A Day to Celebrate Heroes

The Annual Public Safety Awards are an opportunity for the business community to come together and thank the first-responders who protect Frederick County. On March 8, 2016, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 5th Annual Public Safety Awards breakfast at the Brunswick Fire Hall and welcomed more than 330 guests, honorees, and elected officials.

Marine Cpl. Justin Bunce

This year we were honored to have Marine Cpl. Justin Bunce in attendance. While serving in Iraq in 2004, he was hit by an IED planted inside a wall. The experience left him nearly blind in one eye and with limited use of his left arm and leg.

Justin has also lent his name to a service dog in training through the Warrior Canine Project. WUSA-9 reporter and our award ceremony emcee Andrea McCarren is training puppy Bunce, an English Labrador Retriever, to be placed with a wounded warrior in need of physical or psychological assistance.

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2016 Honorees

The 2016 Awards celebrated the men and women of Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Services. Among the 18 award groups, we recognized the individuals who responded to the February 2015 Frederick High School shooting, the response team who saved 8 lives on Lake Linganore, Officers of the Year, civilian heroes, and superior supervisors. We thanked officers who take their own time and money to care for children in need, who plan summer camps and safe environments for at risk youth, and who secure the courthouses and our streets.

2016 PSA Honorees


Program Book


Honoree Video

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Support from the Business Community

These awards are supported by businesses across Frederick County. From providing the program books, signage, decorations, and more, this ceremony wouldn’t be possible without their support. Special thanks to Gold sponsors CorpOHS, Hankey’s Radio, Complete Document Solutions, and Paul Davis Restoration.

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Photos: Brad Barnwell Photography • View more photos on the Chamber Facebook Page

Straight Talk

 

Did you know drug abuse in the workplace costs the American economy $81 billion annually? Perhaps even more surprising is that  70% of the 15 million Americans who use drugs are employed. Drug users will try to remain employed above all so that they have money to pay for the drugs.

With such an impact on the American business, The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce and The Frederick County Sheriff’s Department sponsored a Drugs in the Workplace Seminar on March 3, 2015 featuring speaker Mike Gimble. Mike Gimble has been in the field of substance abuse education, treatment and prevention for over 30 years and has developed programs for athletes, coaches and parents, and is certified by the NCAA to provide services to all college athletes across the United States. Mike has served on the SADD National Board of Directors, testified in front of Congress and received numerous awards for his work for those suffering from a substance abuse problem. He has over 40 year’s sobriety himself and brings a first hand knowledge to his presentations.

Mike Gimbel
Mike Gimbel

During the event, Mike discussed the types of drugs that commonly are being used in the workplace. Stimulants are frequently used to enhance performance on the job and common medications that are used to treat ADHD, such as Adderall and Ritalin, are easily available. Students are also using Adderall and Ritalin to help with studying and exams. They are even sharing the drugs at no cost with fellow students.

Sheriff Jenkins displayed for businesses the drugs that are frequently being used. From street drugs like Heroin and Marijuana, to pills such as Molly and prescription medications Oxyconton. He demonstrated ways employees will conceal their drugs in common items like highlighter pens, lipstick tubes, and more. Though it might be easy to think our community doesn’t have a significant drug problem, or that your business isn’t impacted, the statistics suggest otherwise. Frederick County had 98 Heroin related overdoes in 2014, 27 of which were fatal.

The need for Drug Free Workplace Policies and how to develop them were discussed. How does drug testing work and is it right for your business? Where do employers turn to seek help for their employees? There are training programs available to help employers learn the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse as well as assist businesses with policies and procedures. Employee Assistance Programs are also available.

Business Health is a program of the Frederick Chamber designed to help businesses improve workplace wellness. For more information on Business Health programs, Employee Assistance Programs, and more contact Jenny Morgan at jmorgan@frederickchamber.org or 301-662-4164 x 220. If you think your business or any of your employees has a drug problem or have any questions please feel free to contact Sheriff Jenkins at Frederick County Sheriff’s office 301-600-1532.

 

 

CE Q9

Jan Gardner (Democratic)

We need to take advantage our opportunities to leverage job growth. We have tremendous opportunity to expand our life science and bio-tech industries by investing in our business incubator, supporting the commercialization of research completed at Ft. Detrick, joining regional efforts like BioHealth Innovation, and supporting education. We need to make sure Frederick Community College and the Maryland Higher Education Center help us to attract businesses that depend on a well-trained workforce.  I support public/private partnerships to solve problems like road infrastructure and the construction of the downtown hotel conference center. Fundamentally, government should do its job.

