Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
January 2022
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One of the best ways to gauge the confidence of local business owners about the state of the economy and future economic opportunity is to observe their decisions about facility and workforce reinvestment, expansions, and new openings.  In this issue of Frederick Business eNews, we explore examples of those local trends including major renovations and investments at eight businesses across the City representing a wide diversity of industries. Together these projects represent an enormous investment in Frederick’s economic future.  For example, long-time Downtown Frederick anchor Colonial Jewelers has placed its bet on full economic recovery and growth by completely updating its entire retail center on the Square Corner. In other examples, Minuteman Press has purchased a new building for expansion, Ramar Moving is embarking on a major renovation, and The Beauty Company has relocated and expanded. Regular business visits by the DED team to these and others, reveal strong business confidence in community resilience, recovery, and growth. Check out these stories and more and let us know what your business is doing to prepare for the future.

Hang in there and stay well.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
Just as we celebrate new businesses opening their doors, it is equally exciting to see existing business choose to reinvest in Frederick! This month, we are featuring eight local businesses that have expanded or have made significant renovations at their Frederick facilities recently. These projects demonstrate each company’s strong continued commitment to their workforce, customers, and community.
Last July, the City’s GROW Grant program guidelines were updated to provide opportunities to a wider range of businesses. Since the program’s refresh, two businesses — ODIN Crossfit and Gravel & Grind — have been able to take advantage of the program, and a third project in process. Read more about these recent grant awards here.
Last month, Governor Hogan announced new awardees for the State Revitalization Programs administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Among those projects funded were three within The City of Frederick. Learn more here.
Did you make exterior improvements to a property located within Frederick's Historic District in 2021? You may be eligible for tax credits!

Check out the program details in this blog!
Thanks for another great year, Frederick! From business expansions, awards and grand openings to policy changes, milestones and events… join us as we take a look back at some of the highlights & major events in economic development from 2021 here.
Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) has launched a brand new website for all-things manufacturing in Frederick. "" is a one-stop shop for anyone interested in exploring the local industry, and features a business directory, an original video series, helpful resources, local job postings, upcoming events, and more!
You may have already seen a few of the new Downtown Ambassadors working and greeting people, but in case you haven't, read on to learn about the new program launched by Downtown Frederick Partnership! Say hello to the ambassadors when you see them!

ETI Precision recently received the 2021 Hire Vets Medallion Award Program which recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans. Electrical Test Instruments (ETI) Precision earned the platinum award for two consecutive years as a small employer.

Techfrederick and the LYNX Program recently partnered to to offer its second Day of Tech exploratory experience at Frederick High School on December 10th, to inspire a strong, more diverse, intentional pipeline of tech talent in Frederick.

Last month, the State of Maryland, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), awarded $550,000 for Revitalization Projects in The City of Frederick. Find out more about that award and the projects in The City.

Emily Dorr, owner and creative director of Postern, was recently named 2021 Tourism Advocate by the Maryland Tourism Coalition. Way to go, Emily!

FoodPro's own, Presidient Scott Brunk, received the Seven Seals Award. The Seven Seals Award is presented to employers that exhibit additional leadership and initiative to support its employees who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.

Frederick Arts Council was recently awarded $200,000 by the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development to help assist with improvements to their award winning Skystage performance location.

Frederick based AlphaBravo was recently awarded a Phase I SBIR for Cybersecurity by the Department of Energy. Find out what that award and the work AlpaBravo is doing is all about.

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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!
February 9, 2022
February 16, 2022
February 17, 2022
February 23, 2022
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