2015 New & Expanded Businesses in The City of Frederick

In collaboration with partners, the Department of Economic Development celebrates grand openings, business expansions, and commemorative anniversaries within the Frederick business community each year.  This list is a summary of new business openings and expansions within The City of Frederick based on events held by Downtown Frederick Partnership, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, and businesses hosting their own celebrations.

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September 2015
  • FoodPRO / Expansion - 321 E. 5th Street

October 2015

November 2015

Don't see your business on the list?  Please let us know and we will update this post.

A Company's Mission Inspires its Office Design

In The City of Frederick, business spaces go beyond basics. Here, unique offices allow businesses to cultivate creativity, express their company's culture, and create a work environment that inspires.  From industrial to classic, artsy to funky, historic to high tech, spaces abound to meet a variety of needs.  

Inspiring Offices is a feature that highlights some of the creative and unique office spaces in Frederick.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek inside this month's inspiring office in Frederick - Someone With. Paula Jagemann-Bane is the CEO and Founder of Someone With Group. The company began as an online marketplace for breast cancer products, and has expanded its corporate vision of "Innovation for Life" to include membership based financial services for those suffering from a chronic condition. 

The company's mission has inspired its office design. Pink is the classic awareness color for breast cancer, and it can be found infused into all aspects of the office's design. 

Learn more about inspiring office, Someone With. 
Someone With CEO and Founder Paula Jagermann-Bane answered a few questions about what she loves about her office space.

Why did you choose your current office location and how long has Someone With been located here?

I've always wanted to have space downtown.  My last venture we raised $92M for insisted that to be a “credible” software company, we’d have to headquarter in Northern 
Virginia. NOT THIS TIME! 

Was it “move in” ready or did you have to design/fit it out? 

The space was not ready to move into, but, the second the elevator doors open to hunter green and burgundy swags, I told Joe Donegan, my agent “I’ll take it”.  He was frosted that I 
said that in front of the landlord, and took away his negotiating power, but, the space just spoke to me.  Everyone who comes here loves it, thanks to Rhonda McLaughlin (the designer).

What inspirations did you use to decorate/design the space? 

Since it was so Victorian and heavy, I wanted to lighten up the space, and mainly go with monochrome walls and carpeting and use modern lighten fixtures and eye popping furniture to add New York-style contemporary.  We also have an original Virginia McLaughlin 10-foot mural of our logo, in pinks and purples to reflect the breast cancer portion of our business.  

What are the most unique aspects about your office space? 

From the street level, looking up, we have the two front turrets facing Market Street, best view of the City ANYWHERE.  Shhhh, we also have a deck off the back! 

An Office With A View

"Shhhh, we also have a deck off the back!" said Paula. It offers stunning views of the twin spires and Downtown Frederick. 

"I wanted to lighten up the space, and mainly go with monochrome walls and carpeting and use modern lighten fixtures and eye popping furniture to add New York-style contemporary." 

Even the bathroom pops with pink and bright colors.
This painting symbolizes Paula's philanthropic work with the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" fundraiser that raises money for the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Foundation at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Walls are personalized with art throughout the space. 

Paula jokes that Bryan Voltaggio watches over her kitchen. His cookbook and bobble head figure are perched on top of the refrigerator in the kitchen area.  
Find Your Own Inspiring OfficeIf you are looking to open or expand a business in Frederick, we can help.  Contact us, and let us help you find your own inspiring office space so you can build your dream. 

If YOU know of any interesting office spaces, let us know and we will put them on our list to feature.

5 Ways to Celebrate Small Businesses This Season

Small Business Saturday isn’t the only day to Shop Small. In the City of Frederick, 95% of all businesses are small businesses, which mean they have 50 or fewer employees. Based on InfoUSA data, 88% of City businesses have fewer than 25 employees.

