Program: Innovation Works
BUILDING SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD ECONOMIES
Reclaimed Urban Wood Products and Natural Dye Textile Fabrication (RUWP & NDTF) Market.
IW will leverage recently completed USDA Forest Service and MICA indigenous resource and market studies to map RUWP and NDTF value chain opportunities, cultivate a pipeline of 30-40 Social Entrepreneurs, to scale 15 Social Entrepreneurs through its accelerator program.
Project goal: produce 150-200 family wage jobs for citizens living in economically distressed neighborhoods within four years. Household income for families employed in these social enterprises will rise by an average of 15%.
IW’s mission is to reduce Baltimore’s neighborhood/racial wealth divide by accompanying members of disinvested communities to build and own successful social enterprises that create sustainable neighborhood economies, better family living, more resilient communities, and a safer, more vibrant city.