Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
June 2021
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Frederick has lost a pioneer leader for African American heritage here in Frederick with the recent death of David Key – the longtime President of AARCH – African American Resource and Cultural Heritage. I was proud to call David a friend and colleague, and feel fortunate for his tireless work to bring the rich Frederick African American story to life through a future cultural center and museum here in a building provided by the City. We have all learned from David the lessons of hard work, perseverance and humility– but mostly we learned about his life and the live’s of countless other African-Americans who helped build this City we call home. I am confident that David’s spirit will be with the AARCH team as they bring this incredible vision to life and will help continue to be a light for peace, respect, and equity in our community. The City stands ready to help make his vision a reality.

In this issue of Frederick Business eNews, we are focused on Frederick’s life science industry including an overview of biotech companies, workforce, and industry growth.  Frederick has nearly 40 biotech or related companies and many more just outside city limits.  From AstraZeneca to the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and dozens of smaller businesses, Frederick has become a hub for life science research, development, and manufacturing.  Frederick’s own tech incubator/accelerator FITCI has contributed sizably to the startup businesses which have continued to grow in the community creating jobs and tax base. Learn more by checking out the articles below.

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
The Frederick region is now one of the largest clusters of bioscience companies in the nation. Get the fast facts behind the impressive local industry here.
The past year has been one of significant growth for Frederick's life science sector. We compiled a list of some of the major local expansion stories and other recent company highlights for you.
Frederick has become a magnet for life science companies looking to start and expand. One of the critical decision-making factors in site selection seen time and again is the speed at which a property can be delivered to operational use. This growing list of readily-available local lab space presents an exciting competitive advantage in drawing even more biotech companies to our community.
As qualified life sciences job candidates continue to be in high demand, Frederick’s higher education institutes have stepped up to the plate to help fill the local talent pipeline, better qualify the candidate pool, and shorten the on-boarding process of new hires. Here we take a look at some of the programs preparing local life science students at two City-based institutions.
BioBuzz is an organization dedicated to connecting our region’s biotech workforce and companies through news, events, and resources. Learn more about the group and the industry trends they are tracking here.
Thank You, Charlie Thomas
After 10 years of dedicated service, Charlie Thomas has announced his resignation as chair of SCORE Mid-Maryland. SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer expert mentors dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Under Charlie's leadership, the local branch has supported countless entrepreneurs to realize their dreams right here in Frederick. As of July 1, Angela Baker will become the organization's new chair. Learn more about SCORE here.
Vaughn Thurman, CEO and Founder of HighGear, Was Recently a presenter during the virtual PMBA Global Conference and highlighted Key Findings of Forrester Research Study focusing on a shortage of developer talent.

Tenth Ward Distilling Company Announced their upcoming Five-Year Anniversary in July, 2021.

Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade Invites Designs From Regional Artisans for 2022.

Karl Hindle, Wellspring Digital CEO, Named Head Judge Again for US Search Awards 2021.

Black is Beautiful Spirit to Be Released for Juneteenth by McClintock Distilling.

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Frederick County Chamber: Morning Mixer
June 29, 2021
Women's Business Network Happy Hour: It's a Bugs Life!
June 29, 2021
Frederick County Chamber: Women in Business Networking Event
July 8, 2021
Women's Business Network: Team Building & Volunteering
July 8, 2021
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