If you live in or around Frederick, you know shopping small is a source of pride for many, and the options are endless year-round. Here are a few ways to celebrate small businesses this holiday season and beyond:

  1. Sing for Your City – Follow the Frederick County Office of Economic Development for details on how to show your Shop Small spirit by singing for your city.
  2. Explore New Neighborhoods – Small, locally-owned businesses in Frederick are also tucked inside commercial shopping centers. Discover a new neighborhood when you shop this season. Here are a few local dining tips if you are exploring on The Golden Mile.
  3. Find a Festive Event – Events throughout Downtown Frederick and across The City encourage visitors and residents to shop local and shop small.  From Frosty Friday to horse and carriage rides, the season is full of special holiday activities, programs, entertainment, and events. Find a holiday event.
  4. Park Easy - Take advantage of free holiday parking in Downtown Frederick during the holiday season. On Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) and Frosty Friday (Friday, November 27), free parking is available at all meters and decks.  Additionally, free parking (meters and decks) will be offered every weekend from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day from Saturday at 8:00 AM through Monday at 6:00 AM.
  5. Share How You Shop Small - Use #ShopSmall to share how you shop small in Frederick. The photo could be you dining at a restaurant, picking up bread at a local bakery, visiting a favorite shop or business, or just getting a jump start on your shopping. 

This Week on Carroll Creek - November 12, 2015

Grading, brick work, pedestrian bridges with handicap access, and landscaping continue on the sections of Carroll Creek Park near the Union Mills Building owned by Douglas Development.
The Union Mills Building is buzzing with activity as the property is renovated to welcome its first tenant, Regent Education. They plan to move into the space early next year, taking over 26,000 feet and bringing 85 employees to the new location.

Union Mills building looking west

Union Mills building looking west

Brick work and other paving work continues near McCutcheon's and the Mill Pond, a widened section of the creek where a new fountain will be installed.

Finally, new planters have been added near the Galleria Fountain, waiting for spring and a pop of life and color!

Forecasts Predict A Happy Holiday for Retailers

'Tis the season for retailers across the country to gear up for their busiest weeks, and forecasts are pointing to a strong 2015 holiday season.

Holiday sales are essential for the success of not only Frederick area businesses, but retailers nationwide. According to the National Retail Federation, for some retailers, the holiday season can represent as much as 30% of annual sales. Overall, the National Retail Federation is predicting that 2015 holiday sales will rise 3.7%.

Shopping trends look particularly promising for local businesses this year. According Deloitte's 2015 Holiday Survey, 70% of those surveyed plan to shop locally this holiday season. The survey also indicates that 59% shop local to support the economy and 54% are looking for one-of-a-kind gifts.  

The "Buy Local, Shop Local" trend has been gaining popularity across the country, and each year it strengthens.  More consumers are seeking individuality in the products that they buy and gifts that they give.  

"Downtown Frederick, with its mix of independent shops, boutiques, and galleries, is particularly well positioned to benefit from the shop local movement," said Richard Griffin, The City of Frederick's Director of Economic Development. 

Local businesses can position themselves well for the holiday season by planning ahead and preparing. This can take many forms, such as hosting or participating in holiday events, offering holiday hours, or providing an exceptional holiday shopping experience. 

For more information on holiday retail trends, visit the National Retail Federation or view Deloitte's 2015 Holiday Survey graphic below. 

3 Programs for Veteran-Owned Businesses

ShieldCo is one of the many veteran-owned business in Frederick, Maryland. From left to right are ShieldCo employee Kenny Green and co-owners Luke and Neil Markey. Neil served in Iraq and later was assigned to the US Army Special Operations Command, with the Second Ranger Battalion, and completed two tours to Afghanistan. A portion of ShieldCo's profits are donated to The Pointe du Hoc Foundation, a 501(c)3 that supports US Army Rangers and their families. 
Veteran-owned businesses and veterans thinking of starting a new business have access to unique resources. Below are three resources veteran entrepreneurs can use to help start and grow their businesses.
  1. Military Personnel and Veteran-owned Small Business Loan Program (MPVSBLP)This loan program provides no interest loans from $1,000 to $50,000 for up to 8 years for military personnel and Veteran-owned small businesses. For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Commerce's website.  
  2. VetBiz VetBiz is a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is the federal govenment web portal for veteran-owned businesses. The website vetbiz.gov provides resource assistance for veterans and service-disabled veterans who are considering starting or expanding a business. 
  3. The U.S. Small Business AdministrationThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a section of its website dedicated to helping veteran-owned small businesses and veterans interested in started their own small businesses get the information they need to help start and grow their businesses. Visit the website to learn more about SBA’s resources and information.

