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HEBCAC/Johns Hopkins Medical Systems

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Jimmy Wilson reported to the Chairperson of HEBCAC and the HEBCAC Treasurer (who is also the Chief Financial Officer of Johns Hopkins Medical Institution). In addition to ongoing organizational development support, SGN provided strategic advice and used its extensive professional networking to analyze the planning process for the redevelopment of Historic East Baltimore, including development of a Biotechnology Park.

Jimmy Wilson begin this engagement by orchestrating an "Ambassador’s Tour", accompanying the Chairperson to face-to-face meetings with various stakeholders in the Baltimore area. The message was simplistic: In order for successful economic development in the highly distressed, underserved areas of Historic East Baltimore, there had to be "equitable development" and an inclusive process  --rather than gentrification. Jimmy Wilson did extensive research into national policies and best practices regarding housing relocation, biotechnology business development and community economic empowerment through self-sufficiency, vertical integration of businesses and wealth creation.

Jimmy Wilson assisted in providing the discussion framework for making potentially three hundred relocates "WHOLE", exceeding Federal and State required compensation. Jimmy Wilson exchanged policy viewpoints with leading experts from coast to coast, including New Community Corporation, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, The University of California/Mission Bay, University of Miami, University of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Jackson State University, The Rand Corporation, Brookings Institute, University City Science Center, the Rockefeller Foundation, and The Harvest Institute to name a few. Dr. Claude Anderson, Harvest Institute" and author of the best seller, "Black Labor, White Wealth"  -- held a town meeting in Historic East Baltimore, aimed at continuing to educate the community and community leaders on "regionalism", "leveraging" and a "Community Development agreement" in the swapping of distressed community assets for upgraded community assets.
During the fall , 2001, upon learning and notifying the community and community leaders of City of Baltimore/Hopkins negotiations, 

Jimmy Wilson assisted in outlining  "rules of engagement" and other parameters for a "quid pro quo" exchange between the Community, City of Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins. On behalf of HEBCAC, Jimmy Wilson held workshops on business inclusion and began drafting a more inclusive (community as third partner) Memorandum of Understanding, used some provisions from an MOU between the Community of Anacostia (District of Columbia), Bank of America and the Small Business Administration. Jimmy Wilson’s draft proposed innovative provisions to protect the long-term interest of long-time community residents, as well as mechanism to assist community organizations in becoming self-sufficient.

Specifically, one provision proposed a percentage of qualified funding proceeds flowing through the redevelopment effort be redirected for community projects and programs. Jimmy Wilson modeled this innovative provision after the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority/State of New Jersey legislation. Such mechanism was necessary in Atlantic City because developers historically promised (when applying for gaming licenses) to improve the surrounding, distressed communities, however, never seemed to get around to doing so.
Early in 2002, Jimmy Wilson’s research and negotiating documents became the foundation of work by an Ad Hoc Committee of community residents and community leaders. Jimmy Wilson applauds the execution of  "Business Inclusion Agreement" by chief stakeholders. 

Jimmy Wilson has advised that the easy part is behind the redevelopment process, however, scale, infrastructure requirements, contacts, will be a formidable assignment for a redevelopment effort, unlike any other known in this country --- and probably the world. Jimmy Wilson has an arsenal of experience, ideas and resources to share from its extensive commercial/community redevelopment "tool box".

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