From the Bay Area to Baltimore, riders and driver partners are leveraging Uber’s technology to stay connected to their community and the people within it. While Uber expands its footprint across the East Coast, we remain committed to driving economic opportunity and development for the cities in which we operate.

We’re excited to announce the launch of UberUP, Uber’s Urban Partnership, an initiative to connect communities with entrepreneurial opportunities furnished by the Uber platform.

Over the next year, we are committing to partnering with 50,000 drivers in urban communities across the East Coast.

To drive this commitment forward, we’re partnering with ICIC, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and businesses. Together, we will reach thousands of urban residents through local events, skill-building courses and information sessions in an effort to ensure that the opportunity of entrepreneurship is available to all.

Today, we’ve collaborated with Maryland state legislators, members of the NAACP, and local community members to celebrate the launch of UberUP. We are honored to have Maryland’s support and look forward to working closely with state and community leaders across the East Coast.