Made in Frederick: McCutcheon’s Apple Products, Inc.

In The City of Frederick, a variety of local businesses make and manufacture their own products. From popcorn and coffee to dog treats, many small businesses are choosing Frederick as a place to make their products and to do business.

Made in Frederick is a feature that showcases these businesses and their products.

McCutcheon's Apple Products

Fresh, local apples are
the key to their popular cider.
McCutcheon's Apple Products, located right next to Carroll Creek, produces and sells all of their products from their factory in Frederick. McCutcheon's is a family-owned business that has been making their products in Frederick since 1938. The company sells a wide range of specialty fruit products, including apple cider, jelly, and butters. 

McCutcheon's currently has over 30 full time employees, some of who are third, fourth, and fifth generation members of the McCutcheon family. Our office had the opportunity to tour McCutcheon's factory and to meet with the President, Bob McCutcheon III.

Q&A With Bob McCutcheon
Bob answered a few questions about his business, products, and why he enjoys doing business here in Frederick.

How long has your company been in business?Since 1938

What are your product/products?
Apple Cider, Apple Butter Preserves, Jellies, Condiments, Hot Sauce, Teas, Olde Time Sodas and much more.

What makes your product different?Everything is home-style, just like Grandma made.
What do you want your customers to know about your product?
We get products that are the best tasting, highest quality, and made in Frederick.

What does Frederick offer a company like yours?
Frederick is a vibrant growing city situated in beautiful Downtown Frederick. It's a great place for us to live, work, and play.

McCutcheon's facility is powered by 546 solar panels. You can view the daily output of the solar panels at McCutcheon's website.

Apple cider production at McCutcheon's. 

If you go

McCutcheon's has a full retail shop that is open 6 days week and it offers all of the company's products. McCutcheon's products are also available to resellers. For more information and hours, visit McCutcheon's website.

For more recipes using McCutcheon's Apple Products, visit their blog.

Want to be featured on Made in Frederick?
If you or your business has a product that's made in The City of Frederick, contact us and let us know more about your business, product, and why Frederick is a great business location for you. 

This story was completed by our fall intern from Hood College, Nick Masucci. 

