Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
October 2019
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Let me start by saying GO NATS !! The Washington Nationals are leading the World Series against the Astros 2-0. What an amazing ride it has been through the regular and post season play. A win for them is great for DC and the whole metro area. 

Most of America’s great cities are planned places with interconnected streets, mixed-uses, parks, public art, schools, museums, businesses and industry.  And Frederick is one of those places.  We’ve won the American Planning Association (APA) Great Places in America Award recognizing Frederick’s unique qualities.  Planning for the future is not something that happens once and is done. It is an ongoing effort that is as much art as it is science.  Downtown Frederick was laid out by Daniel Delaney in 1745 and today planners and developers are laying out new neighborhoods, business parks, and supporting infrastructure as Frederick is expected to grow to over 100,000 in coming years.

This issue of Frederick Business eNews is dedicated to learning about Frederick’s robust planning efforts and how Frederick businesses and residents can get involved.  Check it out and be involved in your community so we can sustain this places we call home.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
In driving around the City recently, you may have spotted a number of construction areas and public hearing notices.

Here’s an update on some of the projects that have been peaking your curiosity.
The 2020 Comprehensive Plan in currently being developed. We caught up with Joe Adkins, Director of the City’s Planning Department, to give us in the inside scoop on what that means and why it matters.
Did you know the City’s Planning Department plots all the projects currently in their review process on an online interactive map for easy public access? Explore proposed developments currently in the pipeline here.
In an effort to streamline required processes, the City of Frederick offers same-day permitting to businesses at the One-Stop Shop on every Tuesday from 8am to 11am. We interviewed with three recent business participants to learn more about the experience.
The City’s Planning Department is currently accepting requests to consider the reclassification of land use for individual properties during the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update. More information and applications can be found here.
Each month, we feature an organization that provides resources to local businesses in our ‘Partner Spotlight.’ This month the spotlight falls on the City’s Planning Department.

Here we chat with Gabrielle Collard, Manager of Current Planning, about the department’s relationship to local businesses and the assistance they can provide.
The Downtown Frederick Partnership is kicking off its 2025 strategic planning process and they want to hear from you. Please respond to this brief survey by Friday, November 1. The Partnership's strategic planning process will continue into early next year and builds on the efforts underway as a part of the 2020 Downtown Frederick Strategic Plan
Salisbury, McLister & Foley has been announced a winner of the 2019 Best of the Best Title Company in Frederick. Read on to learn more about the recognition.

The United Way of Frederick County Prosperity Center Homebuyer Program assisted six new savers in purchasing new homes; five of the six are single mothers. Learn more about the program and the new home owners.

Hood College was awarded nearly $79,000 for water quality assessments to be focused on the Catoctin Creek Watershed.

Blue Pillar and TimberRock recently partner to deliver a fully sustainable, carbon-neutral campus at the Bar-T recreational facilities. You can read about that partnership in their press release.

Does your business have news to share? Send us a press release and we'll help share that great news locally and regionally. Find out how !
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If you have a business that has opened, relocated or expanded in the last 3 months, please tell us!
Office Space - 12 W. Church Street: The Firehouse

2,596 SF of newly renovated office space available; ideal Downtown location; steps from Market Street, restaurants and amenities; convenient to City Hall, the Courthouse and other government offices. Completely renovated with elevator; outdoor courtyard for tenant use.

For more information, contact Seamus Fitzgerald with Fitzgerald Realty at 301-787-4050 or

To see more available commercial space, visit our website.
November 21, 2019
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