 


Blaine R. Young (Republican)

Public-Private Partnerships are an important tool to build new infrastructure. They are a great way to maximize taxpayer dollars, in that they wed private and public funds together to build large projects. One note of caution, however, is taxpayer funds should never be used on projects that solely benefit the private-sector. Instead these partnerships should be used for infrastructure projects.

 

View the entire candidate survey and elections guide.

 

The Chamber surveyed all candidates and assembled their responses. Though all candidates were sent a copy of our survey, not all of them responded. The responses received are presented verbatim. For more information on joining the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce contact info@frederickchamber.org or call 301.662.4164.

 

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

 

CC Q7

At Large

 Susan Reeder Jessee (Democratic)

Political party means little when there is a job to do. I have spent my career working with people from all over the world towards a common good in science. I would take this experience and my ability to see the bigger picture into any decision I would make.


Linda Marie Norris (Democratic)

One of my mantras is, there is a little right to every side, every argument. Quagmire in political party politics is a frustration I would like to avoid at all costs here in Frederick County, and I will do everything in my power to encourage my colleagues to see the … (answer exceeds word limit)


Bud Otis (Republican)

I have done it in the pasted as I developed relationships with members of the other party in Washington and it made it much easier when you wanted to get something done. You work with friends and if you are friendly; it sure makes the job easier to get legislation … (answer exceeds word limit)


Billy Shreve (Republican)

Check out www.BelieveInShreve.com for more information or call me at 301-639-4763. You may also re-visit my extensive & exhaustive Chamber Survey completed prior to the primary. Collaboratively. I have worked with R’s & D’s my entire life to pass State Laws in Annapolis & County Laws in Frederick both BEFORE  … (answer exceeds word limit)

 

 

District 1

Jerry Donald (Democratic)

I will work with anyone on an issue, regardless of party. People should be able to disagree without being disagreeable. Just because I disagree with someone on one issue doesn’t mean we can’t work together on something else.

 

District 2

Annette Breiling (Democratic)

I believe in working across party lines and that there is usually truth in each side of an issue. I believe in looking for and responding to the good in all people. When we differ, I try to express my view in a way that does not belittle others.

 

District 4

 Jessica Fitzwater (Democratic)

We are all in this for the same reason: to make Frederick County the best place to live, work, and raise a family. I look forward to working with a diverse group of council members who will bring unique perspectives to the table, regardless of political party.


Robert “Bob” Lawrence (Republican)

Political considerations should have no bearing on what is best for Frederick County. Once appointed to the BZA and the FCPC I have always sought consensus among board members to reach decisions for the benefit of all interested parties without consideration to anyone’s political affiliation.

District 5

 Mark Long (Democratic)

In my professional work, I relate with all kinds of people on a daily basis and members of my extended family have different political outlooks from mine. As a member of Council, my focus will be on doing what is best for Frederick County as a whole. To accomplish that … (answer exceeds word limit)


Kirby Delauter (Republican)

 

 

 

View the entire candidate survey and elections guide.

 

The Chamber surveyed all candidates and assembled their responses. Though all candidates were sent a copy of our survey, not all of them responded. The responses received are presented verbatim. For more information on joining the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce contact info@frederickchamber.org or call 301.662.4164.

 

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

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At Large

 Susan Reeder Jessee (Democratic)

As an original board member of the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) and current client selection committee member, I am very familiar with the benefits of public/private partnerships and their success in creating jobs. The county cut funding to $0 to this job creator and FITIC barely survived.


Linda Marie Norris (Democratic)

Public-Private Partnerships play a vital role, whether in economic development initiatives such as the Carroll Creek project, and the downtown hotel and conference center; county infrastructure needs such as road, fire stations and parks, or the provision of services such as Head Start by the YMCA or public mental health  … (answer exceeds word limit)


Bud Otis (Republican)

A Hugh roll! You cannot disassociate the two. We need to work together to bring new Companies to our County and the leaders of our Businesses need to be asked to join the Council members as we present a united team in our efforts. I have been asked to do … (answer exceeds word limit)


Billy Shreve (Republican)

Check out www.BelieveInShreve.com for more information or call me at 301-639-4763. You may also re-visit my extensive & exhaustive Chamber Survey completed prior to the primary.  It varies. Sometimes private companies are better & sometimes public are better. Constantly changes based on the market conditions. Results of my collaborative efforts … (answer exceeds word limit)

 

District 1

Jerry Donald (Democratic)

Public/Private partnerships have been valuable to get things accomplished in the last thirty years. As long as what is being done is in the public interest I am in favor of them when it is appropriate.

 

District 2

Annette Breiling (Democratic)

Public/private partnerships can enhance economic opportunities and jobswhen they leverage public funds to accomplish more with limited public funds. The quality of negotiations are important, however, to assure that the terms are in the best public interest vs. the profit of the private corporation.

