Each committee is led by an FHMS board member, but area residents and members of the business community who have interest and skills related to the committees' aims are encouraged to join a committee.

If you are interested in participating in a committee, please contact Board President Garrett Schiche (gschiche@gmail.com).

Organization

Organization Committee establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the business district. By getting everyone working toward the same goal, FHMS can provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy for the district.

Economic Vitality

The Economic Vitality Committee strengthens the district's existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities from outlying development and an evolving clientele base. This will be accomplished by retaining and expanding successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills of business owners, and attracting new businesses that the market can support. The goal is to build a commercial district that responds to the needs of today’s consumers, both local residents, residents of broader Baltimore and visitors outside the city.

Design

The Design Committee works to enhance the physical appearance of the commercial district by supporting the rehabilitation of historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning. Also, it ensures that infrastructure upgrades in the commercial district supports multimodal transportation, human centered spaces, and principles of urban sustainability. Additionally, the Design Committee works to educate business owners about City ordinances pertaining to sanitation and the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP).

Promotion

The Promotion Committee supports with marketing the business district's assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors. The objective is to create a positive image that will reinforce community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in the FHMS business district. Advertising, social media, retail promotions, special events, and marketing campaigns help promote FHMS’ unique characteristics, business establishments, and activities to shoppers, investors, potential business and property owners, and visitors.

Clean, Green and Safe

The Clean, Green and Safe Committee enhances the perception of a neighborhood through the principles of smart growth and sustainability and promotes a shared safety approach to ensure that residents, customers and employees feel safe and that FHMS is perceived as a safe destination for dining and entertainment in Baltimore. The committee oversees the maintenance and expansion of the urban tree canopy, cleaning contracts, and holding businesses accountable to standards of cleanliness that respect other stakeholders and complies with Baltimore City codes, regulations, and liquor license MoUs.

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