Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Snapshot

2014 Snapshot

Thank you to our businesses, state and local partners, and community organizations for all of your efforts in 2014 that make Frederick a great place to live, work, and play. 

Changes in Policy to Enter Fort Detrick Starting January 2015

Please note the following changes will be implemented in January 2015 to enter into Fort Detrick or the Forest glen Annex. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

$100,000 Awarded to Continue and Expand Façade Improvement Programs

City Receives Community Legacy Grant 
$100,000 Awarded to Continue and Expand Façade Improvement Programs 

Example of a façade improvement through the Downtown Frederick Partnership's program. 

Frederick, MD - December 24, 2014: The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development is pleased to announce that on December 17, 2014, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced that The City of Frederick was awarded $100,000 in Community Legacy Grant funds. The award will be used to continue and expand a façade improvement grant program. DHCD awarded $5.7 million in Community Legacy program grants to 67 projects in 20 counties and Baltimore City. Those grants support total project costs of more than $45.4 million. 

Frederick’s program funds will support the continuation and expansion of a Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program within the Patrick Street Corridor Community. The Frederick Façade Improvement Project will be administered jointly by the City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development and its partners - the Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Golden Mile Alliance, and the East Frederick Rising. 

Since 2004, the Downtown Frederick Partnership’s Façade improvement program has resulted in more than 80 building improvement projects valued in excess of $520,000 and has induced additional neighborhood investment. 

“Façade rehabilitation serves as a catalyst for area-wide capital investment as we have experienced in Downtown Frederick. Expanding the Façade Program to include the Patrick Street Corridor through East Frederick and the Golden Mile will improve the attractiveness of the gateways and will help spur area-wide revitalization,” said City of Frederick Mayor Randy McClement. 

The program will expand to include areas east and
west of Downtown, including East Frederick and the
Golden Mile neighborhoods.
The Frederick Façade Improvement Program is intended to expand the current Downtown Frederick Façade Improvement Program to include the areas east and west of downtown along the Patrick Street Corridor, including East Frederick and Golden Mile neighborhoods. Of the $100,000 grant award, $53,000 will be allocated to Downtown Frederick, $23,500 to East Frederick, and $23,500 to the Golden Mile. 

The Community Legacy program provides local governments and community development organizations with essential funding and gap financing for important projects that will strengthen local communities, supporting housing and homeownership goals and attracting and retaining businesses. 

The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development strives to increase economic opportunity for Frederick residents through job creation, revitalization and reinvestment. 

Program specific details and how to apply:
For additional information, contact Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development for the City of Frederick 301-600-6361 or rgriffin@cityoffrederick.com. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Are small distilleries the next big thing for Frederick?

New code changes could position Frederick to benefit from surge in growing craft spirit industry.

Craft spirits is a $10.2 billion market and growing at a rapid rate. On December 18, 2014, the City of Frederick, Maryland’s Board of Aldermen amended city code to allow small wineries, breweries and distilleries in the downtown area, paving the way for this growing industry to boom locally. This newest legislation expanded the area where these businesses could operate.  

According to the American Craft Spirits Association, there are at least 350 craft distilleries in the United States today – a figure projected to pass 500 in 2015. 

“We have all of the right ingredients for this industry to thrive,” said Economic Development Director for the city, Richard Griffin. “We have a thriving downtown, robust tourism industry, and the county has a concentration of wineries and breweries. More importantly, the codes are now in place to welcome this growing industry to Frederick,” Griffin added.

While many state and local governments across the country have restrictive legislation that limits this type of industry, the recent code change positions Frederick to be at the forefront of this industry’s growth. 

“Frederick is ready to embrace this industry,” said Griffin.  With a variety of available spaces, from flex to historic buildings, there are a number of locations that can accommodate the booming craft distillery, winery, and brewery business.

For information on opening a business in Frederick or for business assistance, contact the City of Frederick’s Department of  Economic Development

AstraZeneca Announced Plans to Expand its Biologics Manufacturing Center in Frederick

2011 Grand Opening
On Friday, November 21, 2014, AstraZeneca announced plans to expand its biologics manufacturing center in Frederick, Md. The more than $200 million project will increase production capacity at the facility to support AstraZeneca’s maturing pipeline, and will help position the company to keep pace with a growing demand for the development and use of biologics, which currently represent nearly 50% of AstraZeneca’s overall pipeline. The expansion is also expected to bring a total of 300 new jobs to Frederick.
“We’re very pleased by AstraZeneca’s demonstrable commitment to our local workforce and to our growing biotech community,” said Frederick City Mayor Randy McClement. “This expansion will help bring even more high-caliber life science jobs and career opportunities to Frederick and the surrounding region.”
For more information, read the AstraZeneca press release

