Top Economic Development News
The holiday season is in full swing as Thanksgiving and the shopping season approaches. At Frederick County Office of Economic Development, our team is preparing for the holidays by working with local businesses to organize Small Business Saturday and working with our farming community to focus on buying local turkeys and veggies for Thanksgiving.

We have been busy finalizing Frederick County's Top 50 Best Workplaces in partnership with Frederick Magazine.  The results will be published alongside January's edition, and we can't wait for you to see all of the exciting things Frederick County businesses are doing for their workforce.  

Below you will read more about how OED is changing to better align ourselves with the business community, our recent CEO networking event, and learn more about Kara Norman and her work with Downtown Frederick Partnership.  Follow the link below to read the recently released report on visitor spending, and learn more about Hometown Business Hero, The Boulder Yard.

This is the season to give thanks, and OED would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our businesses and partners for all that ways they contribute to our community throughout the year.  


Helen Propheter, Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Jodie Bollinger Promoted to Director of Business Retention and Expansion
On November 11th, Jodie Bollinger was promoted to Director of Business Retention and Expansion.  "Jodie has the unique ability to provide a historical understanding of economic development and Frederick County's business community while continuing to bring new and creative ideas to each task she has lead," said Helen Propheter.
Shop Small on Small Business Saturday!
November 30th get all of your holiday shopping crossed off your list, support local businesses, and enjoy what each of Frederick County's Main Street Communities has to offer.

CEOConnect Event Brings Regional Business Leaders to Frederick County
This summer, Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) teamed up with partners from the City of Frederick's Department of Economic Development (DED) and Nick Damoulakis of Orases to welcome 45 CEOs from the region to Frederick.
Buy a Local Turkey This Thanksgiving
Frederick County leads the state in the number of turkey farms.  Find out where to purchase local, fresh, high-quality turkeys for your holiday meal. 

Business Spotlight: The Boulder Yard
One of Frederick's Hometown Business Heroes, The Boulder Yard is an indoor rock climbing gym specializing in boulder-style rock climbing for people of all ages and skill levels.
Main Street Program Q&A with Kara Norman, Executive Director of Downtown Frederick Partnership
Kara Norman talks about the work of the Downtown Frederick Partnership and her most challenging and rewarding moments on the job.
Visitor Spending in Frederick County Increases
Spending by visitors to Frederick County rose from $410.1 million in 2017 to $428.3 million in 2018 according to annual report,  The Economic Impact of Tourism in Maryland .
Darryl Sampey, Ph.D., Steve Schmidt, Lonnie Spires and David Staz 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! 
Stay tuned, and find out in January which three companies are a triple threat, making it in all 3 Top 50 publications! 
DATAKWIP: A Company Grown in Frederick
On November 13th, energy software platform Datakwip celebrated the company's grand opening at its new location on Aviation Way in Frederick. 
Construction continues in Urbana as Kite Pharma is still set to begin production in 2021.
Properties of the Month
30-36 West Potomac Street Brunswick, MD 21716
Brunswick, MD 21716
$399,000 - Reduced Price!
8112 Sq Ft (lot size 4356)
2 Floors+ Basement
1 Bath
Water: Public
Sewer: Public
Zoned: B2

Built in 1910, this 3 story unit can be used as retail or office space. Sitting on a .11 AC lot, the "Newberry Building" consists of a 45 foot window-line located in the center of Brunswick's main street. The basement of this building can be used as a storage area and is stocked with shelving units. The second story, which formerly housed five apartments, has a separate entrance and the potential to be easily converted into an office space. Currently classified as a retail use. The main floor of the Newberry Building has been gutted and is ready for a new customized floor plan.

Picture it: The large storage capacity, central location, natural lighting would be perfect for an outdoor recreation retail store.  Brunswick's demand for more outdoor recreation stores and health and wellness centers would make this an ideal location. 
Contact Information: 
Rusty McCabe, Avison Young
The Village Center at Worman's Mill
1 Mill Pond Road
Frederick, MD

Available for Lease - 3,180 Sf of Restaurant Space and 12.704 Ground Floor Retail

A total of 3,180sf of restaurant space and 12,704sf of ground floor retail (Suite sizes range from 990sf to 3,218sf) are available at the Village Center at Worman's Mill.  This resort-style, mixed-use development is located in the vibrant Northern Corridor of Frederick, and within a mile from Wegmans and Clemson Corner. The award-winning Worman's Mill Planned Neighborhood Development provides upscale amenities with an emphasis on fine living and wellness.   Becoming a tenant at The Village Center at Worman's Mill allows you to become part of this dynamic area of Frederick, already a magnet for people attracted by the charming village atmosphere, walkable streetscape and adjacent green space.  

For more information on the Village Center at Worman's Mill, please contact Turning Point Real Estate:

Rose Creasey, Commercial Sales and Leasing | 240 439 9147 |
Charles Seymour, Principal | 240 436 6040 |


National Aviation History Month
Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK)
  • April 17, 1946 FDK Opens
  • 3rd Busiest Airport in Maryland
  • 1,128 Jobs
  • $101M Business Revenue
  • $37M Local Purchases
  • $15M State and Local Taxes
  • 72,562 Aircraft Operations Annually
  • 196 Based Aircraft
  • 300+ Businesses Serviced Annually
  • 5,200' x 100' Runway (5,820' by 2020)
  • 3,600' x 75' Runway

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC has been around since 1988 and has over 800 centers around the nation with 20 here in Maryland.  With a mission to nurture and support entrepreneurship and small business growth, Robert Bower is Frederick County's SBDC counselor.

FITCI's Startup-U: Beyond the Pitch
November 21 @ 10:00am
Mount St. Mary's Intro to Adobe Photoshop
November 21-22
Small Business Saturday
November 30
ROOT's Writing a Successful Business Plan
December 2 @ 1:00pm
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
118 N. Market Street, Suite 300
Frederick, MD  21701