 

District 4

 Jessica Fitzwater (Democratic)

Public/private partnerships can create positive outcomes in economic development that often could not happen without private sector investment. The process by which each potential partnership is evaluated, financed, and held accountable is critical to its success. Opportunities must be viewed on a case-by-case basis.


Robert “Bob” Lawrence (Republican)

Neither the public sector nor the private sector alone can be the driver of economic growth in Frederick County. Good examples of public/private partnership which enhance economic development are cooperative efforts to increase road capacity and the proposed downtown hotel and conference center.

District 5

 Mark Long (Democratic)

Public/private partnerships can have a useful role to play in economic growth and job development if done thoughtfully and under the right circumstances. They should be explored and encouraged when the right opportunities present themselves.

 


Kirby Delauter (Republican)

 

 

 

View the entire candidate survey and elections guide.

 

The Chamber surveyed all candidates and assembled their responses. Though all candidates were sent a copy of our survey, not all of them responded. The responses received are presented verbatim. For more information on joining the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce contact info@frederickchamber.org or call 301.662.4164.

 

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

CC Q5

 

At Large

 Susan Reeder Jessee (Democratic)

The ability to work together as a team with the County Executive from Day 1 is critical in this historic time in Frederick County. It’s about being civil and respecting other points of view and I believe that great ideas can be generated from thought provoking discussions.


Linda Marie Norris (Democratic)

The Charter sets the number of formal meetings (where legislation can be proposed and passed) of the County Council. These meetings, in my mind, are directed and run by the council without the participation of the County Executive. However, this collaboration will be necessary and I propose monthly Council/executive briefings… (answer exceeds word limit)


Bud Otis (Republican)

I will treat the new County Executive with respect. They will have been elected by a majority of the votes of the citizen’s of this great county and so by respecting the Executive I am respecting the voters in this County. I may disagree with the Executive but I don’t … (answer exceeds word limit)


Billy Shreve (Republican)

Check out www.BelieveInShreve.com for more information or call me at 301-639-4763. You may also re-visit my extensive & exhaustive Chamber Survey completed prior to the primary. Collaboratively. I have worked with R’s & D’s my entire life to pass State Laws in Annapolis & County Laws in Frederick both BEFORE … (answer exceeds word limit)

 

District 1

Jerry Donald (Democratic)

It will be in the interest of both the new Executive and Council to try and work together, no matter what party we belong to or what interest groups support us. Compromise is a necessity.

 

District 2

Annette Breiling (Democratic)

I will listen carefully to the executive’s positions regarding the issues we face as we in the council determine appropriate legislation. I will seek areas of common ground, rely on factual data when possible, and work collaboratively to find solutions that best meet the needs of those involved.

 

District 4

 Jessica Fitzwater (Democratic)

The newly-elected council will set a precedent for charter government. It is imperative for us to establish open lines of communication with the executive so that we are using the best decision-making process possible.Transparent government is critical to gaining the trust of citizens and moving Frederick County forward.


Robert “Bob” Lawrence (Republican)

I believe that no one should come into office with a personal agenda set in stone. I will initiate and be receptive to dialogue between the Executive and Council to solve the issues that will arise. I am a firm believer that collaborative and cooperative efforts are necessary to eliminate … (answer exceeds word limit)

 

District 5

 Mark Long (Democratic)

First, I would study any issues that arise and gain an understanding of the issues. As a part of this process, I would encourage input from stakeholders and any interested citizens that have knowledge of and/or concerns regarding the issues. Communication is essential. To address issues and arrive at the … (answer exceeds word limit)


Kirby Delauter (Republican)

 

 

View the entire candidate survey and elections guide.

 

The Chamber surveyed all candidates and assembled their responses. Though all candidates were sent a copy of our survey, not all of them responded. The responses received are presented verbatim. For more information on joining the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce contact info@frederickchamber.org or call 301.662.4164.

 

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

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At Large

 Susan Reeder Jessee (Democratic)

My MBA and 20+ years of working in business roles in government and private industry, provides me with the background necessary to understand Frederick County’s budgets and spending practices. I have worked directly in putting together budgets in response to government contracts as well as contracting out goods and services from government agencies. I have also been part of the team that works on the yearly budget as part of the strategic planning process.


Linda Marie Norris (Democratic)

As Recycling Director of the Frederick County Recycling Office for 10 years, I prepared budgets In excess of $1 million per year; prepared RFPs and contracts and monitored their compliance.


Bud Otis (Republican)

I have been the President of a company with sales of 25 million dollars a year with 300 employees and I know how to make money. I always did our planning for the business five years into the future. By doing so we always had money in the bank for new equipment. While working in Congress with Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett we dealt with our Federal Budget and he did everything he could to cut … (answer exceeds word limit)


Billy Shreve (Republican)

Check out www.BelieveInShreve.com for more information or call me at 301-639-4763. You may also re-visit my extensive & exhaustive Chamber Survey completed prior to the primary. I have completed & passed 4 budgets, lowered taxes, built several roads & schools, and reduced the size of government in the process.

