Morgan is the anchor institution for Northeast Baltimore, and we endorse the Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise (RISE) District Program, including reduced tax zones to attract investments. Over the past year, we initiated the Morgan Community Mile (MCM) — a partnership with the community to increase educational attainment, reduce health disparities and spur the development of small business growth around the campus and throughout the neighborhoods that abut the campus. The MCM encompasses approximately twelve square miles of the city, with over 110,000 residents. The various communities have been fully engaged in establishing the vision for this region, and we are ready to make it happen. I believe the proposed enhancements to the RISE Districts will lead to positive and tangible outcomes for the MCM and other university-neighborhood partnerships in our city.