Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
October 2021
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I am so pleased that the efforts of so many individuals and organizations over the years is paying dividends today as Frederick is recognized once again by as one of the Best Places To Live In America (#4). And it is no wonder when one considers the amazing neighborhoods, jobs, recreation, and history which Frederick offers. One way to assess the health of a community is by considering the amount and type of private investment and Frederick is a state leader in quality housing for all income levels and family supporting jobs.

Just this month there were numerous business openings here in The City of Frederick for terrific organizations like Tonix Pharmaceuticals, Maryland Deaf Community Center, Menocal Family Practice and more (see the complete list below). The team of economic development professionals here at the Department of Economic Development (DED) has been busy supporting these and other Frederick based business organizations as an ombudsman for resources, assistance, and access to capital. This month’s issue of Business eNews focuses in part on the roles of economic development organizations at the city, county, and state level in an effort to provide information on resources available to assist businesses at all levels.

Recently I had the great fortune of providing keynote remarks at the Annual George Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Awards Banquet to honor this year’s recipient – businesswoman Sue Hough, CEO and Queen Bee of Octavo Designs - for her incredible contributions to the Frederick community over the past two decades. Few individuals have made such a community impact as Sue, and I was delighted that Mr. Delaplaine was able to attend and congratulate her in person at the sold-out event which was held at the ARC of Frederick in support of Scouting BSA. Kudos Sue!

Lastly, Frederick is stepping up its sports scene a notch when it was selected by USA Cycling and Maryland Sports Commission to host the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championship Race at Gambrill State Park and the City of Frederick Watershed this past weekend. 230 top riders from across the nation competed on one of the most grueling courses in the country and supported the Frederick economy over the multi-day event. The awards ceremony was held downtown Frederick at Smoketown and Attaboy Breweries. Frederick has already been chosen to host the event in 2022.

Can you tell that I am super proud of Frederick and each of your organizations?  You are all what makes this City move.  Let’s have a terrific holiday season and don’t forget to support your local businesses.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
Economic Development is a deliberate set of programs, policies, or activities intended to improve the economic well-being and quality of life of a community. Economic Development organizations have five strategic focuses: business attraction, business retention & expansion, small business development, neighborhood development, and workforce development. Discover the roles our department plays in each initiative here.
In our modern economy, data is critical to successful organizational strategies. The City’s Department of Economic Development is committed to providing access to up-to-date community information & statistics to enable local companies to make well-informed busines decisions. Take advantage of our Department’s data resources.
Our partners at Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS) are dedicated to linking businesses in need of qualified employees with individuals seeking employment opportunities. The organization’s Business Team has recently launched several new initiatives– such as CDL certification subsidies & internship wage reimbursement – to assist companies addressing critical workforce development needs in the Frederick community.
Earlier this month, Frederick celebrated Tonix Pharmaceuticals' investment in a local state-of-the-art infectious disease research and development center. The acquisition of the 48,000 SF facility will support the company’s expanding pipeline of life-saving vaccines and antiviral therapeutics.
Learn more about the latest addition to Frederick’s booming life science industry.
Once again, the techFrederick Games brought Frederick’s technology-based companies together at Baker Park for a day of fun, friendly competition designed to build community and comradery. We caught up with techfrederick’s Executive Director, Amy Pontius, to give us a rundown on the memorable day.
Who's not surprised?! The City of Frederick turns heads again! Frederick has been named the #4 Best Place to Live in America. Read the full report from Livability.
Earlier this month, The City of Frederick hosted the USA Cycling’s 2021 Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship. An exciting opportunity for local tourism, the event drew more than 230 top competitors from across the country – attracting crowds of spectators and putting Frederick on the map for a new community of visitors.
Fort Detrick's own Garth Phoebus was recently named Civilian Emergency Manager of the Year by International Association of Emergency Managers, who represents professionals who save lives and protect property and the environment during emergencies and disasters. Kudos, Garth!

Octavo Design owner Sue Hough was recently presented with the George Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Award by the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

Sharon Riser of The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School was honored at the Schools 2021 Fundraiser Gala with the Andrew Gomez Compassionate Service Award, for her countless efforts in giving back.

Three cheers for the Frederick Arts Council receiving a 2021 Sustainability Award from the Frederick County Sustainability Commission for their Sky Stage project highlighting the design and practices. Find out more here!

Morgan-Keller Construction received four Associated Builders and Contractors Cumberland Valley Chapter Excellence in Construction Awards on Thursday, October 7th at the Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, MD. Three of the four awards were for projects in Frederick.

Frederick Rescue Mission welcomes a few new folks to their leadership team, bringing new ideas and enthusiasm. Read about Christine Bugher and Jasmine Sneed and their passions.

Visit Frederick also added to their staff members recently, bringing on Tessa Joseph and Jake Wynn. Find out what roles they will play in continuing to promote and market Frederick as a great place to visit.

Harry Grove Stadium will be the recipient of a sports mural by artist Yemi in 2022. Non profits Community Arts, Inc and TGP Gives will spearhead fundraising, marketing and getting the project off the ground. Find out what the mural will include and who will be highlighted.

Frederick based ETI Precision, a nationwide leader in calibration, repairs, as well as test and measurement equipment expands their services into Texas and surrounding states with a new field office.

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!
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!
November 9, 2021
Frederick County Workforce Services: Creating an Inclusive Organization/Business
November 15, 2021
November 16, 2021
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