6 Ways to Park Easy in Frederick

The City of Frederick's Parking Department operates parking meters, municipal lots, and five parking decks throughout Downtown Frederick. Read on to learn six ways the City's Parking Department makes it convenient to Park Frederick. 
  1. Free Holiday Parking - On Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) and Frosty Friday (Friday, November 27), free parking is available at all meters and decks.  Additionally, free parking (meters and decks) will be offered every weekend from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day from Saturday at 8:00 AM through Monday at 6:00 AM.
  2. Monthly Garage Passes - The City provides monthly deck passes at a cost of $97.00 per month.  Monthly passes are a great option for businesses interested in providing parking for their employees and residents seeking covered off-street parking.  For additional information, please contact the City Parking Office at 301-600-1429
  3. Parkmobile App - Out of quarters? Business meeting running over? With the Parkmobile App, you can add value to City parking meters from the convenience of your phone. Download the Parkmobile app to get started. Specific questions may also be addressed by the City Parking Office at 301-600-1429.
  4. Pre-Paid Parking Meter Card - Each parking meter has a slot that can accept a pre-paid parking meter card.  Rather than carrying change in your car, individuals can purchase a pre-paid parking meter card, add a balance to it, and use it to pay at parking meters. The cards can be purchased in increments of $20, $30, $40, or $50, and there is a one-time $5 activation fee. Cards can be "rebooted" or reloaded up to 63 times after the first purchase. Pre-Paid Parking Meter Cards can be purchased at 2 South Court Street. For more information, please contact the City Parking Office at 301-600-1429. 
  5. Pre-Paid Validation Tickets (Also Known as the "Park & Shop Program") - Hosting clients, business guests, or customers and want to pay for their parking?  The City offers pre-paid validation cards for garage parking. Validation cards are available in dollar  increments up to $7, and are great for customers, clients, and guests. If you have never used the program, plan on contacting the Parking Department at least 3-5 days before you need the tickets. Pre-Paid Validation Tickets can be purchased at 2 South Court Street. For additional information, please contact the City Parking Office at 301-600-1429.
  6. Deck Debit Cards - Deck Debit Cards are pre-loaded and can be used in any parking deck in Frederick. Cards can be purchased with $50 of parking credit. There is a $5 activation fee when you purchase the card, and it can be reloaded in any increment. Deck Debit Cards can be purchased at 2 South Court Street. For additional information, please contact the City Parking Office at 301-600-1429. 
For more information about these programs and other parking questions, contact the City Parking Office or visit their site online

Broker Tour Showcases Frederick as a Most Valuable Place

Nearly 50 commercial real estate professionals attended the 2015 Commercial Realtor Bus Tour on November 5, 2015.  The sports-themed tour showcased Frederick, Maryland as the "Most Valuable Place" for locating a business and offered a glimpse at the various office and retail opportunities available in Frederick County. Commercial brokers from both the Frederick market and the Washington metropolitan area were in attendance.  

The commercial broker community serves as a vital economic development partner.  Brokers actively market Frederick as a business destination and often serve as the first point of contact in the Frederick community for prospective businesses.  In addition to highlighting available real estate spaces, the tour offered the opportunity for City and County economic development staff to highlight redevelopment opportunities and public infrastructure investments. 

City of Frederick Economic Development Director Richard Griffin highlighted several commercial corridors within the City including Downtown Frederick, Riverside Research Park, Thomas Johnson Drive, and the Golden Mile.

The day kicked off at the Frederick Visitor Center. Opening remarks were made by Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, City of Frederick Mayor Randy McClement, County Director of Economic Development Helen Propheter, and Tourism Council Executive Director John Fieseler. 
The event was organized by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development and sponsored by Avison Young, Matan, Jefferson Place, St. John Properties, Rockpoint Commercial, CIM, Frederick Indoor Sports Center, Frederick Land Company, and Hill Management.

Looking For a New Business Space?

The Department of Economic Development (DED) provides no cost business location services, including access to the CoStar commercial property database. Connect with DED via Facebook, Twitter, or email to expand your business location search.

Team Frederick - Economic development partners from across the county worked together to showcase Frederick as the Most Valuable Place.  Pictured above, from left to right, is Jodie Bollinger, Helen Propheter, Bobby Baumler, Michelle Kershner, John Fieseler, Richard Griffin, and Becky Bickerton. 

Tourism Council of Frederick County Executive Director John Fieseler Named Tourism Person of the Year by Maryland Tourism Coalition

Tourism Person of the Year John Fieseler and colleague Matt Neitzey, executive director of the Prince George’s County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Photo Credit: Maryland Tourism Coalition
Executive Director of the Tourism Council of Frederick County John Fieseler has been named Tourism Person of the Year by the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC). The award was presented to Fieseler last Thursday at the 35th annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, held at Turf Valley Resort in Howard County. It was announced during the MTC Awards presentation and banquet, part of the 3-day annual summit that brings together more than 250 tourism and hospitality professionals from throughout the state of Maryland.
Tourism Person of the Year is a prestigious professional award given to an industry leader whose exceptional commitment has significantly enhanced and perpetuated the tourism industry in Maryland.

