Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Local Resident Receives State Recognition

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) has named a Frederick resident Volunteer of the Year.

George Dredden, a former businessman and entrepreneur, was honored for his 40-plus years of service aimed at improving the business climate in Frederick County and the state of Maryland. Dredden served on the Frederick County Business Development Advisory Council (BDAC) for six years. The council advises the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Frederick County Board of Commissioners on economic issues.

In addition to his contributions to BDAC, which included serving as Chairman, Dredden also served as Chairman of the Frederick County Planning Commission. He was active with the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Frederick Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Frederick and many other organizations.

Dredden worked with OED to increase capital investment and employment growth in Frederick County. He was a champion for small and minority owned businesses and helped establish Frederick County’s first technology business incubator.

In other MEDA news, during the organization’s recent annual conference, Laurie Boyer, Executive Director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, was voted in as Vice-President of the MEDA Board of Directors. Boyer has worked for OED for 10 years and has been a member of MEDA’s governing board for four years.