Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
August 2020
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Frederick’s workforce and business community is one of the best in the nation, but both continue to suffer due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Our local unemployment rates are tracking at or below state and national averages with the June 2020 unemployment rate at 7.6% (8.4% City) compared to 8.3% statewide and 11.1% nationally (DLLR). Businesses are safely operating through remote work and/or reduced occupancy/hours. Slowly businesses are expanding operations and rehiring workers. But issues of economic forecasts, worker health, housing, and childcare continue to be a challenge.  The City has provided rental assistance to help Frederick families stay in their homes, has helped ensure that critical resident needs are being provided through non-profit assistance grants, and has provided business micro-grants to help businesses cover rent and utility expenses. As schools head back into session on August 31st, one of the critical issues for working Frederick families is childcare. Frederick County has launched a major child care initiative with $2.0 million in grants for childcare providers to ensure sufficient options for residents. 

In the meantime, there is much positive business activity to report in the community including Frederick Best Places To Work Awards, Food Truck Operations expansion, runway and taxiway expansion at Frederick Municipal Airport and numerous business openings. The City has a rich cultural business community and is seeking to strengthen its policies relating to minority and women-owned business participation in City procurement. As a first step, the city is conducting a Disparity Study to understand how Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s) are faring in terms of city contracting. 

Frederick has stabilized and has begun the recovery process. 

Hang in there !  
Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
Despite the pandemic-related set-backs to the US job market, there are still many local companies that continue to steadily grow and seek new talent. Hear from nine Frederick-based human resource professionals representing companies currently looking to fill ten or more positions.
City Invites Public Participation in Disparity Study II
The City of Frederick has commissioned a Disparity Study to determine if there is equity in City contracting. As part of the study, two community engagement meetings will be held virtually to collect public testimony as it relates to municipal procurement.

Learn more and register to provide your feedback here.  
Earlier this month, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance designed to support the local food truck industry -- which has been hit hard by the festival & event cancellations of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance temporarily expands the times of operation and permitted locations of mobile food units across the City. Find out what that means on our blog!
Each year, the Frederick County Best Places to Work Awards recognizes the local employers that make our community so special. Congratulations to this year's winners: Datakwip, Frederick Mutual Insurance, VaLogic LLC, The Emmes Company, and FCPS.

Enjoy a special awards video featuring each organization's story here.
Registration Open for 2020 Technology Showcase
The 2020 Technology Showcase is going virtual! Registration is now open for the September 9th, 2020 Technology Showcase. The 4th annual event will highlight technologies being developed at the NCI and the FNL to encourage technology licensing and collaborations, startup company formation and the translation of NCI discoveries into solutions to benefit patients. 
This year the Downtown Frederick Partnership turns 30 years old! In fitting celebration, we look back at 30 amazing projects that the Partnership has helped bring to Frederick over the years.
Great Frederick Scavenger Hunt
Want to make history by being a part of the first "Great Frederick Scavenger Hunt", Sept 5th – Sept 12/) - a city-wide, multi-day, socially-distanced entertainment experience brought to you by Celebrate Frederick and Surelocked In Escape Games? All interested City businesses are invited to join the fun. Contact Chris Sparks HERE for more information!
I Believe in Me, Inc. continues critical food drop services after 15 weeks of serving those most impacted in Frederick County by COVID-19. Learn more about their efforts here!

Frederick bioscience company, BioFactura, was recently awarded a $1 Million SBIR contract for development of a marburg virus therapeutic. The government contract for the development of a novel Marburg virus therapeutic countermeasure is the result of continued efforts to create highly effective therapeutics that can be deployed in the event of a biological threat.

Audio-Video Group is now offering no-contact temperature scanning technology using infrared sensors to alert the person to a high temperature in one second. Follow the story here.

Frederick Community College announcing the 2020 President's Business Appreciation Award Recipients. Enjoy the winners stories and share their good news!

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Congratulations to the following anniversaries and grand openings:



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