Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
April 2021
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This week, Visit Frederick announced the transition of leadership from the longtime director John Fieseler, my longtime colleague and friend, to outgoing Frederick Keys General Manager Dave Ziedelis.  Under John’s steady hand for the past couple of decades, Visit Frederick became one of the top tourism organizations in the region, garnering over 2 million visitors per year and generating more than $1.3 million dollars daily into the local economy. John is recognized by his peers as the top tourism director in the State and we wish him all the best as he transitions into retirement. The new director is well-known to the community and is well positioned with a great team to take tourism to the post-COVID playoffs (did you catch those baseball puns?).

As Frederick begins to emerge from the COVID pandemic with vaccinations and warm weather, there is a lot of business activity. Here at DED, we track business development opportunities through a new online interactive map and database which is available to all to use.  We work hand in glove (another baseball pun) with a robust group of commercial brokers representing land and buildings in Frederick.  Additionally, the City is considering a new concept to use its excess land resources to deliver park and recreation facilities improvements, workforce housing, and community services, along with new mixed-use development. The initiative which is called CORE – Community Opportunities for Reinvestment and Enhancement was presented to the Board of Aldermen for feedback and next steps for prioritization of projects and land are being considered. Check out more on this and other projects in this month’s issue of Business eNews.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
Our Department has launched a new online database to showcase major opportunities for future commercial growth to site selectors, businesses and developers. A brief project description, contact information, and an external link to additional information is available for each project displayed in the GoogleMap interface. Explore here.
Frederick currently has an opportunity to use the experiences and data collected during the pandemic to reimagine the Downtown Frederick public streetscape and reinforce long-term recovery and continued growth. The City and Downtown Frederick Partnership have partnered to engage a design company to develop creative options for the future.
Recognizing the positive impact a strong parks system has on our economy, we explore two exciting Parks and Recreation development projects currently under way in The City of Frederick.

Satisfy your curiosity and find out the latest about The City of Frederick's parks systems.
On March 31, 2021, the Department of Economic Development helped lead a Mayor & Board Workshop discussion on a new City development concept, CORE: Community Opportunities for Reinvestment and Enhancement. Learn more about the conversation here.
This spring, Frederick’s Annual National Cancer Institute and Frederick National Laboratory Technology Showcase was selected to receive the 2021 State and Local Economic Development Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). Read more here.
Do you have an employer that goes above & beyond for you? Show your gratitude by nominating your company as one of Frederick County's Best Places to Work.
Nominations are now open for this year's awards!
Frederick’s entrepreneurs are encouraged to explore the opportunities of two upcoming venture capital pitch competitions: Founder City Pitch Competition is open for submissions from all Maryland-based start-ups -- now through May 14, and SHE Pitch is open to all women-owned, Frederick County start-ups in the idea & growth stages – now through June 18. Get the details on our blog.
Avemco Insurance Company celebrates 60 years in business in Frederick in 2021, as the only direct writer of aircraft insurance in the United States. Congratulations, Avemco!

Speaking of anniversaries, The Delaplaine Arts Center has been bringing art, beauty, creation and education to Frederick for 35 years. Let's congratulate them!

The Frederick YMCA has opened its newest branch location, South County Family Y, in between Urbana Middle and High School. Find out all the cool things available at the Y.

Downtown Piano Works made the cover of Music Inc., a trade magazine for the music industry. You can find the article on page 26. Be sure to check it out,

Techfrederick's ASPIRE Training Program Awarded Largest Grant Funding to Date by Maryland Department of Labor. Nice work, Techfrederick!

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Congratulations to the following anniversaries and grand openings:

If you have a business that has opened, relocated, expanded or celebrated
a milestone anniversary in the last 3 months, please tell us!
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