Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC) was formed in April, 2001 by a steering committee of local stakeholders leading a broad-based, community planning process. The task was to re-imagine Dundalk’s future in the face of challenges that included decades of industrial job losses, population decline, and more than a dip in optimism. Fortunately, planning participants in 2001 could see past those issues and envisioned a Dundalk that already had a strong work ethic, pride in its history, a substantial list of assets – and they could see great potential. With the founding of DRC, new inspiration and energy fueled the vision for a new and improved Dundalk!
DRC is a community-based community development corporation that works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including community residents, government and the private sector, to implement projects and seek investments that revitalize Dundalk. That’s how we started out, and we haven’t stopped for 17 years.
DRC’s approach builds on our community’s strengths, which include 43 miles of waterfront, affordable homeownership opportunities, a walkable historic district, and close proximity to Baltimore City, major highways and employers. Add a community of down-to-earth, caring, hard-working, loyal-to-Dundalk people, and you’ve got a real community.
DRC is a certified Maryland Main Street and a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). We create housing opportunities affordable to people with a wide range of incomes, organize our Main Street business district to boost business, promote our neighborhoods as great places to live and work, and engage community residents to promote pride, strengthen neighborhood associations, and improve our neighborhoods. Yes, we’re pretty busy, but this community is worth it!
DRC believes in partnerships and collaboration, and that no one entity can do it all. We’re hard-working, but we’re one organization, with limited resources (though we stretch them daily!), so we invite other community partners to make important, long-lasting changes with us. We welcome opportunities to partner and support others’ endeavors to make Dundalk the best it can be.
Please see our latest Strategic Plan and our Action Plan for Market Enhancement and Target Neighborhoods, which guide our work and describes the process of community engagement we used to develop our plan.