Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
March 2019
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In a time of increasing demands on transportation, energy, water, and human capital - Frederick is working hard to be smart, sustainable, and resilient. We are working to create an enduring and balanced city for existing and future populations, including for particularly vulnerable groups. For our city to prosper, we are partnering with residents and businesses to prevent, withstand, and recover from major disruptions due to economic downturns, industry shifts, natural or human caused disasters, and climate change. The City has focused on purchasing green power, providing tax credits for redeveloping existing buildings and for developing new green LEED certified buildings, planting trees, managing storm-water, and making Frederick pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Frederick is seeking to be an urban leader in family-supporting jobs, affordable workforce housing, convenient transit, and energy efficiency. 

This issue of the Business in Frederick E-News highlights efforts here in Frederick to grow smart, green, and resilient. Learn about Fredericks’s Sustainability Manager Jenny Willoughby and programs available for energy conservation assistance, commercial solar panel installations on Frederick businesses, tech energy management startups, locally sourced food products and more. April is Water Conservation Month and Frederick is joining cities across the country to encourage water customers to conserve and reduce pollution. 

Best,
Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
Interested in pursuing environmentally-friendly initiatives in your business, but worried about the cost? Going green doesn’t need to mean your account will be in the red. In addition to the savings to your energy bills, the City, County, State and our partners offer a number of programs to encourage sustainable initiatives. Read on to learn more about some of these programs.
Sustainability is the process of maintaining change in a balanced environment. This proactive strategic planning is fundamental to any business with plans of longevity.
In recent years, we have seen more and more businesses incorporate energy-saving and recycling goals into their sustainability models.
Check out these five local companies that are leading environmentally-conscious initiatives -- to the benefit of both company & community.
Earlier this month, Common Market, a community-owned organic and natural foods grocery store, announced its purchase of the former Safeway location on W. 7th Street. We caught up with General Manager Bob Thompson and Troy Sexton, the Category & Advertising Manager, to chat about the new location and their vision for it as a model of sustainability.
During a recent workshop, the City of Frederick’s Sustainability Department presented its annual report - reviewing the municipality’s environmental initiatives of 2018.
Check out the 2018 highlights here.

For more information on current sustainability initiatives within the City of Frederick, explore here.
We chatted with The City's Sustainability manager, Jenny Willoughby. Besides learning that she doesn’t like to take herself too seriously, you’ll recognize she has a strong passion for her job and the positive impact her role makes on our community.

Read more about Jenny and what her position at The City is trying to achieve.
Join in this annual celebration of a fun, healthy, & environmentally-friendly way to commute. The May 17th event will feature a free community ride through Downtown Frederick with t-shirts & refreshments. Registration is now open:  www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.

Check out last year’s ride here.
Mayor Michael O'Connor joins mayors across the country in encouraging water customers to conserve, reduce pollution and enter for prizes by taking the "My Water Pledge" during the month of April.
"Water conservation will always be on our minds, and it is an integral part of Frederick's sustainability goals", shares O'Connor.
To learn more and take part in the challenge, visit www.mywaterpledge.com. To read the entire press release, click here.
Interested in owning a business but don't know where to go from there? Explore the unique experience of owning a franchise at our upcoming informational event, featuring a panel of local franchise owners. Learn what it really takes to be a successful franchise owner, understand the rewards & challenges, and survey the various models. Benefit from the advice of those who are there now, and determine if owning a franchise is a fit for you.

Register for the event here.
Awards & Atta-Boys
Recylces Bikes opens in Frederick, specializing in refurbished bikes. His goal is to allow anyone to have and maintain a quality bike without breaking the bank.

Common Market has announced it's plans for a 2nd location closer to Downtown Frederick in the former Safeway grocery store location on 7th Street. Read all about their plans!

Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County has announced their Inaugural Frederick Women Build Week.

Immersion Active has been awarded with a 2018 Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award competition.


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District Arts - 15 N. Market Street
Lil Irish Too - 143 N. Market Street
Affiliated Barber - 500 N. Market Street
Genesis Treatment Center - 1160 W. Patrick Street
Wagsmore Adopt & Shop - 450 Prospect Boulevard


Available Commercial Space
Industrial/Flex Space - 45 Thomas Johnson Drive -Patriot Professional Center

2,010 SF of  Office/Medical Space  available. Surface parking. 2 story office building is located on the corner of Thomas Johnson Drive and Hayward Road, less than ¼ mile from Rt. 15. Both floors have at-grade entrance, as well as elevator and stair access. 
For more information, contact Adrian Dominguez with  Gittleson Zuppas  at 703-856-0952


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