One of the chief attractions is downtown Frederick’s dynamic 40-block historic district, with its nationally renowned architecture, variety of historic sites, 200 retailers and antique shops, and 40 restaurants along Restaurant Row. Nearly three-quarters of all visitors to Frederick County come to downtown Frederick during their journey – about 1.4 million tourists each year.

"Tourism has a tremendous economic impact on Frederick and it is one of our targeted industries," said Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development for The City of Frederick. "Thanks to John's leadership and partnership, tourism thrives in Frederick." 

One nomination statement for Fieseler outlined his positive impact on tourism. It referred to him as a “community and industry leader, and tourism advocate whose successes cannot be contained to any single year” as well as an individual who “embraces tourism as an economic engine for Frederick County and the state of Maryland.”

“John Fieseler has been a friend to the tourism industry throughout his career,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, executive director of the Maryland Office of Tourism. “He rarely says no to anyone asking for his help, advice and counsel. He is a problem solver and a consensus builder. John is truly an asset to Maryland’s tourism industry.” 
Fieseler has served as executive director of the Tourism Council of Frederick County since December 1997. He served on the board of directors for six years, including two as board president, prior to assuming the director position. As executive director he represents Frederick County in the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, is a past chair of the organization, and currently chairs the Research Committee. Fieseler was appointed by Maryland’s governor to serve on the Maryland Tourism Development Board and also sits on the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. He is also a member of the board of directors for the 6-state Civil War Trails organization. He has been a presenter at national tourism conferences including the Destination Marketing Association International annual convention and U.S. Traveler’s annual Educational Seminars for Tourism Organizations.

Throughout his years with the Tourism Council, Fieseler has served on dozens of local committees and boards, including current positions on the boards of the Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the American Red Cross, and Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley. He’s a past president of the boards of Hospice of Frederick County and the Rotary Club of Frederick, and a former board member of the Frederick Arts Council.

Under Fieseler’s leadership, tourism continues to steadily grow in Frederick County. He led the organization to purchase, rehabilitate, and open the building at 151 S. East Street in Frederick as its visitor center and offices. When the State was forced by budget limitations to close the Mason-Dixon Welcome Center in northern Frederick County, Fieseler worked cooperatively with state and local partners to get funding to re-open it and install exhibits. He led the organization through many Civil War and War of 1812 commemorative events in recent years. Fieseler serves on the Downtown Frederick Hotel Advisory Committee and leads the way as tourism continues to grow in Frederick County, with increases in visitation and visitor spending.

“It is such a well-deserved and tremendous accomplishment for John to receive this prestigious award,” said Dave Ziedelis, President of the Tourism Council Board of Directors. “We are certainly blessed to have John here in Frederick at the helm of our Tourism Council.”

The Tourism Council of Frederick County (TCFC) is the recognized Destination Marketing Organization for Frederick City and Frederick County, Maryland. It operates the Frederick Visitor Center and related Visit Frederick programs that include Destination Marketing and Group Tour Marketing. For more information about membership and Visit Frederick events, go to www.visitfrederick.org

Off the Grid: Undiscovered Downtown Frederick Small Business Sites

Downtown Frederick Properties - Updated November 4, 2015

Historic Downtown Frederick is the core commercial district within the City of Frederick and is the ideal place to locate your business.  Join the over 700 businesses that call Downtown Frederick home.  Downtown Frederick is home to award-winning restaurants, independent retail, specialty services, and more.  

The Department of Economic Development (DED) provides no cost business location services, including access to the CoStar commercial property database.  Due to the unique nature of Downtown Frederick, occasionally properties are not included in the online database.  

The Department of Economic Development is here to jump start your search.  Follow our blog for an up-to-date listing of properties not currently found online.  Connect with DED via Facebook, Twitter, or Email to expand your small business location search.

