The Town of Berwyn Heights developed its first Strategic Plan in 2016, with one of the action items to increase the Town’s engagement and outreach with its residents and businesses. The Town is fortunate to have tremendous diversity in terms and age and race. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the median resident age is 34.9, with 35% of the population over the age of 45. 56% of the population is White, 27% is Hispanic, 15% is African-American, 8% is Asian, and 14% identified as two or more races.
The Town maintains an updated website and social media presence and mails a monthly 28-page newsletter to every household and business. The following three projects can be taken separately by students, faculty or other interested University groups or individuals, but also can potentially be combined to develop leadership and engage residents of all ages and races to enhance the community’s connectivity.
The Town of Berwyn Heights has received designation as a “Sustainable Maryland Certified” community from the University of Maryland for several years. The Town approaches sustainability in a broad-based sense to include the environment, economy, transportation, housing, quality of life, and land use. Previous efforts have resulted in a well-developed list of sustainability strategies; the next step is to find ways to implement sustainability efforts. On each of the following goals, collaborative exploration can include an assessment of the funding needed to achieve the objectives, financing strategies, working with private property owners to demonstrate the value of sustainability projects, connecting with existing regional partnerships and non-governmental organizations, and coordinating with the Community Engagement projects with Berwyn Heights residents and businesses.