Business News From The City of Frederick, Maryland
May 2021
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As the saying goes “April showers bring May flowers…” and this spring is no different. There are a lot of May projects blooming here in Frederick. This issue of Business eNews is focused on current efforts and trends in arts, entertainment, sports, and tourism, as well as development projects along the Golden Mile. Frederick Keys MLB Draft League kicks off a summer of great family baseball next week with 34 home games. Longtime Frederick Keys General Manager David Ziedelis has taken over as Executive Director of Visit Frederick as Frederick’s hospitality industry begins to recover from the impact of the COVID19 Pandemic. The City and Downtown Partnership are continuing to explore ways to improve streetscape in Downtown for residents, businesses, and visitors. The three month study will conclude in June with the issuance of a report and recommendations for both short and long term improvements.
As Frederick moves toward full recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic, Frederick has received several million dollars in federal grants, including awards from the American Recovery Act for recovery projects and programs, from the FAA for airport runway/taxiway expansion, and from the EPA for brownfield assessment along Carroll Creek Park and Frederick’s East Side. Information on these efforts can be found on the City’s website at Stay tuned each month for updates on these and other key economic development efforts. 

Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
Director, Economic Development
With travel returning to Frederick, a new executive Director, and a big anniversary --- 2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Visit Frederick, the local tourism council. Read more about these new stories here. 
Get ready to “Shake Your Key’s” – Frederick’s team is back! Opening Day is next week and The City is excited to see the baseball team return to play this season. Due to the restructuring decisions made by Major League Baseball last year, the 2021 Keys will play in a newly created MLB Draft League. Learn more about what to expect here.
Despite the challenging year, things are starting to look up in our local arts community. We caught up with some of these local businesses & organizations and asked them to ‘tell us something good’ — ranging from accomplishments despite COVID, to returning services & exciting new initiatives, to encouraging trends they are seeing in their industry
Since March, travel numbers have been rapidly rising - helping the hospitality industry begin its critical recovery process. We asked two local representatives of the industry to share some trends they are seeing in their businesses as the pandemic comes to an end.
Held April 28th, The “Status of the Mile” meeting offered an opportunity for the local community to hear the latest updates from the Golden Mile Alliance and projects currently underway along the Rt. 40 area. If you missed it, catch up on some of the highlights here.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that The City of Frederick has been awarded a $300,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant for use on Frederick’s Eastside. The grant will be used to help position underutilized historically-industrial properties for revitalization. Learn more here.
Grant application has opened for the Frederick County Food and Beverage Provider Grant. More than $877k will be awarded. Applications will be accepted between May 20 and May 26, and will be available at on the open date. Learn more here.
The YMCA of Frederick County will be partnering with the United Way of Frederick County to offer Summer Serve, a summer camp providing Frederick County youth (age 12-17) the opportunity to learn, grow and help their community thrive! Learn about the program and goals in their news release.

Frederick based Wellspring Digital has expanded their reach and opened offices in Metro Austin Texas. Learn more about what they do and their exciting news here.

IT Strategy and Consulting firm, MainSpring has added a new senior executive to their Business Technology Team. Learn more about MainSpring and meet Amer Yaqub.

Frederick tech company High Gear has brought on a Chief Marketing Officer. Meet Juli Bark!

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