Top Economic Development News
As 2019 comes to an end, we celebrate Good Vibes in Frederick County with over 104,000 jobs, a low unemployment rate of 3.1% and more than $176 million of commercial and industrial construction.  Our Annual Business Reception was a great way to wrap up the year and thank all of the new, expanding and existing businesses that make Frederick County a great place to live, work and raise a family.

OED has been restructured to better serve our business community and align with our GO Strategy.  With the promotion of Jodie Bollinger and the addition of Beth Woodring and Solash Aviles-Montanez, we look forward to 2020. In this newsletter, read our final recap of the Top 50 CEOs as we prepare to announce the Top 50 Best Workplaces. Additionally, we highlight the top stories of 2019. Read all of this and more below.

Good Vibes describes the unique and intangible feeling that our community has. This feeling is created by our hard working businesses and partners that are out there every day creating a sense of place to go along with a thriving economy.  

As we look back on 2019, we also look forward to a new decade. We have exciting announcements and events planned for 2020, and we can't wait to share them with you. We wish you Happy Holidays! See you next year!


Helen Propheter, Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development

Good Vibes in Frederick County
Good Vibes in Frederick County

Good Vibes in Frederick County
OED held its Annual Business Reception to celebrate Good Vibes in Frederick County.  
Beth Woodring Joins OED
Learn more about OED's new Director of Business Attraction and Marketing.

Solash Aviles-Montanez Joins OED
Learn more about OED's new Senior Business Development Manager.

Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley eCommerce Celebrates Grand Opening
On December 5th, this major employer celebrated the grand opening of their eCommerce facility on English Muffin Way for
Main Street Program Q&A, Town of New Market
Learn more about Maryland's newest Main Street Community and the team that leads it.
Matt Doyle Graduates from Leadership Maryland
Congrats to our very own Matt Doyle, who is now officially a Leadership Maryland graduate!
Business Spotlight: Gateway Candyland
This sweet destination in Thurmont, Maryland is busy stocking up on all of your favorite Christmas treats.   
Top Stories of 2019
What were the top stories of 2019?  Click the link below to find out!
New Land Management Software System
Frederick County Division of Planning and Permitting has gone green!  Click the link below to find out more about the new public portal.

David Stone, Melissa Torres, James "Jim" Warfield, Tom Willie and Bruce Zavos  are the Top 50 CEOs highlighted this month. 
The Frederick County Top 50 CEO list includes criteria based on the CEO's individual responses on the following: Strategic leadership concepts, significant growth under his or her leadership, number of employees, tenure, the company's turnover rate, the company's median salary, the number of nominations the CEO received and the CEO's involvement in the community.

COMING 2020! 
OED received 132 nominations for the Top 50 Best Workplaces.  Find out who made the cut next month!
Christmas is just around the corner!  If you still need to decorate, it's not too late.  Frederick County Christmas tree farmers are ready to help you find the perfect tree.

Located on Spectrum Drive, this is Jared's first location in Frederick and 10th location in Maryland.  Jared is a full service jewelry destination, and the Frederick store is a collaboration with, the largest online diamond and bridal jewelry retailer in the world.  The new location is 4,245 SF and employs about a dozen people.
Property of the Month
7 & 9 Water Street 
Thurmont, MD 21788
Lot Size 0.08 Acres
Sold as One Property
Restrooms: 2
Water: Public
Sewer: Public
Zoning: Commercial
Year Built: 1950

Location, location location!!! Located in downtown Thurmont just off of the square with high traffic county and free municipal parking area.  Two separate brick commercial properties with open floor plan.  7 Water street currently is rented on flex lease occupied by a barber shop.  9 Water Street was last occupied by long time business and well known Brown's Jewelry.  Currently vacant and ready for its next business owner.  Featuring new heat pump furnace, flexible floor plan with lighted show cases and front window display areas.  Also has separate office and storage areas along with full basement.  Excellent opportunity for any business!

Contact Information: 
Rich Shank, Shank & Associates Realty LLC

Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) at FCC
OED guest blogger, Patricia Meyer, discusses programs offered through FCC's Continuing Education & Workforce Development division.

Minority Business Vision Holiday Networking
December 19 @ 5:00pm
SBDC Building Blocks of IP + Betterfin
January 10 @ 10:00am
SBDC Fast Track Cash Strategies for Small Businesses
January 15 @ 10:00am
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
118 N. Market Street, Suite 300
Frederick, MD  21701