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Frederick County has such a thriving business community. During this holiday season, I encourage you to support our local merchants and buy locally. Frederick County businesses offer a broad range of gifts including home d├ęcor items, antiques, jewelry, electronics, recreational and sporting goods, great foods, craft beverages and clothing, along with many other specialized and unique offerings.

For local gift-giving ideas, I encourage you to contact our office for the Shop Downtown Frederick County and Homegrown Frederick brochures.  Our Homegrown Frederick website offers all those locally grown products from our farms - Christmas trees and other plants for your holiday decorating needs, food and baked goods, and of course our wineries, distilleries and breweries selections for entertaining and gift-giving. Additionally, you may want to visit the Tourism Council of Frederick County for shopping and dining suggestions and to find out about festive holiday events.

Our Main Streets provide a great opportunity to walk down beautiful streets and shop at stores only located in Brunswick, Frederick, Middletown and Thurmont. And after an exhilarating day of shopping at some of the hundreds of retailers in any of our downtowns, I encourage you to dine at some of the many outstanding restaurants throughout Frederick County.

Thank you for supporting our local economy. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!


Helen Propheter, Director
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Frederick County Impact Fee Study Results Announced

The County's annual Impact Fee Study is complete and was presented to the County Council on December 12th. Review a copy of the draft report here

Cut Your Own Frederick County Christmas Tree
Fresh-cut Christmas trees are environmentally-friendly and help support our local farmers.There are seven Frederick County Christmas tree farms to choose from.   Learn More

Heather Gramm Graduates from Leadership Maryland

OED's assistant director has completed the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland.  Learn More 

Holiday Shopping in Downtown Frederick
Guest blogger Leeann Dickerson from the Downtown Frederick Partnership explains why the holidays are a magical time in Downtown Frederick.  Read the Story

What are your transportation priorities for Maryland? Your input is needed to help shape the 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan.  Take the Survey

Emmes Corporation
The Washington Business Journal named Emmes Corp as one of the top women-owned businesses in the Washington metro area and Top 100 private companies.
e-End, a women-owned data destruction company with a secure facility, was recently selected to destroy hundreds weapons for a Washington-area law enforcement agency.
Worman's Mill Village Center, 1 Mill Pond Rd, Frederic k, MD 21701

This resort-style, mixed-use development is located in the vibrant 
N orthern Corridor of Frederick, and within a mile from Wegmans and Clemson Corner. The award-winnin g  Worman's Mill Planned Neighborhood Development provides upscale amenities with an emphasis on fine living and wellness. Spaces are available from 900 - 4,950 square feet of ground floor
 retail, which includes restaurants, shops, a bank, a salon, medical offices, and more with 171 high-end residential apartments.
Immediately available - 27,340 SF of ground floor retail.
Contact Information:  Turning Point Real Estate - Rose Creasey, 240-439-9147 -; Charles Seymour, 240-436-6040 ,  
  • Unemployment rate  (Oct) - 3.4 % compared to MD rate of 3.8% and U.S. rate of 4.1%
  • Commercial & Industrial Costs (YTD) - $205.4M compared to $135.5M this time last year
  • Per Capita Personal Income (2011-2015) - $37,449, greater than MD's Per Capital Personal Income of $36,897 which is ranked #1 among the states in increase from 2015-2016.
Katie Albaugh
Katie is OED's Agriculture Industry Champion.

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