By Tracey Leong

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A call is being placed for all inventors to be part of the next generation of manufacturers in Baltimore.

Tracey Leong explains why the mayor is looking to highlight this sector.

It’s part of the mayor’s continuing effort to grow Baltimore by more than 10,000 families. In order to attract residents, you need good paying jobs they can turn into careers.

Over the years, Baltimore’s manufacturing industry has experienced a steady decline. Mayor Rawlings-Blake says now is the time to rebuild a stronger one.

“Shine a spotlight on the opportunities that are created through manufacturing in this area,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.

The mayor is hosting Baltimore’s first forum to jumpstart this industry. Baltimore is already home to many well known manufacturers. The next push is to improve operations.

“We want to keep the jobs that are here now and want to help businesses that are here grow and attract businesses here in the future,” said Bill Cole, Baltimore Development Corporation.

During the panel, industry leaders brainstormed on how to spark innovation to revamp the traditional model.

“Making things empowers people to believe they can solve things and make a difference,” said Jenna Frye, MICA faculty.

Focusing on the need for a strong partnership with companies, creators and investors.

“Trying to provide that venue for people to experiment and start to build again,” Jason Hardebeck said.

Baltimore has many tools to create a competitive product, including a ready work force and ports that can serve as a gateway to markets all over the world.

More than 12,000 people work in manufacturing companies in Baltimore.

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