Transforming Prince George’s County

Five years ago, WRAG was instrumental in launching the Partnership for Prince George’s County. It was an unprecedented collaboration between funders, nonprofits, and local officials aimed at understanding and addressing the problems facing the county’s under-served residents. Over the next few months, we’ll be exploring the progress that has been made in the county since the launch and looking at what comes next.

By Rushern L. Baker, III
Prince George’s County Executive

My administration is focused on transforming our county into an economic engine for the State of Maryland, as well as the Greater Washington region, by working tirelessly to improve public safety, economic development and our public school system. We are making tremendous progress, but we still have a number of areas in our county that need additional services and support – areas like the ones we have identified through our Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI).

We created TNI to improve the quality of life in six communities in the county that are facing particularly difficult challenges with crime, healthcare, employment and economic development, school performance and high foreclosure rates. Each neighborhood has a team of top government officials from numerous agencies who are working with them to identify the particular issues that need to be addressed. TNI is an example of how my administration is rethinking how we serve the residents of Prince George’s County, enabling us to function more efficiently and effectively and enhancing our services to all neighborhoods. Our thinking is that, by aligning cross-governmental efforts in these areas of highest need, we will have greater success in making long-term, transformational change in the county. After just one year, we are already seeing results. We have established strong relationships with the residents in the TNI communities, and crime is down. But there is still more to do.

To put it simply, we need help. When we launched TNI, I said that the government can’t do it alone. We need partners with expertise and resources who will team up with us to improve the quality of life for the people in these neighborhoods. TNI is about collaboration and empowerment. That is why we are beginning to reach out to the business, faith-based, philanthropic, and nonprofit communities to join this important initiative.

Great things are happening in Prince George’s County. We are transforming our schools, our economy, and our neighborhoods because we want to make it a great place to live, work, and invest. In the coming months, we look forward to proposing new partnership opportunities as we enhance our transformational efforts in Prince George’s County.