Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
July 2020
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It has been four months since the COVID 19 Emergency was declared statewide by Governor Hogan and locally by Mayor O’Connor.  After an initial shutdown period to limit virus exposure and “flatten the curve,” most businesses have reopened in one form or another and are trying hard to generate income and retain or reattract workers and remain safe. Mask wearing and social distancing are the new norm. The statewide unemployment rate for June, 2020 is 8.3 % (Frederick June data not reported yet). Despite being open, most are still struggling to generate sufficient revenue to sustain operations and to keep employees and patrons safe.  The City has worked hard to support our business community over that time through micro-grants, postponement of fee/tax payments, free downtown parking for three months, curbside pickup program, outdoor dining, and promotion of buy local retail. We are beginning to look at programs to launch in the fall/winter to continue to support the business needs.  Frederick County Public Schools and local day care providers are a crucial component of economic outlook as each contends with how to manage in-person classes and care in a COVID world.

Despite the challenges, there are many businesses and developers using this time to renovate, expand, and construct new facilities.  This issue of Business ENEWS explores many of those projects including Visitation Academy Hotel, OxFibre Brush Apartments (former Goodwill) in Downtown Frederick, as well as Warehouse Cinema, Lidl Groceries and Megamart along the Golden Mile. Frederick continues to track forward in a positive direction for post-COVID recovery and advancement.  

Hang in there and stay well !
Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
In the background of this year’s news & events, many of Frederick’s commercial projects have been steadily moving forward with impressive results. Here we’ll help catch you up on some of the projects you might have lost track of in recent months.
Warehouse Cinemas, a locally owned, premium movie theatre company is getting ready to open this Summer in the eastern part of ‘District 40.’
Explore the exciting project leading the revitalization of the former Frederick Towne Mall.
This summer, The City of Frederick launched a new “Pop Up Dining” Program to support the local economy, while also accommodating new public health & safety measures. From our residents & businesses, hear how these Pop-Up Dining spots are making an impact on the Frederick community.
Frederick County Square Shopping Center gets a new retail tenant - Global Grocer, LIDL. Operating more than 11,000 stores in 32 countries, find out more about the exciting new international grocery store here.

Frederick Community College has partnered with Shepherd University for a new accelerated MBA program. Under the agreement, FCC graduates will be in a collaborative program that will prepare them to earn early admittance to the accelerated MBA program at Shepherd.

techfrederick, a coalition of local high-tech companies, completed its second Annual Hackathon recently, yielding incredible results for some Frederick area non-profits. Learn more about their efforts.

Postern Publishing has been launched by Postern Agency owner, Emily Dorr. Catch up with Emily and her new adventures!

Does your business have news to share? Send us a press release and we'll help share that great news locally and regionally. Find out how !
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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