Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, UMBC: Why I love Baltimore

Hrabowski_Freeman headshotBaltimore is a vibrant community, home to people from all over the world. We are enriched by the range of experiences and viewpoints represented in our city.

We have leading universities and medical centers that drive our economy through research and job creation. We are known for our strength in such areas as healthcare, cybersecurity, biotechnology and the environment. On my own campus, UMBC, students come from more than 100 countries, and many of our graduates remain in Baltimore. They work at such companies as T. Rowe Price and Northrop Grumman, for federal agencies from the National Security Agency to the Social Security Administration, and for nonprofits, public schools and local governments. Our alumni and many other young entrepreneurs start their own companies, benefitting from the resources and support of regional research parks and incubators, from bwtech@UMBC and the UMB Biopark to Betamore and the Emerging Technology Center. They also join an expansive community of artists and social entrepreneurs who work to grow Baltimore every day as they apply their creativity to connect people of all ages and racial, cultural and economic backgrounds.

What gives me hope is the honest look we are all taking at our city’s most pressing problems — from academic achievement gaps to health disparities — and our willingness to embrace these struggles. We understand that business development and community development are inextricably linked, and we know we have the brainpower and the passion to build a better future for all Baltimore residents. We are all Baltimore.