 

District 1

Jerry Donald (Democratic)

The Charter allows the Council to approve or cut the budget.  I have looked at the County budget and at the BOE budget for years. I had to balance budgets as a member of the Braddock Heights Community Association (I am a past board member and president). In terms of budget items I would be most likely to vote for a budget that has in it my priorities in education and road infrastructure.

 

District 2

Annette Breiling (Democratic)

In the management of two independent schools, I have had extensive experience in budget creation and management. I was able to steer both schools through enormous financial challenges and I know the pain of addressing priorities while staying within our means.  I have been studying the much more complex county budget and will need to work with the executive and staff to further appraise departmental spending.

 

District 4

 Jessica Fitzwater (Democratic)

I’ve studied the last several county budgets carefully and I’ve familiarized myself with county budget processes. As part of my school leadership team, I worked on developing a school-wide budget and learned to balance priorities, gather information, and make data-driven decisions. I will thoroughly read reports, talk with county staff, and listen to concerned citizens when making county budgetary decisions. Most importantly, I will ask tough questions and make decisions based on facts.


Robert “Bob” Lawrence (Republican)

My experience as Acting Finance Supervisor in the Frederick Maryland Post Office and as Postmaster in the U.S. Postal Service has given me hands on experience in developing and implementing government budgeting. Additionally I have served on the Board of Trustees and as Finance Committee Chairperson of a homeowners association which owns its own facilities including a road network and has an annual budget above a million dollars.

 

District 5

 Mark Long (Democratic)

I’ve had experience working with budgets of non-profit groups, as well as church denominational level budgets. I also operate my own small business. While having no direct experience with governmental budgets, I believe some of my experience is transferable. The key is to establish priorities and realistically analyze costs required to implement priorities and deliver core services.


Kirby Delauter (Republican)

My knowledge is fairly extensive in this area. I was on the budget committee in 2013 and 2014. I was the Commissioner that proposed the elimination of the trailer tax, as well as the admissions / amusement tax. I also was in agreement of eliminating the excise tax. I also started the 18 month review of the fleet budget and help enact a pilot program to dispose of and repurpose excess assets for a recurring … (answer exceeds word limit)

 

 

View the entire candidate survey and elections guide.

 

The Chamber surveyed all candidates and assembled their responses. Though all candidates were sent a copy of our survey, not all of them responded. The responses received are presented verbatim. For more information on joining the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce contact info@frederickchamber.org or call 301.662.4164.

 

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

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At Large

 Susan Reeder Jessee (Democratic)

Frederick County has witnessed tremendous growth and if handled properly results is good business and communities. A check and balance system must be in place to take into consideration the impact on schools, roads, and infrastructure. I would concentrate new residential and commercial growth in targeted growth areas according to the current Comprehensive Plan, re-establish the APFO, work closely with developers towards a balance on development costs, while preserving and maintaining adequate open space.


Linda Marie Norris (Democratic)

First as a reporter, then as a citizen, I have followed the evolution of Article 66B, Smart Growth and what has changed from planning regions to Community Growth areas and other phrases since the mid-1980s. The Frederick County Planning and Zoning division led a stellar public process to obtain feedback on the Comprehensive Plan Update of 2010, producing a well-researched and thoughtful document.

The revisions of 2012, while warranted in some cases and over-reaching in … (answer exceeds word limit)


Bud Otis (Republican)

It depends who you talk with. We are going to have growth; it is how we manage it that counts with the citizens. Recently it seems that a lot of development has come on line, however the economy as turned around and it has enabled developers to be able to move forward on projects that they have been sitting on for a while. I have seen the maps and Zoning Ordinance. The problem comes when … (answer exceeds word limit)


Billy Shreve (Republican)

Check out www.BelieveInShreve.com for more information or call me at 301-639-4763. You may also re-visit my extensive & exhaustive Chamber Survey completed prior to the primary.

