After taking the oath of office Tuesday, Rawlings-Blake assumes the post in her own right after last month’s election. She served in the role for nearly two years after her predecessor stepped down amid scandal.
In her inaugural address, Rawlings-Blake proposed a goal of drawing 10,000 families to the city over the next decade and called on residents to contribute to the effort. She calls the goal not just an aspiration but a necessity for survival.
In tough economic times, Rawlings-Blake says the city will have to be “both tough and creative,” but with the participation of residents it can be accomplished.