By: Melody Simmons
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tried out elements of what could be her inaugural speech Monday at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 37th annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Inner Harbor.
“Our number one goal in the next 10 years is to grow Baltimore,” the mayor said, echoing the theme of her Tuesday inaugural, “Growing Baltimore.”
“We need to seek dynamic growth at a time of limited resources,” she continued. “We must focus every resource we possess as people. We believe that Baltimore can grow again.”
The mayor handed out 13 awards to business owners and corporations that have “demonstrated significant corporate leadership and service for a better Baltimore.” Among the winners: Arris; a Design Studio, Inc.; Kaydon Ring & Seal; KPMG LLP; Southern Management Corp.; and Constellation Energy.
“There are businesses who say it’s not enough to make a profit,” she said, addressing the winners and lauding them for giving back.
Wearing a purple suit she said is now her standard, Monday wardrobe choice after a Ravens victory, Rawlings-Blake was given a round of applause in anticipation of the 11:30 a.m. ceremony Tuesday at City Hall’s War Memorial Plaza.
A spokesman for the mayor said Monday afternoon her speech would center on making city government more efficient and making Baltimore “better, safer and stronger.”
The mayor is expected to unveil a 10-year plan for Baltimore early next year, said Ian Brennan, her spokesman.
Rawlings-Blake was first elected to the City Council in 1995 at age 25. Her inauguration will be for a full, four-year term. Formerly the president of the City Council, she took over the mayor’s job on Feb. 4, 2010 after the resignation of Sheila Dixon following a conviction in Baltimore City Circuit Court on corruption charges.