 9 N. Court Street
1st Floor Retail Space
EGD Enterprises

22 N. Market Street
Upper-Floor Office Space
Noah's FMC

25 N. Market Street
1st Floor Retail Space

235 N. Market Street
1st Floor Retail Space

220 N. Market Street
Office (Opportunity to lease by floor - 4 offices per floor, or the entire building.  Features kitchen, conference, and receptionist space).  Tenant interested in leasing entire building may be able to convert space to retail/restaurant. 
For additional information:SSP , Inc. 
Patsy Lucido 970-471-0916  

207 N. Market Street
 Ground Floor Retail/Restaurant Space
For additional information: Smith Management

Do you know of a listing that isn't in CoStar or in this post? Let us know.  

Inspiring Offices: Welocalize offers an airy office in a former factory

Inspiring Office Welocalize is located in The Glass Factory in Downtown Frederick. This space blends the old and the new and creates a great work environment for employees. 
In The City of Frederick, business spaces go beyond basics. Here, unique offices allow businesses to cultivate creativity, express their company's culture, and create a work environment that inspires.  From industrial to classic, artsy to funky, historic to high tech, spaces abound to meet a variety of needs. 

Inspiring Offices is a feature that highlights some of the creative and unique office spaces in Frederick.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek inside this month's inspiring office in Frederick - Welocalize. Welocalize's office is located within the Glass Factory, a 17,000-square-foot structure that was built as a cannery in the early 1900s. It was previously a tailor company and also a window factory. Today, the renovated warehouse space is home to a variety of companies in Downtown Frederick. 

Co-Owners Smith and Julia Yewell answered a few questions about what they love about their office space inside of the Glass Factory. 

Why did you choose your current office location and how long has Welocalize been located here?

Welocalize has called this location (241 E. 4th Street) home since the fall of 1997 and chose the location for the proximity to our family and charm of old town Frederick. Frederick has a lot to offer to the community and is a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Was it "move in" ready or did you have to design/fit it out?
The office space was wide open, unfinished and inviting, which gave us a great opportunity and ability to mold the space to the way we envisioned for ourselves and staff at Welocalize.

What inspirations did you use to decorate/design the space?
The Glass Factory building is quite unique and has plenty of history within its walls. Together with the owner of the property, we tried to preserve the old look and use the elements of the old factory to create an airy feel of the modern office space.

What are the most unique aspects about your office space?
The materials that are used in the space as well as the decor. The building owner has an interesting taste, to say the least.

What do your employees like best about the office space?
Our employees love the high ceilings and natural light!

Find Your Own Inspiring Office
If you are looking to open or expand a business in Frederick, we can help.  Contact us, and let us help you find your own inspiring office space so you can build your dream. 
 If YOU know of any interesting office spaces, let us know and we will put them on our list to feature.

Development Showcase Highlights Planned Investments Along the Golden Mile

An estimated 200 residents attended The Golden Mile Alliance's Development Showcase at the Frederick Elks Lodge, along with representation from elected officials, City staff, and the Frederick Police Department.  The event was organized to educate the community on the numerous planned investments along the Golden Mile corridor.  Representatives from major commercial and residential projects provided updates and addressed questions from residents and community members in attendance.  

Projects on display included:
The Golden Mile Alliance meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Municipal Annex Building, located at 140 West Patrick Street.  Please contact the Golden Mile Alliance for details.

For the latest information on planned events and projects along the Golden Mile, check out the Golden Mile Alliance's website and Facebook page.

DED Markets Frederick Beyond City Limits

Marketing The City of Frederick as a location where businesses can thrive is a key objective for the Department of Economic Development (DED). Each year, DED attends and exhibits at numerous conferences and trade shows to reach targeted audiences, including vital industry sectors, elected officials, and partner organizations. At these events, the DED team expands the awareness of the community's amenities, showcases the quality of life in Frederick, and promotes the services the department can offer.  

