm
Baltimore City Community College

Strong City Baltimore’s signature annual event returns in spring 2020 with a new venue and new partners. The annual skill-building and networking conference for neighborhood leaders, nonprofit professionals, and activists features the theme of “Building Civic Power.”

We are joining with other civic-minded local organizations in response to the special opportunities presented in 2020 by the elections and the Census. In addition to traditional Neighborhood Institute programming, NI 2020 will include presentations and discussions curated by the Baltimore Planning Department’s Census team, OSI-Baltimore, and Strong City fiscally sponsored projects such as Baltimore Votes and Step Up Maryland.

Strong City moved January 2020 to the Hoen Building in East Baltimore, but we are a citywide organization, and this partnership with BCCC, one of West Baltimore’s most important institutions, reinforces our commitment to the whole city.

Workshop tracks just announced!

Workshops will be presented in the following tracks:

  • Acquiring the Resources You Need
  • Activating Communities
  • Civic Engagement, Civic Power
  • Embracing Diversity
  • Future of Transit
  • Get the Job Done!
  • Making It Work
  • Pathways and Tools for Better Living
  • Telling Baltimore’s Story
  • Racial Equity and Justice
  • Revitalizing Neighborhoods

Workshops in each track will be announced in February 2020.

Tentative Schedule

8:15-9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
9:05-9:25 AM Welcome/Entertainment (auditorium)
9:40-10:35 AM Workshop Session 1
10:50-11:45 AM   Workshop Session 2
12:00-12:45 PM Lunch Group 1 / Workshop Session 3A
1:00-1:45 PM Lunch Group 2 / Workshop Session 3B
2:00-2:55 PM Workshop Session 4
3:05-3:30 PM Awards/closing remarks (auditorium)

Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets are available now at varying price ranges to fit the needs and budgets of any individual, non-profit, community association, or corporate group.


Volunteers that complete at least one shift get free entry to the event and a Strong City t-shirt!

We Can't Do This Without Our Sponsors!

Sponsors help make Neighborhood Institute happen.  We can’t put on a day long event for 400+ people without the generous donation of partners. We want companies committed to change, companies like yours, to be a part of our efforts. Join us today and become a sponsor for a weekend of celebrating with and learning from devoted Baltimore community leaders, residents and businesses committed to making our city stronger!

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors