Thursday, June 11, 2015

5 Reasons Why Biosciences Thrive in Frederick, Maryland

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development and the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development will be exhibiting at the Bio International Convention next week, the largest bioscience convention in the world. In preparation, here are the 5 Reasons Why Biosciences Thrive in Frederick, Maryland:

Visit us at the Bio International Convention
in Philadelphia, PA June 16-18, 2015.
  1. Location, Location, Location - Frederick is the northern anchor of the I-270 Technology Corridor in Maryland, which is one of the largest bioscience clusters in the U.S. It is home to Fort Detrick, the Frederick National Laboratory, 9,000+ businesses, and over 80 bioscience companies. Less than an hour from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Frederick also offers close proximity to federal regulatory agencies.
  2. Opportunity & Collaboration - Businesses enjoy strong biotechnology transfer opportunities from the federal labs at Fort Detrick and the National Cancer Institute. Start-ups can thrive in Frederick's local biotech incubator and state-of-the-art labs and offices are available. The community is supported with partners offering local networking opportunities and workshops.
  3. Educated Workforce & Great Schools - Ranked  among the 2nd Smartest Cities by, 36% of the workforce holds a bachelor's degree or higher and 13.3% have earned a Masters degree or Ph.D. Local public school achievement exceeds Maryland averages with scores that consistently surpass state and national averages on measures such as the College Board SAT. All county public high schools rank in the nation’s top 9% for encouraging students to take challenging Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate tests.
  4. Transportation - Two-thirds of the U.S. population is within a day's drive of Frederick, and the location provides provides convenient access to all major markets on the eastern seaboard. It is within 50 miles of 3 international airports (BWI, Dulles and Reagan National). Two commuter rail stations serve Frederick, including one downtown, offering daily weekday service to Washington, D.C.
  5. Quality of Life - Just released in June 2015 by, Frederick was named one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in the U.S. It was also named one of the "10 Best Places Near Washington, D.C. For Young Professionals" and Frederick County was names among the "Top 10 Counties in America." Award-winning Downtown Frederick is bustling with independently owned shops, restaurants, and galleries. Frederick offers the ability for residents to “live, work, and play” and experience an excellent quality of life.
Want to learn more? Contact us and we can assist you with site selection assistance, how to start your business in Frederick, relocation assistance, and more information about the biosciences in our area.  This originally appeared on the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development's blog. Find out more here.