Monday, December 15, 2014

NEW: Small Commercial Tax Credit Program Available

The Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program, which provides funding to support renovations of historic structures in Maryland, expanded in 2014 to include small commercial buildings. This great opportunity to upgrade a facade or make other necessary updates. 
Rehabilitation costs may receive a tax credit of up to $50,000 on projects up to $500,000. Buildings must be located in state-designated Sustainable Communities and be designated historic. 
The credit, which is capped at $50,000 over two years, is available through the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) starting January 1. MHT will accept applications starting September 1. 
Learn more about the tax credit program and find application materials at MHT’s tax credit program page

4 Offers and Ideas from Clustered Spires Golf Course

For some industries, golf and business go hand-in-hand.  An article in The Economist (Why golfers get ahead, November 21, 2011), emphasizes that, “As a form of corporate entertainment, golf's first virtue is that people of any age can play it.” It is the preferred sport for many looking to connect with clients and coworkers outside of the office. 

Clustered Spires Golf Club was established in 1991 as the first public golf course in Frederick County, and is owned and operated by the City of Frederick. The 185 acre course was formally a working dairy farm and the Monocacy River surrounds the golf course on 3 sides, creating a beautiful setting while providing a natural barrier from outside distractions. 

Looking towards 2015, here are some current offers and ideas from Clustered Spires Golf Club that may be right on par for your favorite golf-loving colleague, client, or for your own company: 
  1. Book Your Outing or Event – Clustered Spires Golf Course successfully runs over 110 outings per year, and its PGA Professional staff has collectively over 51 years of management of charity golf events. Learn more about booking an event.
  2. Annual Golf Membership – Find yourself on the links a lot? Play unlimited golf anytime for a year with an annual Golf Membership. Learn more about membership online or call for details: 301-600-1295. (Price: Adults - $1,200; Juniors - $300)
  3. Dress for the New Year- Happening Now: 25% Off all in-stock men’s and women’s golf shirts.
  4. Golf Lessons & Personal Club Fitting With a PGA Professional – Clustered Spires’ Don Frost was named Golf Digest Top Teacher of 2013. Frost was ranked as one of the best teachers in the state of MD and top 500 in the country. He is the Director of Golf and General Manager of Clustered Spires Golf Club. Learn more about lessons.

Learn more about the amenities and offerings at Clustered Spires Golf Club

Friday, December 12, 2014

3 Local Holiday Shopping Ideas

Carroll Creek Park, Downtown Frederick, Maryland
Frederick is an ideal spot to show your shop local spirit this holiday season. Frederick was recently named in Yelp's Top 20 Cities to Shop Local for the holidaysIn the City of Frederick, 95% of businesses are small businesses, which means they have 50 or fewer employees. Based on recent InfoUSA data, 88% of City businesses have fewer than 25 employees. 

For those in or around Frederick, shopping small is a source of pride for many, and the options are endless. 

Here are three tips for shopping local this holiday season:

  1. Visit the Golden MileWhile many think about the Golden Mile for services and larger retail stores, tucked into the many shopping centers are small, locally owned businesses. International bakeries, grocery stores, and more will help you serve up traditional tastes and new flavors for the holidays.

  2. Gift a Local Taste of Frederick- For the person who has everything, give the gift of local sweets and treats. From Monocacy Brewing Company to McCutcheon's Factory Store, Frederick is a mecca for locally produced food and drink. Artisan chocolates, locally produced beer and wine,freshly baked sweets, and preserved and jellies can all be found here.
  3. Get it in Downtown Frederick - Recently named in Yelp's Top 20 Cities to Shop Local for the holidays, the 40-block historic district offers charm, locally-crafted gifts, and many small boutiques and specialty shops. Learn more on the Downtown Frederick website.

This Week on Carroll Creek: December 12, 2014

Work continues on Carroll Creek Park on the East end of the park including grading, stone work, and shared use paths. Most noticeable on the East end of town, Carroll Creek was drained as a part of the scope of work.  

A Drained Carroll Creek 

A portion of Carroll Creek that flows through town was recently drained as a part of Phase II of the Carroll Creek project.  Repairs and replacement work were necessary where the water normally flows. This work is all part of the overall project that is expanding the Carroll Creek Park improvements. 

From this vantage point, the Delaplaine and East All Saints Street parking garage are in the distance. Construction work is well underway East of these buildings where many of the new park improvements will be made. 

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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.