Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
October 2020
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The resounding call as we head into this COVID winter is “resilience”.  The definition of resilience is “the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Clearly Frederick residents and businesses are adapting to online learning and work, masks, hand sanitizers, and social distancing. Approximately 53% of households in the Capital Region have one or more family members working remotely from home – the highest rate in the nation.  Despite the challenges, our incredible community spirit is shining through as neighbors help neighbors and as businesses pivot to retain employees and sustain operations. Many have donated goods, time, and energy to helping others. Frederick’s non-profits are doing more with less as physical and mental health issues take their toll on residents and workforce.

Since March, my team has visited dozens of businesses as the City has processed business and non-profit assistance grants, outdoor dining agreements on public and private land, implemented the curbside pickup program, and more. The resilience and innovation is simply unsurpassed. Unemployment has dropped from over 9% to less than 6%.  New businesses are opening and existing ones are adapting.  Please support your local businesses. Their livelihood and that of many of your neighbors who are employed locally depends on it. Together we can make it through and be better and stronger for the struggle.  There are lots of positive things occurring in Frederick and we are poised for strong post-COVID recovery. Read on in this month’s Business eNews to see what’s happening locally.

Be Safe and Carry On.
Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
Nearly fifteen years after its dedication, the Carroll Creek Linear Park continues to attract visitors, businesses, investment, and notoriety to the City. Here we take a look at some of the most recent & exciting news from the Creek.
After many years of planning and construction, the runway extension project at FDK is now complete -- bringing the length of Runway 5-23 to 5819'. The new length improves the safety margins for all local aircraft and will accommodate increased fuel & passenger loads for larger jets flying in and out of Frederick, MD. Learn about the project here.
Recognizing that the food industry has been hit particularly hard by current restrictions, here we highlight local initiatives for restaurants (and patrons) to take advantage of – including the extension of the Pop-Up Dining program City-wide.
Experience Frederick Internship Program
Frederick County Workforce Services has launched a new talent development opportunity for local life science companies. The program features up to 4 months of wage reimbursement for companies offering internship experiences to college students majoring in a related field. Learn more and apply online.
Be a Part of the Magic!
The holidays are just around the corner and the Downtown Frederick Partnership is inviting all local businesses to support a community-loved tradition. The Partnership is seeking businesses & individuals that are interested in sponsoring one of the 150+ trees to be wrapped in holiday lights. Sponsor names will be displayed on a tree November 2020 – March 2021. Learn more here:
Biofactura was recently granted new US and European patents for its Stablefast Biomanufacturing Platform. Learn what that means in their recent press release.

Local design and PR firm, Postern has been awarded a GDUSA Health & Wellness Award for their design of a health publication, Beyond Blue. Read more about Postern and their award.

McClintock Distilling has won another award - this one for the Best Vodka Distillery in the Country by USA Today. They've been awarded more than 50 awards since opening! Find out about McClintock and their recent achievement.

Recent news shared by the Frederick Arts Council states that the Frederick-Gaithersburg-Rockville area was ranked as the 9th most Arts Vibrant Community in the Country.

The Rotary Club of Frederick recently celebrated its Centennial anniversary with a $1M fund to benefit the Frederick Community.

Rinker Materials was recently named Champion of Maryland Manufacturing by RMI of Maryland.

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Congratulations to the following anniversaries and grand openings:

If you have a business that has opened, relocated, expanded or celebrated
a milestone anniversary, in the last 3 months, please tell us!
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