In April of 2012, County Executive Rushern Baker launched the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI). The purpose of the TNI is to improve the quality of life of neighborhoods, while identifying ways to improve service delivery throughout the county for all residents. This initiative focuses on partnering with communities to uplift neighborhoods in the county that face significant economic, health, public safety and educational challenges.
The goal is to achieve the County Executive’s Vision of a Thriving Economy, Great Schools, Safe Neighborhoods and High Quality Healthcare by targeting cross-governmental resources to neighborhoods that have significant needs.
The Bladensburg/East Riverdale communities were one of five community areas designated as a TNI area. Due to the continued drop in crime over the past five (5) years and the increase in property values, the County notified the Town in June of 2016 they would be transitioning the Bladensburg/East Riverdale TNI from a County led initiative to a community led initiative effective January 1, 2017. In February 2017 a Town of Bladensburg TNI Team was formed representing the community to include:
A business representative from the Town of Bladensburg
A community organization from the Town of Bladensburg
Chief Stone from the Bladensburg Police Department
Shaun Rienhart, Code Enforcement Supervisor from the Town of Bladensburg
Linda Turner, Manager, Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI), County Executive’s Office
Jeffrey Swilley, Assistant Director of Business Services Prince George’s County’s Economic Development Corporation- Workforce Services Division
Debi Sandlin, Town Administrator, Town of Bladensburg
The Town’s TNI Team held their initial meeting in February and identified four (4) goal areas to focus on over the next year. The four goal areas identified include:
Jobs and Workforce training
The Town’s TNI meetings are open to all residents living in the community and businesses located in the Town. We encourage everyone to attend and participate in the discussions and work with the TNI Team to improve the quality of live for everyone living and doing business in the Town of Bladensburg.