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Charm offensive: Baltimore Homecoming is looking to reconnect expats with the city

The 2018 event is looking to show those who left what's happening in Baltimore now, including the tech scene.

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(Photo by Flickr user Tony Brooks, used under a Creative Commons license)

Baltimore city will have its own homecoming in 2018.
A new project is looking to draw accomplished folks who are originally from Baltimore or have close ties back to the city. They’ll return for a weekend called Baltimore Homecoming from Oct. 3-5, 2018.
The idea behind the event is to reconnect those who moved away with what’s happening in the city today.
That leaves an opportunity for people working in the city today to showcase their work, and the group behind the event is accepting nominations for who should be included.
“The event will showcase Baltimore’s vibrant arts and culinary scenes, expose guests to the city’s remarkable innovators and entrepreneurs, and encourage discussion about the city’s challenges – and the bright future we can build together,” its website states.
The effort is being spearheaded by a nonprofit which was cofounded by Nate Loewentheil, who worked as a liaison to Baltimore in the Obama administration, and JM Schapiro, CEO of Continental Realty. A 40-member organizing committee includes Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, Wes Moore and JHU President Ron Daniels among its members.
The organizers are looking to get the tech scene involved, both in who is invited and what they show.
“The technology scene in Baltimore will certainly be a part of what we highlight at the Homecoming, and to the extent there are tech leaders from around the U.S. that hail from Baltimore, we will be eager to bring them home!” Loewentheil told us via email.
They’re accepting nominations for who should be included:
The effort is modeled on Detroit Homecoming, which drew 230 expat attendees in its fourth year this fall, according to the Detroit News.

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