Monday, August 30, 2010

The Great Frederick Fair - September 17 - 25, 2010!

As the month of August draws to a close, most are busy adjusting to school starting back or preparing for fall. One of the Highlights of the fall for Frederick County is the Great Frederick Fair. The dates for this year's fair are September 17th through 25th. To see the list of attractions and a schedule of events, visit The fair will be highlighting the letter "A" in the word Great. One of the areas is "A"griculture. Make sure to visit the Ag exibits around the fairgrounds. Look for the "Fact Sheet" posters that will give you facts about the area of agriculture you are visiting. Make sure to visit the City Streets and Country Roads Building as well.

I hope to see you all at the 2010 Great Frederick Fair!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2011 BIO International Convention Call for Session Proposals

The 2011 BIO International Convention Call for Session Proposals officially opens on September 1, 2010 and will close on September 22, 2010!
Breakout session proposals from biotechnology industry experts, policy leaders, analysts, academics and other thought leaders. The program covers a wide variety of relevant topics—from healthcare, the environment and food and agriculture, to industrial and other areas that are pertinent to the biotechnology industry.
Breakout sessions will take place from Monday - Thursday, June 27 - 30, 2011.
For additional information click on Call for Session Proposal Info at:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Downtown Frederick Holiday Lights

Ensure that the tradition continues in 2010!

Nearly all of the Downtown Frederick Holiday Lights were destroyed in the past
winter’s blizzards. The City of Frederick asked for one-time help and Celebrate
Frederick, Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Tourism Council of Frederick
County and 930 WFMD are responding to help raise funds for the 2010 season.
Our goal is to light 200 trees. Contributions in any amount are welcomed!

Adopt A String for $20
Adopt A Tree for $120

Make checks payable to:
Downtown Frederick Partnership (please note Holiday Lights on your check)
Contributions are tax deductible. Call the Visitor Center at (301) 600-4047 for more info.
Ensure that the tradition continues in 2010!

Drop off your check at:
Frederick County Visitor Center
19 E Church St

Mail your check to:
22 S Market St, Ste 2A
Frederick MD 21701

Contributions are tax deductible. Call the Visitor Center at (301) 600-4047 for more info.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

10th Annual Business Appreciation Week/Month

The Frederick County Board of County Commissioners and the Office of Economic Development (OED) are pleased to announce the 10th Annual Business Appreciation Week celebration, this year hosted throughout the month of September 2010. Ambassadors from the State, County, Municipalities, Business Development Advisory Council and the Chamber of Commerce will meet with local companies to learn more about the businesses and to personally thank them for their contributions to the Frederick County economy.

This year, 75 volunteer ambassadors will be visiting more than 200 businesses throughout Frederick County. Among the ambassadors are: Frederick County Commissioners’ President Jan Gardner, Frederick City Alderman Michael O’Connor, Executive Director of the Tourism Council of Frederick County John Fieseler, Middletown Main Street Manager Ruth Davis-Rogers and Thurmont Main Street Manager Nancy Poss.

Randy Gray, a Business Development Specialist with the Office of Economic Development and coordinator of the visits, said, “This event provides us another opportunity to thank companies for all they do in Frederick County and to hear about issues facing the business community.”

OED will kick-off Business Appreciation Month with a breakfast event on Wednesday, September 1st at 8 a.m. at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant. Matt Erskine, Executive Director of the Greater Washington Initiative, will be the key-note speaker. Business Appreciation Month will conclude on September 30th with an Open House at the Business and Employment Center, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mr. Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, will join OED for the event.

Business owners in Frederick County interested in participating in Business Appreciation Week next year are encouraged to call the Office of Economic Development at (301) 600-1058. For more information about OED programs, please visit our website at

Monday, August 16, 2010


The National Institute of Standards and Technology of Gaithersburg ,Maryland will host the Washington Metro Region Nanotechnology Partnership Forum on September 12, 2010 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Meet researchers from federal agencies/labs, academia, and private sector firms engaged in nanotechnology who are looking for potential partners. Learn about the unique resources available in the Washington Metro Region for your nanotechnology research goals.

Registration fee of $20.00 includes refreshments and lunch. Optional tour of NIST NanoFab Facility: signup sheet during forum check-in, tour limited to the first 50 to sign up.

Register now:; the agenda is also posted there. Deadline for registration is close of business 8/31/10.
For further info please contact John Emond, or 202-358-1686

Friday, August 13, 2010

FACT - Educational Forum

The Frederick Area Committee on Transportation (FACT) this week held an educational forum for candidates running for local and state offices. To view information presented by several agencies and organizations, please click on this link:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

$200,000 for Biotechnology Development Awards

Applications for Biotechnology Development Programs Now Available.

The Maryland Biotechnology Center now has available our FY2011 funding for the Biotechnology Development Awards. Again this year, we have three programs, the Biotechnology Commercialization Awards, the Translational Research Awards, and the Shared Resource Grants, with grants up to $200,000.

Applications for and descriptions of these programs are available on our website, There is a link on the left side of the home page that will take you directly to the program information and downloadable applications. Each Application Detail Form includes additional information specific to that program. Please note that ALL applications must include the separate Application Cover and the Detail and Cover Applications must be submitted as separate files.

