Partnership

ABOUT US

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is your connection to everything that’s happening in Maryland’s largest business center, cultural district, and fastest-growing neighborhoods. Our members get special access to Downtown news and information, networking events, and marketing promotions. And, our web and social media tools help everyone find dining, shopping, events… even a place to live or start a business.

Our innovative programs stimulate economic development and transform public spaces. We’re also good neighbors. Our teams of uniformed Ambassadors pick up tons (literally) of litter, maintain public parks, and we host dozens of free events each month.

Together with Visit Baltimore, we produce Baltimore Restaurant Week. Without Downtown Partnership there would be no First Thursday’s Concerts, Charm City Circulator, or holiday monument lighting in Mt. Vernon. We are also big proponents of the arts, supporting public art installations throughout the downtown, managing the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, and working with property owners and local organizations to find new homes for arts and entertainment venues in Downtown Baltimore.

Whether you’re Downtown every day or thinking about making the trip, drop us a line at info@dpob.org and we’ll help you make the most of it. If you are on the streets and need assistance, stop into the Downtown Information Center at 10 E. Lombard Street. There you will find maps, entertainment brochures, and a helpful Downtown Baltimore Guide who can help you navigate your stay.It's also home to our Hey Baltimore Podcast Studio and retail store, so allow yourself time to browse.

Downtown Management Authority

Downtown Partnership is known as the organization that gets things done. We oversee the Downtown Management Authority (DMA), Baltimore’s oldest and largest business improvement district. Our programs – including our uniformed operations teams of Downtown Baltimore Guides, Clean Sweep Ambassadors, and Park Stewards – make the 106-block DMA district more attractive, vibrant, and hospitable. Commercial property owners in the DMA fund these services through an annual surcharge of 22.39 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

If you are working late and need assistance getting to your car, bus stop, or nearby destination in the DMA district, you can call our Downtown Baltimore Guides. Click here for more info.

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Foundation, Inc.

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Foundation supports workforce development, employment of formerly incarcerated individuals, youth internships, homeless outreach, and small business assistance for people across Baltimore. Click here to see our #OneBaltimore videos that highlight our programs and initiatives.

Downtown Partnership Youth Initiatives

The Partnership is also committed to Baltimore's youth with a variety of programs to provide jobs, mentoring, and engaging experiences that draw young people into Downtown's cultural and economic promise.  We teamed up with Waterfront Partnership to support a Peace Ambassador program at the Inner Harbor and in Charles Center, two neighborhoods that draw large numbers of students throughout the year.In addition to conflict resolution, the Peace Ambassadors work to create more productive relationships between teenagers, the Baltimore City Police Department, and area businesses. As mediators, the Peace Ambassadors have a degree of insight and peer respect that no adult ever could. 

The Mayor's Office of Employment Development runs YouthWorks to connect thousands of young people to summer jobs. DPOB supports this program annually, employing dozens of teems over the last several years and sponsoring 3 internships this past year.

Over the past several years, Downtown Partnership is proud to have contributed thousands of dollars to support educational programs through the Baltimore City Community College and CollegeBound to make sure students succeed in high school and beyond. Additional, ten of thousands of dollars has been given in grants to local cultural institutions including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to increase field trip opportunities for city students. To date, our grants have made hundreds of additional field trips possible and, hopefully, sparked the imaginations of all the children who attended.