Jon M. Laria, a partner in the Real Estate Department of Ballard Spahr LLP, has been elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

Healthy Neighborhoods helps strong but undervalued Baltimore neighborhoods increase home values, market their communities, create high standards for property improvements, and forge strong connections among neighbors. As part of its many services, Healthy Neighborhoods provides below-market financing and grants to homeowners and rehabbers, develops community projects that promote positive images for neighborhoods, and supports partnerships between communities and philanthropies.

Mr. Laria is a member of Ballard Spahr's Construction, Eminent Domain, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Housing, P3/Infrastructure, Transactional Finance, and Zoning and Land Use Groups and the Real Estate Development, Finance, and Leasing Groups. He represents owners, developers, and lenders in all types of commercial real estate transactions, including development, finance, acquisition, and leasing. He also has an active land use and zoning practice and has provided counsel for some of Baltimore's most prominent development projects.