The market determines growth in both the commercial and residential markets. I am a Commercial Realtor and have sat on and Chaired many Planning and Zoning boards since my completion of Leadership Frederick County in 2000. The only “new” tool introduced in the new millennium is a contract between … (answer exceeds word limit)

 

District 1

Jerry Donald (Democratic)

At the moment Frederick County is growing slowly due to the economy. Most of the housing growth the last few years has been in the municipalities. However, the current BOCC has put many housing developments in place so that housing growth could quickly accelerate to the “too fast” level.  If I am elected to the Council I will not be in favor of opening up the County Comprehensive and Zoning Ordinance to more growth in … (answer exceeds word limit)

 

District 2

Annette Breiling (Democratic)

Relevant infrastructure must accompany growth. I believe that overall county growth is reasonable, but that my District 2 has serious issues with school overcrowding and an inadequate Rt. 75. I’ve read the Comprehensive Plan section on “Managing Our Growth,”and the Zoning Map Amendments for the MTC and Casey PUDs. I skimmed the Zoning Ordinance online and had experience with some of the regulations while developing land and buildings at Friends Meeting School.

 

District 4

 Jessica Fitzwater (Democratic)

We can do a better job applying smart growth principles to planning/zoning which affect other goals, such as avoiding overcrowded schools and congested roads. I have reviewed our Zoning Ordinance as well as our Comprehensive Plan which provides a well-planned vision for Frederick County. However, the 2012 revisions to the corresponding map are incompatible with the plan’s principles and goals. We have more homes in the pipeline than we need based on current population projections.


Robert “Bob” Lawrence (Republican)

Frederick County is growing at the right pace. For a decade the County Comprehensive Plan envisions 1500 housing units a year. In 2013 we had 1,293 permits issued and are on pace for +/-1400 units this year. My four years of service on the Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals and four years on the Frederick County Planning Commission give me an intimate working knowledge of both the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance.

 

District 5

 Mark Long (Democratic)

Fewer building permits are being issued now than say in 2005/6, but that is mostly due to the lasting effects of the real estate/economic meltdown of 2007/8. Many new developments have been approved over the last 4 years that may stress our ability to provide sufficient classroom space, safe and adequate roads and other services in the future. Yes, I am familiar with the 2010 Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments made in 2012.


Kirby Delauter (Republican)

The County is at a current growth rate not seen since the 1960’s. Over the last 5 years less than 600 units annually were built, when just in order to pay bond debt on our infrastructure and schools, we need a minimum of 1500 units per year. So I would say at this time the county is growing too slow. I would like to see approximatley 1500 units annually which would comply with the MD … (answer exceeds word limit)

 

 

The Chamber surveyed all candidates and assembled their responses. Though all candidates were sent a copy of our survey, not all of them responded. The responses received are presented verbatim. For more information on joining the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce contact info@frederickchamber.org or call 301.662.4164.

View the entire candidate survey and elections guide.

 

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

CC Q2

 

At Large

 Susan Reeder Jessee (Democratic)

County staff has decreased, yet the budget itself has increased. My experience in economic development proved to me that we should: Re-establish the Business Development Advisory Council so that we have a true pulse with the business community, restore the Economic Development name and provide them with the tools that they need to recruit new companies while assisting companies here, restore funding to FITCI, and enhance retail. Better paying jobs locally will boost the economy.


Linda Marie Norris (Democratic)

Take advantage of the research activity taking place at Fort Detrick and related biotechnology firms; green technology and the tourism industry (especially the downtown hotel and conference center) are three drivers for economic growth in our community. A laser focus on growing these areas — finding the right incentives to attract and retain expanding businesses from other areas and to nurture startups in our own– is necessary, and involves an “all hands on deck” approach … (answer exceeds word limit)


Bud Otis (Republican)

I would like to have a person assigned from the Economic Development office to be our point person with Fort Detrick so they can help our local business in securing contracts from the base. I would like to have legislation establishing an advisory Board to the Economic Development Office made up of businesses and retired executives in Frederick to help in securing new businesses from other states and even surrounding Maryland counties.


Billy Shreve (Republican)

Check out www.BelieveInShreve.com for more information or call me at 301-639-4763. You may also re-visit my extensive & exhaustive Chamber Survey completed prior to the primary. Reduced and/or Eliminated 265 taxes & fees during this term as County Commissioner and made Fredrick County known as “Open for Business” in the State of MD. More of the same on the County Council.

 

District 1

Jerry Donald (Democratic)

My vision for improving economic opportunity is to help the BOE create a first class school system and to have the transportation infrastructure in place so that businesses want to relocate or start here. I will vote to fund education above MOE. I would like to start road improvements by adding shoulders to many of our connector roads that lack them

 

District 2

Annette Breiling (Democratic)

  • Maintain strong Chamber and Business Development and Retention Department, including support for new businesses in site selection, fast-tracking of permit processes, and PR.
  • Support budgets of schools and nonprofits which provide jobs that uplift many.
  • Reduce job outsourcing.
  • Increase minimum wage. (States that increased minimum wage also reduced unemployment.)
  • Change zoning to allow Tiny Houses and other affordable housing.
  • Repeal “English Only Ordinance” which can deter business with diverse workforces wanting to relocate here.

