Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
February 2020
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Infrastructure development is one part of a successful multi-prong approach that Frederick is taking to improve quality of life for our residents and to cultivate business investment and job growth.  Other aspects of that approach focus on workforce development programs, business retention/expansion/attraction, workforce housing, and placemaking. This issue of Business In Frederick eNews looks at some of the ongoing infrastructure projects in which the City and its partners have endorsed and are investing.

Road infrastructure has been in the national, regional, and local media spotlight a lot lately partly due to recently announced projects by Maryland DOT to upgrade capacity on I-270 and to study improvements along US15 through the City of Frederick. These state sponsored projects have included the possibility of “Bus on Shoulders” and/or Monorail connecting Frederick to our sister cities, Gaithersburg and Rockville.   Improved transportation options in Frederick and between jurisdictions improves the quality of life for residents, workers, and visitors by reducing lost time due to traffic congestion. 

We are also excited about increased summer youth work opportunities due to a collaboration between the City DED and Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS) through the highly successful Summer YouthWORKS Program.  Read more about this opportunity for Frederick youth and businesses to step up and participate.

Also, please take time to review information and recommendations from the Frederick County Health Department below on the best practices to avoid the Coronavirus in the workplace as this is important and timely.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
The CDC has issued guidance for employers in response to questions about how to be prepared for the potential of the spread of the novel coronaries infection. The guidance recommends good practices that ideally would be occurring year-round and not just during cold and flu season or when a new respiratory virus is circulating among humans. The pertinent information can be found here.
The City of Frederick is continually committed to ensuring public facilities & services -- from roads & utilities to parks & recreation -- are consistent with local residential, commercial, and industrial needs in order to promote sustainable growth and a maintain a premier quality of life.
Explore significant projects underway here.
The State of Maryland is actively exploring significant infrastructure improvements focused on transforming I-270 to reduce traffic congestion, support goals of conservation, promote economic development, and enhance quality of life for State residents. Learn more about the options being considered here.
In the age of modern technology, high-speed internet access has become as critical factor for competitive businesses. The City of Frederick’s fiber infrastructure has benefited from the substantial investment of multiple providers in the past years. Read more here.
Earlier this month, Frederick Health Hospital received approval from the city’s Planning Commission to move forward with plans for a nearly 40,000-square-foot addition designed to increase capacity in the emergency department, intensive care unit and cardiac catheterization lab. Construction is slated to begin in June.
Learn more here.
As the City strategically expands its shared-use path infrastructure, bicycling in Frederick is becoming more than just an opportunity for recreation, but now a viable means of transportation for local residents & employees as well. This month our partner spotlight shines on the voice of the growing local cyclist community: the Frederick Bike Coalition.
The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development has worked to expand the program designed to help local youth gain work experience over the summer. The program covers wages & insurance costs for employers to help open meaningful employment to Frederick County Youth who face barriers to employment.
Interested in participating as a worker or an employer? Learn more here!
iHire celebrated their 20th business anniversary celebrating two decades of connecting employers with qualified job seekers. Find out more about iHire and their history.

YMCA of Frederick County recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of construction on the new South County Family YMCA. Read the entire story here.

Frederick-based Datakwip was awarded first place in an investor pitch competition held in California. Learn about Datakwip and their recognition.

Amy Pontius has been appointed Executive Director for non-profit techfrederick. techfrederick is dedicated to highlighting, supporting and developing Frederick’s tech community.

Bates Architects LLC announced Ben Bates and Jennifer Litchfield have been added as Partners and promoted to Vice President. Share in their great news!

Jon-Mikel Bailey has joined Wellspring Search as the Chief Development & Marketing Officer. Bailey is the co-founder and former president of Wood Street, Inc. Read the entire story here.

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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!
Industrial Warehouse Space - 200 Monroe Avenue

M1(Light Industrial) zoning, this space is ideal for warehouse, breweries & distilleries, light distribution, building supply, kitchen & bath, furniture and other uses with showroom potential. 

This is the Best Value in the Market with a recently refreshed interior, including upgraded high-efficiency LED lighting and new paint. Private parking on a paved lot with five (5) loading docks. It is in a prime location, with easy access to Interstates 70 & 270, Route 15 and Monocacy Boulevard.  

Contact Seamus Fitzgerald at (301) 698-1080 or
Friday March 6, 2020
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