OED recognized the most impactful commercial real estate deals of 2019 on August 27th in its first ever virtual ceremony. The 4th annual Frederick Real Estate Dealmakers (FRED) Awards honored the most successful commercial real estate transactions and projects of 2019 - and the people who made them happen.

In a first, we had a father and son both win awards, with Jim Fitzgerald winning the Lifetime Achievement Award and Seamus Fitzgerald winning Dealmaker of the Year.  Chris Kline Jr. picked up an award for Emerging Dealmaker of the Year.  In another first, the Frederick County Division of Planning and Permitting and the Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management were awarded the Most Valuable Partner Award for Fast Track Permitting. County Executive Gardner recognized the employees for expediting projects through the development process while adhering to all established standards.

The Modern Masterpiece Award was given to The Bottling Plant for the revitalization of the Coco-Cola plant, and the Most Creative Deal was given to the now open Warehouse Cinemas.  The big award of the night, Deal of the Year, was awarded to The Kroger Co. High-Tech Customer Fulfillment Center.  This project will create 500 jobs while revitalizing a vacant distribution center while bringing robotics based eCommerce technology to the facility.  

Below you can read more about the finalists, winners and key players.  Being a finalist is a big accomplishment with all the outstanding projects we've worked on. These are the people who work tenaciously each day to make the deals that bring new businesses, additional opportunities and make Frederick County the best place in the world to do business.  

Business News
2020 FRED Awards Brochure
View the FRED Brochure and learn more about the winners, finalists and key players.
OED Introduces Troy Bolyard
There's a good chance you have already met our newest team member, but we thought it was time we formally introduced him.
Modavar Pharmaceuticals Locates to Frederick, Maryland
Modavar Pharmaceuticals is Frederick's newest life science company.
Happy Craft Beverage Week!
It's a great time to check out that new brewery, winery or distillery you've been meaning to try.  Or stop by your go-to spot and see what specials they have going on this week.
McClintock named Maryland Distillery of the Year by International Competition
This year's Maryland Distillery of the Year was awarded to McClintock, and the local operation took home several more international awards.
Manalรน Italian Restaurant makes Wine Spectator's 2020 List
The annual Wine Spectator list gives a glimpse of the best spots for connoisseurs in Maryland.
W.F. Delauter & Son, Inc. Celebrate 65 Years
W.F. Delauter & Son provides residential and commercial site development, underground utility construction, mass excavation, and fine grading services. 
Employment Opportunity: Main Street Manager
One of our local municipalities is looking for a Main Street Manager.  Do you know someone who might be the perfect fit for this opportunity in the Brunswick community?
Frederick County Minority Business Executive Development Program
In partnership with Mount St. Mary's and Hood College, OED has initiated the 2020 Frederick County Minority Business Executive Development Program.

Class of 2020 
Get to know four members of this year's class.
Ariel Rodriguez Mercado
Senior Partner in New York Life Family's Greater Washington Office

Ashleigh Kiggans
Lead Sales Associate and Vice President at MacRo Commercial Real Estate

Priscilla Myles
CEO and founder of Myles Per Grace Home Care Providers

David Brooks, MA, LCADC
Owner and Clinical Director of Brooks Behavioral Health Services, LLC

4-H FFA Sale
While the fair might be cancelled this year, Frederick County 4-H and FFA members have been raising their livestock for many months. Consider filling your freezer with fresh local meats and support local youth.  The sale begins on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd and goes until Thursday, Sept. 24th.at 6:00PM. Animals will all be sold by the head this year, not per pound like years past. The sale will include beef, swine, sheep, goat, rabbit and turkey projects. When the sale goes live you can search by species or by last name. You will be supporting a local 4-H'er who has worked relentlessly this year. They use these funds towards feed, vet bills and to purchase an animal for next year.

Virtual Resources
SBDC Webinars
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PR Frederick
Want to see the latest press releases in Frederick County? Or do you have a press release and would like us to help you get the word out? You can do both by clicking on the link to our PR Frederick page!

Information and Resources
Frederick County COVID-19 Resource Page

OED Resources and Information for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Maryland Business Express Coronavirus Information for Businesses

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