 

District 4

 Jessica Fitzwater (Democratic)

I will move to revitalize our Economic Development Department from its downsizing in recent years and reinstate the Business Advisory Council. We must work on both retaining and attracting businesses to the community while hearing from local business leaders on a regular basis. Funding for the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) must also be restored to previous levels to provide small businesses with an incubator to support their growth.


Robert “Bob” Lawrence (Republican)

In my utopian world, every citizen would have the opportunity to “Live Work and Play” in their community if they so choose. To that end I would propose that the Office of Business Development and Retention once again become a standalone entity and be augmented with increased staffing and funding. I would propose a comprehensive review of current business regulations with the goal of easing the opening and expansion of businesses.

 

District 5

 Mark Long (Democratic)

Improving economic opportunity is a top priority. I will advocate for restoring the Division of Business Development and Retention to Department level in order to give Economic Development and Opportunity the attention it deserves and I will also advocate for additional support for our Bio-Science Incubator (FITCI). To assist our agribusiness, I’ll advocate for filling the vacant Agricultural Specialist position and I would like to explore the feasibility of developing an Agricultural Incubator.


Kirby Delauter (Republican)

In order to enhance economic activity I would expand on the previous boards’ business friendly action items and maintain that the county is “open for business”. I don’t have any specific legislation in mind, but possibly to enact some temporary tax credits for new and expanding businesses to entice them to come here and expand here in Frederick County.

 

 

The Chamber surveyed all candidates and assembled their responses. Though all candidates were sent a copy of our survey, not all of them responded. The responses received are presented verbatim. For more information on joining the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce contact info@frederickchamber.org or call 301.662.4164.

View the entire candidate survey and elections guide.

 

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

Winchester Hall

The day began at Winchester Hall in the hearing room. “Where the magic happens” is how Rick Weldon describe the space. Where many passionate, enthusiastic conversations and debates are held in a public forum that influence the direction and policy of Frederick County.

Jim Gugel, Planning Director for Frederick County, along with Joe Adkins, Deputy Director of Planning for Frederick City, set the ground work for the day.  They explained how planners make challenging decisions regarding future growth for the Frederick community, while attempting to satisfy politicians and citizens.  Monrovia Town center is evidence that it’s not an easy task.  In the next 20 years Frederick expects the county population to grow by 60,000 and housing by 23,000, while the City of Frederick expects to grow by 20,000.  Sounds like a challenging job!

Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development with The City of Frederick, was next up to give us the scoop on their role in the future of Frederick from a business development standpoint.  Fort Detrick is the largest employer in Frederick County, but 95% of the business in Frederick are small businesses, with less than 50 employees.  We learned about some of the new projects coming in the next few years from the Jefferson Technology Park to the new Walmart Supercenter to the Downtown Frederick Hotel Project.

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Monocacy Valley Cannery

After a couple hours in the center of town, we took a short walk to the Eastside – to the old Monocacy Valley Cannery, currently being redeveloped by Bert Anderson. Bert Anderson, known for his Shab Row and Everedy Sqaure developments, is creating office space at the Cannery to attract more businesses and opportunity to Frederick. The space is nearing completion, revitalizing a historic 19th century commercial canning operation to a modern meets historic office space. It has even attracted an international pharmaceutical company to Frederick; Chiesi has locations in Italy, Paris, London, and soon to Frederick, MD. That’s kinda cool!

Riverside Industrial Park

Riverside Industrial Park is home to The Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) which is the anchor facility of the National Cancer Institute. (A lot of smart people work there!) The ATRF is designed to breed collaboration among partners and advance technologies that translate research discoveries into treatments for cancer and AIDS. Walter Hubert, Assistant Project Officer at NCI, hosted us and gave us a great tour. We walked away with a biology lesson and an understanding of the far reaching impact of technologies and discoveries taking place right here in Frederick County.

SONY DSC  SONY DSCClass Planning Exercise

We wrapped up the day with an exercise, where in small groups we were asked to be the planners for the city. Our task was to develop a city plan for growth that would accommodate needs for the next 20 years. Five groups developed five completely different plans. If nothing else, it was 30 minutes of recognizing the challenges city/county planners face on a day to day basis, and we didn’t even have restrictions or elected officials to deal with!

At the end of the day, Frederick is a vibrant place to live and work. Based on the sampling of our day, the next 20 years are ripe with opportunity for the Frederick community.

Last month, Chamber TV Special Correspondent Justin Saltzman (Liberty Mutual Insurance) caught up with Professor Cyd Maubert (Mount St. Mary’s University) at the Frederick New Media & Technology Conference (FredNMT). Justin and Cyd dove into the nuts and bolts of copywriting for the web, and why it’s important for your organization. 

