Congressman Elijah E. Cummings will be one of the speakers on June 20 discussing the next phase of Innovation Village. (Photo Courtesy City of Baltimore)

(Updated 6/18/2016)  On Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group of politicians, public figures, university officials and community activists came together at the epicenter of the uprising in West Baltimore to announce the creation of Innovation Village, a program designed to bring economic and structural growth to West Central Baltimore.

On June 20, the Innovation Village will announce the next group of organizations with which it will be working.

They are announcing an alliance of Black leadership and announcing new partnerships and how we’re all coming together to work together.

Among the speakers will be Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Richard May, chair, Innovation Village; Jeff Cherry, Conscious Venture Labs; Michael Cryor, One Baltimore; J. Howard Henderson, Greater Baltimore Urban League; Joseph T. Jones, Center for Urban Families and others.

West Central Baltimore is known for its impoverished neighborhoods and lack of jobs opportunities.

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