Top Economic Development News
Frederick County Office of Economic Development is bustling with new activities and opportunities as fall continues to settle in. 
 
October 4 th was National Manufacturing Day. While there has been a lot of talk in the news about the decline of manufacturing, Frederick County continues to see growth.  You can see that growth in the By the Numbers section and read more about National Manufacturing Day on our blog. 
 
Agriculture is another important contributor to our county's economy. In appreciation of our dedicated farmers, we invite you to come and celebrate Homegrown Hay Days from October 19th through October 20th. Twenty-one area farms are participating in this free, family-friendly event highlighting the importance of Frederick County agriculture. You can learn more about Homegrown Hay Days on our blog!

Finally, our first ROOT Video Pitch Competition was a stirring success! Three local businesses were recognized for their excellent video pitches. You can read more about the award winners on our blog. Don't forget that our Business Pitch Services and our Business Pitch Room are open to all Frederick County businesses. You can schedule business pitch on our website at www.discoverfrederickmd.com/pitch, or contact us at info@discoverfrederickmd.com if you have any questions. 

Sincerely,




Helen Propheter, Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
National Manufacturing Day 2019
October 4th was National Manufacturing Day. Frederick County is home to 180 advanced manufactures ranging from biopharmaceuticals to craft beverages. 
Homegrown Hay Days
Take part in hands-on, family-friendly activities like picking pumpkins, petting an alpaca and enjoying hayrides at county farms this October 19th & 20th.

Frederick County Future Minority Business Leaders Program Graduation
Frederick OED recently recognized the graduating class of the third Frederick County Future Minority Business Leaders Program. This year's theme was "Forge ahead and chase your dreams."
First ROOT Video Pitch Competition a Success! 
Last month, we highlighted our first Video Pitch Competition. The contest was a rousing success, with three businesses winning awards in the Judge's Choice and People's Choice categories.

How Manufacturers Save on Energy Costs
The Frederick County Office of Economic Development partnered recently with First Energy (First Potomac) and the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) to hold an event for our local manufacturing companies to discuss money-saving programs and resources to save on energy costs.

Main Street Maryland Program Q&A with Sophie Smith, Brunswick Main Street Manager
"I love working with the business owners. They are some of the most humble and good-hearted people I know!" said Sophie Smith, Brunswick Main Street Manager. Learn more about Sophie and the City of Brunswick in this blog.

Frederick County BAW 2019
Frederick County Office of Economic Development thanks the 116 companies that were recognized as Hometown Business Heroes during our 19th Annual Business Appreciation Week Celebration!

FREDERICK'S TOP 50 CEOs 
Charles "Chuck" Roberts, Bill Robertson, Gary L. Rollins and Scott Ryser  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.

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PROPERTY OF THE MONTH
Westview Business Park
5103 Pegasus Ct, Building D
Frederick, MD 21704
 
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Westview Business Park is a 49-acre business community located off I-70, I-270, and MD Route 85 in Frederick, MD. Nine planned buildings, comprising more than 423,000 square feet of flex space, provide businesses economical and high-utility space in a well-maintained atmosphere. The strategic location of the Center provides easy access to the central Frederick business district and the Frederick Municipal Airport, as well as quick and easy connections to the Greater Baltimore and Washington, DC market areas.
 
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BY THE NUMBERS

Manufacturing 1st Quarter 2019
  • Number of Businesses - 179 (increase of 1% since 2018, increase of 5% since 2015)
  • Number of Jobs - 5,491 (increase of 7% since 2018, increase of 8% since 2015)
  • Average Weekly Wage per Worker in Manufacturing - $1,281 (increase of 1% since 2018, increase of 3% since 2015)
  • Total Wages Paid in Manufacturing - $91,433,647 (increase of 8% since 2018, increase of 11% since 2015)



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Frederick County Office of Economic Development
301-600-1058
118 N. Market Street, Suite 300
Frederick, MD  21701
www.discoverfrederickmd.com