Top Economic Development News
With summer at its peak, July brings tourism and travel. Vacations are a time to relax with family and friends, seek adventure, and find sources of rejuvenation. Maybe you can't get away this month, or you're choosing not to. This newsletter highlights some local opportunities, both business and personal, so you can stay close to home while you unwind.
Have you ever been to Downtown Frederick and thought of an idea that would better connect the people and places of our community? Pitchcraft is back for its second year and it would be a great way to refine your idea and pitch it to the correct audience. This friendly competition is all about bringing creatives from all backgrounds together to reimagine and reinvent public spaces. Find out more about Pitchcraft below!
July is also National Ice Cream Month and what better way to celebrate than with some local homemade ice cream. You don't have to venture far to find this delicious treat as there are multiple creameries located around the county. See the list in our blog below.
So we challenge you this month to look local and discover what could be right in your backyard. You'll never know what you'll find, or what ideas are sparked from a little adventure.

Helen Propheter, Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Pitchcraft 2019 Applications Are Open!
Pitchcraft 2019, Downtown Frederick's second annual placemaking competition, invites creative people from every background, profession and city to pitch an idea that, if physically implemented in Downtown Frederick, will better connect the people and places of our community. Pitches must be received by August 25, 2019.

National Ice Cream Month, Frederick County Style
There is no better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month than with a cone of ice cream straight from Frederick County farms.
OED Welcomes Amanda Lee to the Team
OED is excited to welcome Amanda Lee to the team as our Business Development Analyst.

Frederick's Top 50 Best Workplaces - Nominate Today!
The Frederick County Office of Economic Development is seeking nominations for the top 50 Best Workplaces in Frederick County.
This prestigious list is the third edition of Top 50 Frederick and will be featured in a stand-alone publication in partnership with Frederick Magazine.
Please contact Amanda at for more information.
Mike James, Tom Kleinhanzl, Marty Lapera and Doug Leidig  are the Top 50 CEOs highlighted this month. 

Will update this with an updated blog. 
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.

Anchored by CVS, this 34,095sf retail shopping center is located in a growing residential area. Thurmont is located in the northern part of Frederick County and is approximately ten miles from the Pennsylvania border, along U.S. Highway 15. This retail opportunity offers 1,200sf - 8,500sf available for lease. Thurmont is known for Catoctin Colorfest, and annual arts and crafts festival that draws in about 125,000 people each year.
Contact Information: Randall Pearre - Hogan Companies - - 410-266-5100 x129  

Top 10 Employers
  1. Fort Detrick - 10,078
  2. Frederick County Board of Education - 5,863
  3. Frederick Memorial Healthcare System - 2,618
  4. Leidos Biomedical (formerly SAIC-Frederick) - 2,277
  5. Frederick County Government - 2,175
  6. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - 1,400
  7. Frederick Community College - 1,115
  8. Frederick City Government - 931
  9. NVR, Inc. - 683
  10. AstraZeneca - 675

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Maryland Women's Business Center
The Maryland Women's Business Center (MWBC) works with women entrepreneurs across the state by way of our three locations 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. Men are also welcome at workshops and training sessions.
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
118 N. Market Street, Suite 300
Frederick, MD  21701