Below is an overview of the conferences and events DED participates in each year:

Local Business Events
  • Chamber Business Expo - Most recently, DED exhibited locally at the 20th Annual Frederick Expo, organized by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.  The Business Expo enables the department to network with dozens of existing Frederick employers.  In collaboration with Frederick County's Office of Economic Development, the joint presence aligned with the Expo's "Pop Up Frederick" theme and provided the opportunity to highlight the County's designated Main Streets.
  • SMART Proc - In support of Frederick's largest employer, Fort Detrick, DED actively participates in the annual SMART Proc conference.  SMART Proc provides area businesses with resources and information related to contract opportunities with Fort Detrick and the National Cancer Institute-Frederick.
Biosciences & Technology
  • Entrepreneur Expo - The Entrepreneur Expo is organized annually by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation.  The Expo provides a venue for DED to interact with leading start-ups and entrepreneurs from across MarylandDED exhibited for the first time in November 2015 and promoted the many benefits and resources available to start-ups in Frederick.
  • Atlantic Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics Summit - The AVI Summit is organized by the Tech Council of Maryland and enables the City to highlight Frederick's placement as Northern Anchor of the I-270 Technology Corridor to industry leaders and biosciences firms located in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • BIO International - Frederick County is home to the second largest concentration of life sciences companies within Maryland.  Nearly half of the County's 85 life sciences companies are located within the City of Frederick.  As a target industry, the City and County economic development offices share a booth space within the larger Maryland Pavilion at the BIO International Convention annually. 
  • Maryland Regional Biotech Forum- Hosted at the MedImmune campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the Maryland Regional Biotech Forum provides networking opportunities with regional players in the biotech industry.  In 2015, DED's own Richard Griffin participated on panel discussing regional collaboration
  • ICSC Mid-Atlantic - The International Council of Shopping Center's Mid-Atlantic Conference promotes The City of Frederick to prospective shopping center developers, retailers, and restaurant operators.
Growing Frederick's Future
  • MML - The annual Maryland Municipal League Conference provides forum for cities and towns across Maryland to learn about the major projects planned within the City.  Additionally, the City highlights the attractions, events, and amenities offered in Frederick.
  • City of Frederick Day in Annapolis - Each year, the City updates legislators and state leaders on select City projects and reports on the key infrastructure and growth projects underway.

City and County Economic Development partners joined together for the annual Chamber Expo in October 2015. The booth followed the Pop Up Community theme. 

The City's Economic Development Advisory Council Begins Second Year

Appointed and ex-officio members of the Ad Hoc Economic Development Advisory Council and staff stand for a photo at the September 2015 EDAC meeting.
Approximately one year ago, a newly established group, the Ad Hoc Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC), met to review plans for Frederick's economic future. Over the last year, the group focused on three specific topics to ensure The City of Frederick continues to attract private business investment, jobs, and economic opportunity. 
EDAC subcommittees addressed the following topics:
  • Land Management Code Revisions - The group evaluated the land management code and made recommendations to improve efficiency. At the September 2015 meeting, Deputy Director of Planning Joe Adkins, AICP reported that The City has retained a consultant to focus on making changes to improve the code.  The process will engage members of the community to assess current needs, and updates will be recommended to the Mayor and Board of Alderman for implementation. 
  • Business Personal Property Tax - With EDAC support, the Board of Alderman voted to eliminate Business Personal Property Tax in April 2015. Manufacturers are exempt from paying business personal property tax on new investments immediately, and the tax will be completely phased out for all businesses over a 10 year period. Learn more.
  • Small Business Tool Kit - Evaluate tools for businesses and make recommendations for additional programs to support businesses in The City of Frederick.
EDAC was tasked with providing guidance on:
  • Sound regulatory policies affecting business & industry
  • Annual economic development work program & budget
  • Business development incentives
  • Evaluation methodology to determine efficiency of economic development programs
  • Special issues/projects assigned by the Mayor & Board of Aldermen
  • Community education on economic & business development topics
For more information, review past EDAC agendas and meeting minutes