One of the biggest and most flexible economic development tools is the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG. The block grants empower mayors in communities of all sizes to meet their own unique development needs—from building affordable housing and infrastructure, to expanding social services, to fostering economic opportunity. Yet funding for the program has been cut substantially—by nearly a third since 2010, and down to only 22 percent of the program’s peak. O’Malley will double funding for CDBG to at least $6 billion annually, supporting $4 in public and private investment for each additional dollar. He will also sign an Executive Order requiring project-level coordination with federal transit-oriented and brownfield remediation programs, leveraging CDBG funding to support cleaner and more interconnected cities.