Innovation Spotlight Videos

The videos below highlight agency efforts to implement Lean Government process improvement and execute successful Innovation Fund projects to better the provision of city services to Baltimore residents. 

Baltimore Police Department

Spotlight Video: Crime Lab Innovations

The Baltimore City Forensic Sciences and Evidence Management Division of the Police Department, aka the Crime Lab, has expanded to nine, state-of-the-art accredited laboratories. Hailed as being one of the best in the country, the Crime Lab works to provide the most accurate and efficient forensics information available.  As discussed in the video, Forensics Chief Steve O’Dell and his team have a strong record of using innovation to make strides in Crime Lab performance.  Watch how the City's Innovation Fund allowed Steve and his team to upgrade camera equipment and transition Crime Lab Technicians to a digital case management system.  

Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC)

Spotlight Video: PABC Innovation Fund Project

With support from the Innovation Fund, the Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) has both improved its services and increased its annual revenue in recent years. PABC invested $240,000 in updates and renovations that made parking lots across the city more convenient, safe, and beneficial to local businesses. These improvements have broadened access to secure and expedient parking options for both residents and visitors. PABC’s up-front investment in this project has yielded an annual return of $140,000 in increased revenue. A large portion of this return will be re-invested in similar Innovation Fund projects in the future. 

Mayor's Office of Employment Development (MOED)

Spotlight Video: One-Stop Career Center Lean Event

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) recently facilitated major changes at their Northwest One Stop Career Center in order to improve the services they were providing to Baltimore City residents.  In order to carry out these developments, MOED participated in a Process Improvement Event, made available by the Lean Government Initiative. Upon reviewing practices at the Northwest Center, MOED found multiple ways to streamline processes and expedite the services provided by the Center. After implementing changes that aligned with these findings, the Center has been able to drastically reduce the wait time experienced by residents. As a result, more participants are closer to obtaining employment at a much faster rate than ever before.