Frederick has lost a pioneer leader for African American heritage here in Frederick with the recent death of David Key – the longtime President of AARCH – African American Resource and Cultural Heritage. I was proud to call David a friend and colleague, and feel fortunate for his tireless work to bring the rich Frederick African American story to life through a future cultural center and museum here in a building provided by the City. We have all learned from David the lessons of hard work, perseverance and humility– but mostly we learned about his life and the live’s of countless other African-Americans who helped build this City we call home. I am confident that David’s spirit will be with the AARCH team as they bring this incredible vision to life and will help continue to be a light for peace, respect, and equity in our community. The City stands ready to help make his vision a reality.
In this issue of Frederick Business eNews, we are focused on Frederick’s life science industry including an overview of biotech companies, workforce, and industry growth. Frederick has nearly 40 biotech or related companies and many more just outside city limits. From AstraZeneca to the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and dozens of smaller businesses, Frederick has become a hub for life science research, development, and manufacturing. Frederick’s own tech incubator/accelerator FITCI has contributed sizably to the startup businesses which have continued to grow in the community creating jobs and tax base. Learn more by checking out the articles below.