Relevant links for this segment:

Copyblogger Online Blog
NEW Frederick Chamber Website
New Media & Technology Conference Information
Official Hashtag on Twitter: #FredNMT
Mount St. Mary’s University, Frederick Campus
Link update: Presentation documents from the FredNMT “Medal Winning Copy” session will be posted to this page shortly

Do you have a topic for Chamber TV that explores leadership, advocacy, or education?  Email your suggestion to editor@frederickchamber.org.

About the Awards

At the third annual Public Safety Awards on March 11, 2014 more than 330 professionals gathered to celebrate the hard work and achievements of Frederick County Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services personnel. The event included breakfast provided by Leiter’s Fine Catering and a ceremony including video presentations detailing the incident and responses that lead to the award winner’s nomination. Thank you to Kim Dacey, emcee. Dacey, a Frederick native, joined WBAL-TV 11 in 2007 where she has been a reporter, anchor, and producer. Currently she is a general assignment reporter and delivers morning traffic reports.

2014 Award Winners

Download the 2014 Public Safety Awards ceremony program book for a complete description of award criteria and incident details

  • People's Choice Award - Law Enforcement

    Michele Bowman
  • Officer of the Year - Frederick City Police

    Corporal Charles Snyder
  • Leadership Award

    Sergeant Thomas Leone
  • Unit Achievement Award

    Frederick Police Department's Uniformed Auxiliary
  • Life Saving Award

    Officer Brian Wolf
  • Distinguished Service Award

    Officer Andrew Alger Officer Jason Essel Officer Wade Milyard
  • Civilian Employee of the Year

    Dispatcher Tyler Hill
  • Officer of the Year - Brunswick

    Corporal Christopher Handler
  • Officer of the Year - Thurmont

    Corporal Daniel Fitzgerald
  • Trooper of the Year - State Police

    Trooper First Class Adam Matthai
  • Deputy of the Year - Sheriff's Office

    Corporal John Packard

  • People's Choice Award - Fire & Rescue

    Citizen's Truck Company
  • Career Firefighter of the Year

    Firefighter Daniel Ging
  • Life Saving Award

    Firefighter Daniel Minnick Firefighter Technician Mark Hinkle
  • Bronze Medal of Outstanding Performance

    Cheif Benjamin Nalborczyk Captain Matthew Thews Lieutenant Newman Carmack Firefighter David Bowman Firefighter Paul Hackey Firefighter Thomas Hanagan, II Firefighter Michael Metzger Firefighter William Veith Firefighter & Chaplain Gary White Firefighter Derek White
  • Silver Medal of Bravery

    Lieutenant Joshua Laird Firefighter Matthew Knight Firefighter Kenneth Sollers Technician Steven Williams
  • Gold Medal of Valor

    Firefighter Jonathan Haddad

Sponsors

Community support is a cornerstone of this event and our generous sponsors make it possible to honor these hometown heroes.

Silver Sponsors

Frederick County Bank
Frederick Mutual Insurance Company
Mount Saint Mary's University
State Farm Agents: Missy Baker, WIll Ehrenpresis, Danielle Leonard, Tim Winter

Bronze Sponsors

The Plamondon Companies

Table Sponsors

Acela Technologies
Atlantic Emergency Solutions
Bechtel
BNBI
Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby, LLP
Canam Steel Corporation

Colonial Jewelers Comcast Community Living Frederick Brick Works The Frederick News-Post Keeney & Basford Funeral Homes P.A. Leidos Biomedial Research Inc., McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond

Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management Miles & Stockbridge Municipal Emergency Services National Safety Supply Photohog Photography PNC Bank Rodgers Consulting Stauffer Funeral Homes Top Quality Janitorial Services Warner Services

Does your online presence match your organization's message?
Does your online presence match your organization’s message?

Every business owner knows their products and services. They understand why they’re in business, and they know what they hope to achieve related to sales, contracts, and customers. The more compelling question is this: What do your customers see when they look at you?

To really answer that, we need to look at what methods your customers use to “see” you. Maybe you’re in retail. Is your store inviting? Is it well-lit? Is the entrance visible to passerby?

No matter your industry, how is your web presence? Is your website easy to navigate? Are you tracking online reviews? Increasingly, potential customers are posting about their experiences on web customer review sites. These sites give customers a megaphone to either give credit or grind an axe.

Connect to that feedback, both the good and — more importantly — the bad. Chamber members have two useful tools to help shape their online image:

  1. Online Business Directory – A listing on the Chamber business directory gives your business credibility and web traffic. Make sure your business description and contact information is up-to-date with relevant keywords and contact information. You can update this by logging into the Members Only portal.
  2. Marketing Training – We also have a number of training and lecture sessions on e-commerce, social media, and web presence. The upcoming New Media & Tech Conference on Thursday, February 13 is a great example! We will connect you with local experts that can help you make sure your customers see you in exactly the way you want to be seen!

