New and creative thinking is needed to meet the serious problems facing Baltimore today. New or reinvigorated partnerships with other government agencies, nonprofits, educational and religious institutions and community-based programs must be cultivated. Though many of these entities are doing good work, there is not a comprehensive, written plan for how all these and other approaches can be coordinated. The plan should be specific, measurable and evaluated. It should offer convincing systemic solutions, and not just more trickle down promises and gratuitous tax breaks. Preparation of this plan should be a top priority for the new head of BDC and should be completed within two years. The future of our city depends on it.