Top Economic Development News
Summer heat and humidity may still be going strong, but a peek at the calendar shows that fall is just around the corner. As stores fill up with back-to-school supplies and students get ready to return to class, it's easy to feel re-energized and to look forward to the excitement the future brings.
Here at OED, we're spotlighting new beginnings and opportunities going on right now in our community. Pitchcraft's second annual placemaking competition is accepting entries until August 25. If you want to creatively connect Downtown Frederick to the local community, now is the time to have your ideas heard! Learn more about Pitchcraft below.
SignaGen Laboratories, an innovative and thriving company specializing in gene therapy, now calls Frederick County their home. Their research is cutting edge and they plan to take advantage of the county's highly-educated workforce. You can read the full story in this newsletter.
This month we put the spotlight on Chris Foreman, The Chamber of Commerce, and award the Best Places to Work.  We recognize them for having a common goal: making Frederick an exciting and unique area full of promise and innovation. Our future has never looked brighter!

Helen Propheter, Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Population, Job Growth, and Major Private Sector Employers
OED breaks down how Frederick County compares to the rest of the state in population and job growth. Also check out the top private sector employers in the county.
2019 Best Places to Work Awards
OED is celebrated the 2019 Best Places to Work Winners on July 30. 

Fast-growing gene therapy services and products company selects Frederick County for new home - SignaGen Laboratories
Welcome SignaGen Laboratories to their new home! SignaGen acquired their new location in July.
Frederick County Agriculture Education Grant Applications Now Open
OED partners with the Agriculture Business Council to announce the Agriculture Education Grants. Grant applications are now open through August 26, 2019.

Community Spotlight: Chris Foreman
Whether you know him by "Colekutz" or you know him simply by "Chris," Christopher Foreman is certainly making a name for himself in his hometown. 

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.

SHE Week: August 26-30, 2019
The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Committee is proud to announce the launch of S.H.E. Week, a week of events celebrating the Strength, Heart and Equality of women in Frederick County!

Two Frederick County Towns Nominated for 2019 Top Adventure Towns!
Frederick and Thurmont are both in the running for the 2019 Top Adventure Town!  The contest runs until September 23, and winners will be featured both online and in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.

Dr. Christopher Mclean, Gary Nabors, Kara Norman and Peter Oykman  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.

31 Acres Zoned for Industrial Use - Approximately 340,000 SF of Development Potential
Located adjacent to Interstate I-70 and the Frederick County Municipal Airport, this site is zoned M-1 (light Industrial). A variety of uses are permitted, including industrial and manufacturing uses, warehousing and storage and general sales or service uses. In addition, the site is located within the Airport Overlay District and the newly designated Opportunity Zone allowing investors to receive federal tax incentives. With all utilities to the site, this is a great opportunity!
Contact Information: Julian Etches or Joe Donegan - Scheer Partners -, 301-370-7252 -, 301-370-3612

Top Ten Private Sector Employers
1. Leidos Biomedical Research - 2,277
2. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - 1,400
3. NVR, Inc. - 683
4. AstraZeneca - 675
5. Costco - 639
6. United Health Care - 613
7. Lonza - 464
8. Plamondon Companies - 445
9. Thermo Fisher Scientific - 430
10. Stulz ATS - 429

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce supports its members and their business goals with practical yet inspiring programs, resources, events, and advocacy on matters of public policy that directly impact the business community. By promoting leadership, networking, and education, they create a culture of innovation and collaboration among the Frederick Business Community.

Staying on Track
August 26 @ 1:00pm
September 19 @ 5:00pm
September 20 @ 9:00am
September 25 @ 9:00am

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