Top Economic Development News

Daffodils are blooming and the birds are singing - which can only mean that spring is in full swing! It's a reminder that it's a time for renewal and regeneration - something that can even be applied to business.  We're feeling a little bit of both this springtime as businesses are popping up all over Frederick County, and of course, we feel that's fitting because here in Frederick County is where "Big Ideas Grow."
First and foremost, we have big project announcement share. Kite, a Gilead Company, which  produces innovative cell therapies for people with cancer, will open its new facility in Frederick County. It not only brings cutting-edge science to the area, but also the opportunity for more jobs. 
We have updates about several new projects including sales of the Patrick Center and The Shops at Westview South, and new commercial developments on Buckeystown Pike. 
And we've included information on two stories from the business world - one about a huge donation given to Frederick County Public Schools teachers for STEM learning and the other about a meeting with Start-Up Grind Frederick.
Also let's give a round of applause to our FRED winners. We've included a list of who took home the top prizes.
As we continue full speed ahead in this season, be sure to let us know if you have any big ideas growing, too!
Happy spring!

Helen Propheter, Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Big Announcement
Kite, a Gilead Company, which is a leading innovator in cell therapies for those with cancer, will open a new facility at the Urbana Corporate Center. 

OED Recognizes 2019 FRED Award Winners
The third annual Frederick Real Estate Dealmakers (FRED) Awards, hosted by OED and FRED Champion sponsor NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, honored the most successful commercial real estate transactions and projects of 2018 - and the people who made them happen.
2019 NCI and FNLRC Technology Showcase
Reserve the afternoon of June 12, 2019 for the third annual Technology Showcase! The 2019 Technology Showcase will again highlight technologies being developed at the NCI and Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) to encourage startup company formation, technology licensing and collaborations.

Congratulations to Fornetix on their CAMI Award
Fornetix won the Best of Frederick County Award at the 2019 Maryland Cybersecurity Awards on April 11. OED was proud to sponsor this event and the award Fornetix received. 
Frederick County Best Places to Work now Accepting Nominations!
The Frederick County Best Places to Work campaign recognizes the county's most innovative, creative, and forward-thinking employers. Winners of this coveted title provide outstanding benefits, programs and perks for their employees. Nominations are being accepted the entire month of April. Save the date for the awards event happening Tuesday, July 30!

Andrea Chapdelaine, PhD.; Chris Coville, Margot Connor and Nick Damoulakis 
are the Top 50 CEOs highlighted this month. 

The 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, Company's turnover rate, Company's median salary, Number of nominations the CEO received and CEO's involvement in the community.

Total Available: 2,000-52,734sf of Office Space

This is an 81,637 SP Class A suburban building located in a prime area overlooking Interstates 70 and 270. This two-story building has 3 spaces available and contains national tenants while offering ample fiber telecom services and on-site property management.

Contact Information: Daniel Cross - Cross & Company - 301-682-9015 -




2018 Frederick County Major Employers
  • Fort Detrick - 5,924
  • Frederick County Public Schools - 5,771
  • Frederick Memorial Healthcare - 2,534
  • Leidos Biomedical Research - 2,200
  • Frederick County Government - 2,103
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - 1,541

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Maryland Women's Business Center
The Maryland Women's Business Center (MWBC) works with women entrepreneurs across the state to start, sustain, and grow their businesses. Through workshops, individual counseling, facilitated peer group support, special resources, and access to capital, MWBC annually helps more than 1,500 women gain the skills, connections, and confidence necessary to navigate entrepreneurship.

Frederick County Office of Economic Development
118 N. Market Street, Suite 300
Frederick, MD  21701