Connecting the Dots of Economic Development

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Why Frederick?

The Class of 2016 set out for Economic Development Day with the goal of understanding why Frederick is a great place to do business.

We started the day at Frederick City Hall where Mayor Randy McClement discussed his philosophy of “Finding a Way to Say Yes” and the “Zero-Balance Budget”. Richard Griffin(2010), Frederick City Department of Economic Development; Helen Propheter(2010), Frederick County Office of Economic Development; and Heather Gramm(2011), Maryland Department of Commerce provided an overview of economic development. They discussed demographics, trends and expansions, sustainable initiatives, market access, commuting patterns and infrastructure, major employers, biotechnology, tourism, and commercial development.

After the presentation, the class heard from a panel of local business leaders including Daryl Boffman, Acela Technology; Tony Checchia, Frederick Indoor Sports Center, Kate Surdez(2014), Astrazeneca; and Dr. Chris Kemp, Kempbio.

Work Where There’s Room to Play

The Class also watched Work Where There’s Room to Play, a video from the City of Frederick that shows off our vibrant business culture and merchant life.

See for Yourself

With Richard Griffin as a guide, the class hit the streets for a walking tour of Carroll Creek Park and the Downtown Frederick area. The class was joined by Danielle Doll from the Downtown Frederick Partnership who discussed the impact of design and planning on the merchant community.

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Then it was off to the Bechtel campus for lunch from Manalu and the Broker’s Prospective presentation from Avision Young. The class learned about development plans and progress for the Westview South area and got an in depth look at Avision Young’s integrated approach to commercial real estate.

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The day continued with a tour of Wright Manufacturing conducted by their president, Shawn Wolfe. Their motto is E2B4 which means Everybody-Everyday Building Mowers-Building Teams-Building Companies-Building Lives.

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The final stop was Flying Dog Brewery, where the class got a tour and a lesson from CEO Jim Caruso.

“The World wants you to fit in, and not fitting in makes the world uncomfortable. Don’t fit in” – Jim Caruso, Flying Dog Brewery

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Special thanks to David Rogers and Brooke Anthony for taking photos, and to Jodie Bollinger(2014) who assisted throughout the day.


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