Thursday, May 20, 2010

OED holds “Taste of Frederick” Commercial Realtor Bus Tour

Frederick, Maryland – May 20, 2010 - The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) and the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development (DED) held a Commercial Realtor Bus Tour on May 12, 2010.

Approximately 42 commercial realtors and developers in the Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia region attended the event. This year’s theme was a “Taste of Frederick” where OED and DED served up information on available sites, quality of life, workforce and business community.

The bus tour commenced at Harry Grove Stadium. Richard Griffin and Heather Gramm from the City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development were tour guides and highlighted opportunities that exist in the City. Laurie Boyer, Helen Riddle and Jodie Bollinger from the Frederick County Office of Economic Development were also tour guides for the day and highlighted Frederick County’s expanding business climate and the advantages of locating and expanding to the county.

The tour concluded at Alexander’s (Auction House) located in Buckeystown for a mini tradeshow and networking event with the bus tour sponsors. There was a brief presentation that included guest speaker, Father Leo Patalinghug from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. Father Leo Patalinghug competed with Bobby Flay on Food Network’s Throwdown and won for his award-winning fajitas. He spoke to the attendees about Frederick’s enviable quality of life and the importance quality of life factors have on businesses looking to locate or expand.

Frederick County sponsors displayed their materials regarding their projects in Frederick County. The participants were able to meet with the sponsors and talk to them about their sites as well as network with the group. Sponsors of the event included: St. John Properties, Heritage Properties, Inc., Matan Companies, NAI The Michael Companies, Inc., Corporate Office Properties Trust, First Potomac Realty Trust and Saul Centers, Inc.

For more information regarding this event, please contact the Frederick County Office of Economic Development at (301)600-1058 or visit our website at