Over the last decade, despite a debilitating national recession, Baltimore City has undergone a transformative shift in momentum. From Howard Park to Patterson Park, from Cherry Hill to Windsor Hill, the signs of investment, renewal and progress in Baltimore are real. Anirban Basu, Mr. Hogan's economic development consultant, correctly states that Baltimore City success stories like Under Armour, Amazon, T. Rowe Price, among many other small and locally-owned businesses, are choosing to locate in Baltimore because that is where their workforce wants to live. And those who live here want what Baltimore City can authentically offer — walkable communities, neighborhood main streets, unmatched cultural amenities and great parks. More than the economic engine of Maryland, Baltimore is the cultural center of our state. From the National Aquarium and Hippodrome to the Reginald F. Lewis and Great Blacks in Wax Museums, our city's institutions define the spirit of innovation and diversity of the people of this great city.