Frederick’s Future: Bridging Business & Education


The following post was submitted by Ric Adams, President and CEO of the Frederick Chamber.

FCBREAs a business community, the connections we make drive Frederick County forward. However, my question to you is this: Are you reaching back a hand to bring tomorrow’s leaders alongside you?

You may have heard the proverb, “One generation plants trees under whose shade future generations rest.” This is how a society grows great. How are you ensuring that future professionals, business owners, and community leaders will execute the ideas and vision of today’s leaders?

In May of this year, 20 local business leaders brought classroom learning to life for Frederick County Public School students. More than 500 FCPS seventh graders joined Frederick County Business Roundtable for Education (FCBRE) at the sixth annual FutureLink Conference, and learned more about how the subjects they love in school translate into real life careers.

As I mentioned, Chamber members are the community leaders that move Frederick toward the brightest of futures. How can you “make it real” for Generation Z? How can you ensure that tomorrow’s leaders will carry on the carefully crafted vision we currently share for Frederick County?

I hope you’ll join my colleagues and I as we meet with more than 150 teachers at the first annual Academic Business Connection this month to answer just that question. This is the first step in bringing Frederick forward, together.

As we move onward, my challenge to you is this: Pause to plant the seeds that will grow a great and vibrant Frederick for the future.

Editor’s Note: The Academic Business Connection (ABC) social and networking event is on Tuesday, October 29 at Holly Hills Country Club from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. More information about ABC is available online at Register online or call 301.662.4164 x1 to attend the event.

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