Politicians sometimes use their current positions as a springboard to higher office, but Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh says she is laser-focused on the job at hand. Adopting Baltimore and Maryland as her home, Pugh went on to hold public office in the City Council, and as a Delegate and State Senator in the Maryland General Assembly.
Pugh has joined fellow elected officials, grass roots leaders and residents in Baltimore in calling for an end to the violence. Mayor Pugh is also utilizing her business background to foster economic development.
Mayor Pugh is also utilizing her business background to foster economic development. She is eager to take advantage of Opportunity Zones, a community investment tool created by Congress in 2017 to connect private capital with low-income communities across America.
Pugh has created a new `Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund’ in Baltimore which would utilize city and private investment monies to support “a variety of revitalization activities.” Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, Pugh wrote him a letter that she hand-delivered during a stop the then-president elect made in Baltimore. Asked if there has been direct follow-up from the White House, Pugh replied, “No, not much.” Still, she notes that Baltimore has received federal funds under the Trump Administration.