Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Prince George’s County – County Executive Rushern Baker’s 2016 State Of The Economy Breakfast




Subject: Prince George’s County – County Executive Rushern Baker’s 2016 State Of The Economy Breakfast

The event will be held April 13, 2016 at the Colony South Hotel. If you attend this event, you will be able taste the cooking of Chef Christ who was a finalist in the 2015 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. It will also give you a chance to see the newly launched Sweetgrass: Low Country Cooking Restaurant.



Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III's State of the Economy Breakfast Promotion

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Prince George’s County - Learn To Code And Make $60K - EDC Chief Excitement Officer (CEO) James Coleman

Subject: Prince George’s County - Learn To Code And Make $60K - EDC Chief Excitement Officer (CEO) James Coleman

Prince George’s County You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMcr8_3A6stfIFnfa9Jetg/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=0

Prince George's County EDC Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/PGCEDC/

In a video (2 min 36 sec), I heard the President and CEO (Chief Excitement Officer) of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) say he wants residents and Re-Entry/Returning Citizens to learn how to code/program. He was very specific about Re-Entry/Returning Citizens learning to code/program because they face discrimination from employers that don’t want to hire them because they’ve been incarcerated. If a Prince George’s County resident learns to code/program, they have the option to work as a freelancer and get jobs via the Internet, start there own company, or work for a company as an employee. As the jail program The Last Mile is trying to show, if a person can write clean code, in most cases they are a hot commodity regardless of their prison experience.



‘Moving Mountains’ Small Business and Job Seeker Summit'

In this video, James Coleman rattles off to Pastor Mike Freeman, Senior Pastor of Spirit of Faith Christian Center (SOFCC), the resources and programs the Prince George’s County EDC has available for unemployed residents, career transitioning residents, and Re-Entry/Returning Citizens. The EDC has support programs that will help with such things as transportation if that’s your challenge. We all need a little help at different stages of our lives and careers. Team EDC gets this. They have worked to put these resources in place and to promote what they have to offer through as many media channels as possible. Check out James Coleman on radio, TV, and social media. They don’t want any resident of Prince George’s County to miss the message of #Activate Prosperity.



Jim Coleman Announces "Activate Prosperity 2016"

Under the leadership of James Coleman, Team EDC has a goal to raise the average median income for Prince George’s County residents from $73K to $98K by 2019. This will be done by helping residents find high paying jobs, start new businesses, and build capacity in existing businesses. It will also be done through partnerships and collaborations such as the one between the EDC and Spirit of Faith Christian Center. For all of us to succeed, the business community, faith community, non-profits, government, and residents must break down the silos and work together to solve problems.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Prince George’s County – Can Food Be Sourced Ethically And Still Make Money?



Subject: Prince George’s County – Can Food Be Sourced Ethically And Still Make Money?


As usual, Kojo Nnamdi delves into the local food production question and brings necessary information to locales like Prince George’s County. The information discussed in this segment by Brett Schulman of Cava Grille and Mark Bittman of Purple carrot can be used as a guide for Prince George’s County farmers and retail outlets scaling a supply chain. I felt this segment would be of interest to producers and buyers.

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Prince George’s County – How To Bring Residents, Government Data, and Civic Tech Developers Together For Solve County Challenges



Subject: Prince George’s County – How To Bring Residents, Government Data, and Civic Tech Developers Together For Solve County Challenges

Code for America has something called Civic Hack Nights which brings together government, community partners, and residents on the local level to work on community projects. When Prince George’s County residents come together and identify a civic problem they are able to partner with Prince George’s County Government’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) and use the public datasets a.k.a “Big Data.”
  



2015 February 5th: Brigade Discussion: Onboarding new members to projects

The hack night is consistent and happens the same time at the same place every week. Code for America and its local Civic Hack Night organizers created an Organizer Handbook. Watching the You Tube video Lessons from Organizing the Chi Hack Night, helped me understand how a group like this can benefit Prince George’s County.



Lessons from Organizing the Chi Hack Night

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Prince George’s County – Distressed Communities Index; How Did Prince George’s County Rate?



Subject: Prince George’s County – Distressed Communities Index; How Did Prince George’s County Rate?


Link to Unlocking Private Capital to Facilitate Economic Growth in Distressed Areas: http://eig.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Unlocking-Private-Capital-to-Facilitate-Growth.pdf



I came across a tweet from the Diane Rehm Show on the Distressed Community’s Index put out by the Economic Innovation Group. By the word distressed, I’m assuming this index collects data for geographical areas to see if some or many of its residents and businesses are having socio-economic challenges. Although I looked at Prince George’s County compared to Howard County, I wasn’t able to determine how to interpret the results of the criteria from the full report. The index has listings for cities, congressional districts, counties, and zip codes. You can search national and state maps using these (4) categories. The Distressed Communities Index was provided by the Economic Innovation Group and can be printed online.



John Lettieri Talks Innovation & The 2016 Election

The question I have for this group is what can they help us do to create and implement a plan on eradicating Prince George’s County’s distressed communities if they exist?



Panel Discussion / Rethinking Economic Renewal



Senators Cory Booker and Tim Scott / Rethinking Economic Renewal

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