A Path to Empower Communities: Breathing New Life Into Old Spaces

Local governments all over the country routinely grapple with providing community development that best serves constituents and makes good use of community spaces.

Maryland and its local governments are uniquely positioned and resourced to transform old, forgotten spaces into hubs and resources for the communities they serve. From food deserts to vacant buildings, former agri-land to urban housing, opportunities are abundant throughout Maryland.

Empowering Communities: Breathing New Life Into Old Spaces
In this session, participants will learn from an esteemed panel on innovative and effective ways to rethink and redevelop public spaces to empower the communities they reside in. Speakers include policymakers working on the bureaucracy of redevelopment, practitioners who have successfully implemented such projects, and collaborative thought partners helping to put such plans into motion around the state.
  • Kelly Robertson-Slagle, Director of Economic Development for Charles County
  • The Honorable Jake Day, Mayor, Salisbury and President, Maryland Municipal Legue
  • Yolanda Jiggetts, Executive Director, Park Heights Renaissance
  • Kevin Baynes, Director, State Revitalization Programs, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development


  • The Honorable Delegate Sharon Green Middleton, Baltimore City Council, Vice President & District 6 Councilwoman 

Date/Time: Friday, August 19, 2022; 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

 The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from August 17-20. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.” More information can be found on our conference website.