The schedule for the first round of review is:

Application Deadlines Sept. 1, 2010
Presentation Notification Sept. 15, 2010
Applicant Presentations Oct. 1-15, 2010
Award Notifications Oct. 22, 2010

We will have another round of submissions and review in Feb. 2011. Look for announcements on our website late in 2010.

If you submitted an application for a program for FY2010 and did not receive an award, you can have that application rolled forward for consideration in the Sept. 1 round if you would like. Just send me an email indicating that you would like your same application considered. Or you are welcome to revise and submit a new application.

If you have any questions, visit our website at, or contact Chuck Montague, Ph.D., Manager, Biotechnology Development Programs, Maryland Biotechnology Center, 410.767.3837 or

Friday, August 6, 2010

OED Expands Social Media Outreach

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development can now also be found on Facebook here and on YouTube at In addition, if you're not already following us on Twitter@FredCoOED, we invite you to stay in touch!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Frederick County Employment and Wage Growth Facts

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation released 2009 calendar year employment and wage data and here are some highlights:

Frederick County was one of only 9 Maryland counties that experienced a positive job growth from 2005-2009, adding 491 jobs for an increase of 0.54%.

Frederick County had the 6th highest number of new jobs created during the same time frame.

Frederick County had the 2nd highest percentage of increase in average weekly wage per worker (17.52%) from 2005-2009. The average weekly wage per worker of $872 increased $130 during the past 5 years.

Industries that saw the MOST growth over the past five years were:
Professional and Business Services (17.79%)
Education and Health Services (15.38%)
Leisure and Hospitality (8.72%)

Industries that saw the LEAST growth over the past five years were:
Construction (-27.80%)
Manufacturing (-22.55%)
Information (-11.10%)

For more information, please contact Sandy Wagerman, OED's Research Specialist at 301-600-1578.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) Grants Available

Did you know….Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS) has On-the-Job Training (OJT) grants available to help Frederick County employers alleviate some of the costs associated with hiring and training new employees. Eligible employers can apply for reimbursement funds of up to 50% of the new trainee’s wages while the employee is enrolled in the OJT program. To learn more about the program, including the criteria for eligibility, please visit:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Brunswick Commercial Property Tour

Brunswick Main Street will be hosting a property tour of some downtown buildings available for sale or lease on Tuesday, August 10th. Anyone interested in touring the buildings is invited to attend. The Frederick County Office of Economic Development will be participating in the event.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Kaplon Building, located at 102 W. Potomac St. There is no charge. For more information, please contact Brunswick Main Street Manager Patrick Kay at
301-834-5591 or e-mail:

Fort Detrick to host Annual Technology Expo

Fort Detrick will host it's Annual Technology Expo on Tuesday August 17th from 10:00am-2:00pm at the New Community Activities Center, Bldg. 1520.

All military, civilian and contractor personnel are invited to attend for FREE. There will be more than 15 vendors providing demonstrations in: Computers and Networking Equipment, Green IT Products, Information Assurance and Security, Distance Learning, Video/Multimedia/Presentation, Fiber Optics, VoIP, Test and Measurement, and many more.

This event is sponsored by The Directorate of Information Management (DOIM). Refreshments will be served and giveaways offered while supplies last.
For any additional information please contact Kelly Shields at or call 443-561-2380.

Monday, August 2, 2010

e-End Hosts Economic Development Business Visit

A group of elected officials and economic development representatives visited e-End today as part of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development’s monthly business visit and business retention program. Attendees learned about e-End’s mission and company history, and received a tour of the secure facility located in Frederick, MD. Monthly business visits give elected officials and economic development representatives a chance to hear about a business’s achievements, concerns and opportunities to assist with doing business in Frederick County.

e-End is a woman-owned, small business offering comprehensive, environmentally sound programs to recycle and adaptively reuse outdated computer, IT, and electronic equipment/components in compliance with federal, state and local security regulations. Founded in 2006, e-End’s expertise extends to total data sanitization of media-containing devices using a suite of cutting-edge tools and technologies to ensure a total security solution. Their clients include: federal, state and local governments; fortune 500 companies, healthcare providers, law firms, financial institutions, foreign embassies and educational institutions.

The company’s philosophy to protect the environment extends past just their mission statement as they have developed a zero landfill policy and strive to exceed U.S. EPA standards for solid waste recycling.

To learn more about e-End, please visit their website at

Fort Detrick Alliance to Host Open House

The Fort Detrick Alliance will hold an Open House at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) on October 14th from 4p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ft. Detrick.
This event will feature an opportunity to interact with the leadership of BNBI and the NBACC and Ft. Detrick to tour the recently completed building before security and operations concerns close the building to visitors.
The tours will showcase the BSL3 and BSL4 high containment laboratories, safety features of the building, and will give participants a sense of the scope and application of the work performed at NBACC.
This event is for Fort Detrick Alliance Sponsors only. Any questions, please call or email or 301-788-9896.

Last Chance to Sign Up for Business Appreciation Month!

This is the last week to register your Frederick County company for Business Appreciation Month in September. It's fun and free, plus your company's name will be included in our publicity about the project.

For more information and to register, please click on this link: