Monday, July 21, 2014

This Week On Carroll Creek Park - July 21, 2014

If you are down on South Market or Bentz Street, you'll see construction and improvements continue along Carroll Creek, bringing new, widened terra cotta shared-use paths for pedestrians, joggers and bikers. 

Just beyond the Delaplaine on S. Carroll Street, block is being laid to raise the creek walls to allow for flower beds and retaining walls, as part of landscaping improvements.

 Between Market Street and Court Street, excavation of top soil is underway for for the installation of new fountains.

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About the Next Phase of Carroll Creek Park
This next phase of park improvements will include new and widened multi-use paths, landscape planters, lighting, water features and crosswalk improvements. The work will occur primarily between Bentz and S. Market Street and between the Delaplaine Arts Center and East Patrick Street. More than $100M in new and renovated private construction is planned along the new park/path sections which will eventually result in hundreds of new jobs and increased state and local tax revenue.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Better Know A Business: Exotic Lumber

95% of business in Frederick, Maryland are small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. 
The diversity and variety of businesses speak to the strong spirit of entrepreneurship in this community. Staff from the City of Frederick's Department of Economic Development recently visited one of these small businesses, Exotic Lumber. 

Get to know Exotic Lumber better by reading a Q & A with owner, Neil Gager.

Better Know a Business: Exotic Lumber
Department of Economic Development representatives,
Bobby Baumler and Richard Griffin, with Neil Gager,
owner of Exotic Lumber.
When did you open in Frederick?
Exotic Lumber relocated to Frederick in October last year (2013). I opened my business when we arrived here from South Africa in January of 2002. 

Why did you choose Frederick for your business location?
We were renting a warehouse in the Airpark in Gaithersburg since we opened, and last year, we purchased our current warehouse. Living in New Market the last seven or so years, we have gotten to know Frederick well, and really enjoy what the city offers.

Who are your clients and what do they make with your products?
Our clients range from commercial businesses, like small and medium cabinet makers, furniture makers, remodelers, contractors, deck builders, mill work shops, flooring companies, luthiers, boat builders, as well as  wood turners and all kinds of hobbyist woodworkers.  We also supply wood for historic renovation jobs.

What makes your business unique/different?
What makes us unique is our range of domestic and imported woods (over 120 species) and the fact that our customers can hand select their own lumber and, for a fee, have it planed and cut on-site for them. We also keep unusual things like burls and live-edged wood slabs.

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about your business?
We have a showroom and customers are welcome to come in and look at what the different species are like once they have been sanded and finished.  

We also sell certain species of paper–backed veneers and edge banding, as well as veneer core plywood, as well as wood for outdoor uses – (furniture - teak, Spanish cedar, mahogany, western red cedar ), decks (Ipe wood decking from Brazil), and Western Red  cedar for raised garden  beds. 

Additional Information
Exotic Lumber Inc
329 E. 2nd Street

Frederick, MD  21701

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

7 Ways to Enjoy Summer in Frederick

Alive@5 Outdoor Happy Hour along Carroll Creek every Thursday in the summer.
Photo courtesy of Douglas Via/Downtown Frederick Partnership
Year-round, the quality of life in the City of Frederick is outstanding, but it may shine the brightest in the summer.  During this time of year, those that live and work in the area can take advantage of the many amenities that our City offers.

According to Area Development Online, quality of life is still a top site selection factor for businesses, especially as they compete for the best and brightest employees. Local companies frequently cite Frederick’s outstanding quality of life as a benefit of having their business in Frederick. From festivals to farmers markets and pools to al-fresco patio dining, Frederick’s thriving downtown, events, and recreational opportunities abound. 

Here are seven ways those that live and work in Frederick can take advantage of the summertime fun here in Frederick.
  1. Make plans to meet up with co-workers on Thursday evening on Carroll Creek for Alive@5.
  2. Pick up locally grown and organic products at one of the city’s eight farmers markets.
  3. Relax and unwind at a local park or cool off in one of Frederick’s two public pools.
  4. Attend a Sunday night Summer Concert Series show in Baker Park with friends and family.
  5. Dine al fresco at one of Downtown Frederick’s many restaurants.
  6. Stroll along Carroll Creek Park to see water lilies in full bloom thanks to the Color on the Creek project.
  7. Enjoy some family fun at a Frederick Keys minor-league baseball game.
Stay cool this month, and enjoy the many amenities that our town offers this season.  

Looking to open or expand a business in Frederick?  Contact us for help and to find out more about our community. 

5 Benefits of Doing Bioscience Business in Frederick, MD

Dr. J.J. Lin of Imagilin Technology, LLC got his start at Frederick's biotech incubator, FITCI.
Located less than an hour from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland. It has much to offer growing, expanding businesses in bioscience.

Each year, the City of Frederick's Department of Economic Development (DED) attends the world’s largest biotechnology gathering, the BIO International Convention. Here, they network with high-level executives and influential decision makers who come to BIO to discover new players in the industry, form partnerships, and evaluate emerging technologies. 

At BIO, and at home, DED represents Frederick's role within Maryland's largest bioscience cluster, and lets businesses know why Frederick is ideal for this industry.  There are many reasons these companies are attracted to our area. Below are some of the top reasons the biosciences thrive in Frederick, Maryland. 

5 Reasons the Biosciences Thrive in Frederick, Maryland

Frederick City and County economic
development professionals at BIO 2014. 
1. Location-Frederick is the northern anchor of the I-270 Technology Corridor in Maryland, which is the third largest bioscience cluster in the U.S. It is home to Fort Detrick, the Frederick National Laboratory, 3,400+ businesses, and over 80 bioscience companies. 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; a local biotech incubator (FITCI); available state-of-the-art labs & offices, and local networking opportunities with partners.  

3. Educated Workforce-Ranked the 2nd Smartest City by, 36% of the workforce holds a bachelor's degree or higher.

4. Transportation-Major highways and mass transit connect Frederick with Washington, D.C., the I-95 corridor, and the Port of Baltimore. 

5. Quality of Life-Historic Downtown Frederick ranked #6 in’s “Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014” list. 

Want to learn more? Contact us and we can assist you with more information, site selection assistance, and information about the biosciences in our area.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

7 Ways to Participate in the Buy Local Challenge

Mayor Randy McClement at the Everedy Square and
Shab Row Market. 
The annual Buy Local Challenge encourages City residents to make a personal commitment to eat local during Buy Local Week, July 19th - July 27th, 2014. This year, Mayor Randy McClement is encouraging all citizens to take the challenge.  

In addition, Mayor McClement challenges the Frederick community to try one new local product weekly during the growing season. 

Mayor McClement said, “We are very fortunate to have several wonderful Farmers’ Markets conveniently located within the City limits. Seeing the crowds that gather at the markets attest to the fact that people want to eat healthy and feel good about supporting our local economy. Buying local, eating fresh is a win for everyone.”  

Residents can easily step up to the challenge any time of the year, not just during Buy Local Week

7 Ways to Participate in the Buy Local Challenge in Frederick
Seasonal pick-your-own options at Glade Link Farms.

1.  Shop at one of the 8 Farmers Markets located in the City of Frederick or at a county market.

2.  Sip and sample at a local winery or farmhouse brewery.

3.  Visit a farm or orchard's farm market on site and take home some locally produced treats. Hours vary, so verify hours in advance.

4.  Visit one of Frederick County's two creameries, Rocky Point Creamery and South Mountain Creamery, for a farm-fresh treat.

5.  Dine at one of Frederick's many restaurants that source their products locally, or make plans to dine at one of the area restaurants participating in Farm-to-Fork Frederick.
6.  Pick-Your-Own - Take a trip to a local farm such as Catoctin Mountain Orchard, Glade Link Farms, or Pryor's Orchard to pick your own farm-fresh products.  

7.  Enter the Buy Local Photo Challenge to "Take the Challenge to the EXTREME." Snap and enter a creative photo showing how you participated in the challenge.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Inspiring Offices: Mosiac Power

In The City of Frederick, business spaces go beyond basics. Here, unique offices allow businesses to cultivate creativity, express their company's culture, and create a work environment that inspires.  From industrial to classic, artsy to funky, historic to high tech, spaces abound to meet a variety of needs. 

Inspiring Offices is a new feature that will highlight some of the creative and unique office spaces in Frederick.

Find Your Own Inspiring Office

If you are looking to open or expand a business in Frederick, we can help.  Contact us, and let us help you find your own Inspiring Office space so you can build your dream.  

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek inside this Inspiring Office in Frederick.

Mosiac Power

Mosaic Power calls this former industrial building home.
This week's Inspiring Office feature is Mosaic PowerWith rooftop decks overlooking Frederick’s hottest outdoor happy hour, Alive@5, Mosaic Power’s office space offers staff flexible space, outdoor retreats, and an industrial vibe. CEO Laurie Vaudreuil wanted the space to feel comfortable, like home.  And it does.  A shared kitchen, couches, and even a hammock allow staff to take a break without leaving the office.  

"There are lots of historic buildings that can be re-purposed into quirky office space if you think outside the cubicle," says Vaudreuil.
Vaudreuil did not want to give up the hours a day required for commuting, so she made it a priority to keep her business in Frederick.  "Frederick also offers a very intelligent hiring pool and is well connected to services in both DC and Baltimore," she added.  
"Frederick is a great lifestyle town," explains Vaudreuil.  "There are plenty of opportunities to be part of the community socially, the dining downtown is walkable and fabulously diverse, and the creek and parks offer plenty of opportunity for exercise and mental health breaks."

Below are some of Mosaic Power's Inspiring Office features:

Unique architecture and design offers colorful office spaces throughout the building.

View from their office's patio overlooks Carroll Creek and serves as a perfect vantage point for Alive@5. 

"We have spaces that encourage people to move around to suit their work needs and who they need to work with."
-Laurie Vaudreuil, CEO

Exposed brick and light office spaces abound in this building.
This hammock is ready for staff to help staff relax.

A kitchen in the building provides convenience for employees and a place to informally gather and share ideas.

A colorful conference room offers inspiration and plays on the mosaic motif.

This open work space offers staff the opportunity to collaborate on projects.
M is for Mosaic! Painted brick and personal touches make the space feel welcoming.
Recharge with fresh air and a creek-side view.