Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
March 2021
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The City of Frederick continues to attract, retain, and train the most talented workers in America, which in turn is helping attract top employers to our community. 

The City has a resident workforce of 40,233 and a total workforce of nearly 5 million within a 1-hour drive (JobsEQ). Sustaining and growing the talent pool in the community is broadly called “workforce development” and along with planning, placemaking, and economic development is critical for long term community stability.

The City collaborates with many partners to provide workforce development including Frederick County Workforce Development (I served on the FC Workforce Development Board), Frederick Summer Youth Works Program, Frederick Community College, Frederick County Public Schools (LINX Program), Hood College, private vocational training centers, and Maryland Employer Apprenticeship Programs.

This customized approach helps deliver trained and capable workers to businesses like manufacturing and warehouse distribution as well as to beer brewing, biotech, and banking. Most trained workers in Frederick earn family supporting wages with benefits with exceptions in certain retail and service sectors.

As Frederick population and workforce grows so do the programs used to assess, train, retrain, and place workers.  Frederick is providing cutting-edge assistance and is a model for collaboration around the region and nation. Read this issue of Business eNews to learn more about the programs and techniques used to customize training for our workforce.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
Not all careers start in a college classroom. Many Frederick employers offer opportunities for entry-level workers with no related work experience or education. Through on-the-job training, certifications, and mentorship programs, these employers offer not just a job, but also access to a fulfilling career pathway.
Frederick Community College’s workforce development programming has received support from three substantial grants— including more than $1 million in State COVID-19 relief funding. The funding from the three programs will help reduce costs for students, enhance existing coursework, and develop new workforce/certification programming. Learn more here.
Frederick Community College offers 65 short-term career training programs. These career-focused programs can be completed in less than a year and are designed to prepare individuals for direct entry into the workforce. Explore the opportunities here.
An apprenticeship program is an “earn and learn” model that is industry driven and aligned with high quality career fields. The programs combine paid work experiences with classroom instruction, and typically last between one and four years. Learn about the programs currently available through Frederick Community College here.
Some professions require an educational background that isn’t found at every college. Take a closer look at two Frederick-based private schools dedicated to facilitating specialized professional licenses and certifications for their students.
As a part of the American Job Center network, Frederick County Workforce Services links businesses in need of qualified employees with individuals seeking employment opportunities. Check out the figures & statistics from the work this critical partner is doing in our community.
New grant programs continue to be launched to provide aid to businesses struggling from the economic restrictions of COVID-19. Explore current programs and prepare for major opportunities coming soon.
Earlier this month, Gov. Hogan announced the awardees of this year’s State Revitalization Programs. Among those announced are two awards for projects sponsored by The City of Frederick. Learn more about the projects here.
Downtown Frederick Partnership has founded the Feeding Frederick's Frontline Fund through the Community Foundation of Frederick County. Learn more about DFP's efforts and partnership with CFFC.

Leading career oriented platform, iHire, recently announced two executive promotions. Find out about their efforts to keep iHire growing!

New Frederick business Virtual Staging for Realtors helps sellers receive more offers without having to bring furniture in and out of their home. Learn about his business and how virtual staging works.

COAST Designs, LLC offers Comfortable, Original, Affordable, Stylish and Timeless interior design. Join them at their grand opening on Friday April 16.

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