Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Made in Frederick: Attaboy Beer Joins the Frederick Brewery Scene

In The City of Frederick, many local businesses make and manufacture their own products. From distilled spirits to dog treats, companies are choosing Frederick as a place to make their products and do business.  

Made in Frederick is a feature that showcases these businesses and their products. 

Brian and Carly Ogden are owners of Frederick's newest brewery, Attaboy Beer. This month, Brian Ogden, who is also the brewer, give us an inside look at their brewery.

How long has your company been in business? 
We opened to the public on 1/25/17 

What is your product/products? 
Beer! Primarily hoppy American ales and Belgian ales. 

What makes your product different? 
We will be using some unconventional yeasts and bacteria that are generally avoided in traditional breweries, yet when used right, can create a whole different range of flavors.

What do you want your customers to know about your product? 
We take our beer very seriously! Not a moment goes by that we aren't focused on making the best beer we can make. If we aren't making beer, then we are visiting other breweries and trying theirs - so many amazing beers out there today!

What does Frederick offer a company like yours?
Small breweries like us are 100% dependent on serving our beer locally, and we feel very fortunate that Frederick has welcomed us with open arms. Frederickans (Fredicktonians?!) are very proud (justifiably!) of their city and have shown a willingness to support small businesses and keep their dollars local. We strive to repay that loyalty with a quality beer at a fair price.

Visit Attaboy Beer

400 Sagner Ave, 
Ste 400
Frederick, MD 21701

HoursWed 5-10pm
Thurs 5-10pm
Fri 5-10pm
Sat 12-10pm

Sun 12-10pm


Partner Spotlight: Tech Frederick

In December 2016, Tech Frederick was approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tech Frederick was first established in 2009 and formed to identify, highlight, support, foster awareness of, advocate for, and develop Frederick’s growing high tech community through community education and human resource development, entrepreneurship training programs and seminars, and related events. Tech Frederick achieves its mission through a variety of ways, including regular networking events, the Tech Frederick Breakfast speakers series, and the Tech Frederick EARN workforce training program.

Tech Frederick is led by an all-volunteer board and began as a collaboration between The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development, Frederick County Office of Economic Development, and the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI). The board of directors is comprised of Vaughn Thurman (Swift Systems), Nick  Damoulakis (Orases), and Scott Ryser (Yakabod).  In February 2017, the board reorganized the advisory team to include collaboration and resources from additional leaders and supporters of the IT industry in Frederick.

Tech Frederick is focused on the following programs and events:

  • Community development programs, seminars, and other events designed to increase awareness of and access to economic and other resources available to local and high tech entrepreneurs, startups, and individual workers within or desirous to join the high tech sector
  • Research and outreach efforts designed to educate extra-regional resources regarding the current and increasing viability of the Greater Frederick area as a target location for high tech companies
  • Marketplace training programs designed to connect potential local and extra-regional human resources with available high-tech opportunities in the Greater Frederick Area
  • Entrepreneurship programs designed to increase the likelihood of success for local high tech startups
  • Training and education programs designed to support established entrepreneurs by connecting them with viable resources and strategies for supporting positive business development and sustainable growth 

Industry Specific Networking Forums & Training

  • Quarterly Networking Happy Hours 
  • Quarterly Breakfast Events
  • Training & Technical Certifications (TechFrederick EARN) - The TechFrederick EARN program provides training and technical certifications to economically distressed, unemployed, and underemployed individuals in order to reenter or advance a career in the IT industry.
Techs on Loan Program

Frederick’s technology community provides technical assistance free-of-charge to Frederick area non-profit organizations to bring to life, specific projects where technology can make a difference.  Efforts from this initiative are made up entirely of volunteers from the Frederick IT community.Techs on Loan assistance includes:

  • General  technology assessment to help a specific non-profit develop a technology strategy roadmap which is consistent with its overall mission and strategy.
  • Implementation of specific projects which are consistent with the strategy roadmap.

Retail on Frederick's North End Continues to Grow with Opening of Walmart Supercenter

The new Walmart Supercenter opened at 2421 Monocacy Blvd. on January 25, 2017. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is approximately 187,000 square feet and has a full-service pharmacy with drive-through window and groceries.

The grand-opening included presentations of $5,780 in grants from (Walmart and/or the Walmart Foundation) to local community groups including Frederick City Police Department, Walkersville Fire Department, Glade Valley Food Bank, Animal Welfare, Frederick Rescue Mission and Religious Coalition. 

Walmart is located on the site of the former Frederick Trading Company.  Other planned amenities on the site will include a Chick Fil A and Starbucks. 

The Walmart Supercenter at Frederick Trading Center joins other major retail centers clustered on the northern limits of The City of Frederick, including Market Square, Clemson Corner, Shops at Monocacy, and the planned Village Center at Worman's Mill.


Richard Griffin Receives the 2017 Fort Detrick Alliance Col. Mark L. Hoke Distinguished Service Award

On January 23, 2017, Director of Economic Development for The City of Frederick, Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD, was honored with the Fort Detrick Alliance Col. Mark L. Hoke Distinguished Service Award. 

Griffin has served as Director of Economic Development since 2002.  An urban planner and economic developer with 25 years of experience, he has worked at the city, county, regional, and federal level in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and Washington State.

Griffin is a founding member of the Fort Detrick Alliance, which was created in 2003 by a group of local leaders led by Col. (retired) Mark Hoke and supported by the Maryland Department of Commerce Director of Federal and Military Affairs, Brigadier General Mike Hayes.

Since that time, Griffin has been heavily involved in Alliance leadership, including serving as both President and Vice-President. He and the Board of Directors have worked hard to build strong relationships between the federal and community leaders in support of the missions, jobs, and economic impact of Fort Detrick and the National Cancer Institute-Frederick. 

Over the years, Griffin has assisted and served in a liaison role with the City in supporting federal infrastructure development including new military housing, development of the Central Utility Plant, development of the new state-of-the-art National Biodefense Campus, and the NCI-Frederick, Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) at Riverside Research Park. Together with Frederick County, Griffin crafted one of the first approved Maryland BRAC Revitalization and Investment Zones for Frederick, which is still in effect. He continues to be very involved in activities regarding tech-transfer and as a moderator at various public meetings regarding federal and state contracting opportunities.

Griffin is a U.S. Army veteran, having enlisted in the early 1980s as a Cavalry Scout (Border Guard) on the East German Border with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Later, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and NC Army National Guard.

Griffin holds degrees from Western Carolina University and Clemson University. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) and others.

He and his wife Lynne, a Frederick County Public School system Spanish teacher, live with their three boys in the Baker Park neighborhood of Downtown Frederick.