Editor’s Note: Member Monday by Rick Weldon is published on the biz blog the first Monday of each month. The February post was delayed to Tuesday, February 4 due to inclement weather. 

This December we launched Chamber TV: On The Go & In The Know!

Special correspondents for the upcoming Season 4 On The Go include Justin Saltzman (Liberty Mutual Insurance), Jenna DeStefano (Healthy4Lyfe), Joe Porpiglia (D&D Consulting and Training), and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber).

This month, we interviewed Danny Farrar, Founder of SoliderFit, about how to embody your brand. His advice: “YOU are you brand!” Check out the episode to learn more about why Danny believes Frederick is a great place to open a business, and how your team can help grow your brand and spread your message.

We also got a glimpse into Public Safety Day with the Leadership Frederick County class of 2014.

The episode wraps up with an interview with 2013 Young Professional of the Year, Michelle Day of Frederick County Workforce Services. Michelle discusses important qualities of leadership and shares her advice to young professionals. Tammy Feaster, Generation Connect co-chair, explains how and why Michelle was selected as YP2013 out of a total of 30 applicants.

Links in this episode:
Getting Employees to Act on Your Brand Promise
Leadership Frederick County: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Young Professional of the Year Event Recap
Frederick Chamber YouTube Channel

Do you have a topic for Chamber TV that explores leadership, advocacy, or education?  Email your suggestion to editor@frederickchamber.org.

Jennifer Alcorn (The Plamondon Companies), a member of the Generation Connect Steering Committee.

Generation Connect knows how to throw a party! The room was abuzz with excitement and networking at the Generation Connect Third Birthday Party & Chamber Networking Event on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.  A few words come to mind when reflecting on the event: Anticipation, energy, excitement, and accomplishment. As a steering committee member it gave me such a sense of fulfillment to see us bring a fantastic third year to a close. The venue — Hilton Garden Inn, Frederick — was fantastic and the staff provided top of the line food, drinks, and service.

Along with all 150 attendees, GenConnect celebrated the following accomplishments:

  • A new series of events featuring an educational breakfast and local experts
  • 10 networking events for professionals, especially those ages 21-40
  • The Second Annual Not Your Mama’s Crab Feast at Ceresville Mansion
  • $1,277.60 raised for Hospice of Frederick County from 2013 event proceeds
  • The first ever Young Professional of the Year

The excitement of the evening swirled around the inaugural Young Professional of the Year award. An amazing group of 30 nominees were narrowed to the Top 5 Finalists, and then one was named the YP of 2013. Continue reading “Michelle Day named Young Professional of the Year 2013”

Meghan Butler
Director of Events

We’re pleased to welcome Meghan Butler to the Frederick Chamber as Director of Events.  Meghan brings experience with event planning and philanthropy as well as an excitement to meet new people and build connections.

Meghan joins us by way of Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, where she worked for three and a half years as an event coordinator. She is also co-founder of WISH: Women Inspiring Supporting and Helping, a networking group focused on taking action in the community. Meghan is also a strong supporter of Par For a Cause, a golf tournament benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that has raised more than $100,000 in over five years.

A native of Mount Airy, Meghan has lived in Frederick for seven years and says she enjoys the downtown and the convenience of the city. She has had her real estate license for 8 years. In her spare time she enjoys visiting family and baking cookies.

Welcome to the team, Meghan!

South Mountain Creamery
Chris and her classmates scope out the homemade ice cream selection at South Mountain Creamery.

Ice cream for breakfast, a gourmet meal of locally-grown seasonal vegetables, grains, and meats, followed by wine and chocolate for dinner… Could Ag Day with Leadership Frederick County get any better?!

Weaving our way from Middletown to Mt. Airy, our Day in the Life of Frederick County Agriculture included South Mountain Creamery, Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, England Acres Farm, Paradise Stables, and Black Ankle Vineyards.  This was just a “taste” of the 1,400+ farms that make Frederick County the largest agricultural county in Maryland!  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s nice to know that we rank #1 in turkeys!

The ag industry is a vital part of the economy and quality of life in Frederick County. As the county grows and is able to provide more and better services to it’s citizens, so does the ag industry.  With 664 square miles of rolling mountains, flat river valleys, bubbling streams, and bright green pastures, I feel truly blessed to live in such a vibrant community.

Editor’s Note: Many thanks goes to the entire Ag Day team, especially Colby Ferguson of Frederick County Business Development and Retention.

The season 3 finale was co-hosted by Joe Porpiglia (D&D Consulting and Training) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) at the Chamber Studio.

Our episode opens with Dr. Mimi McLaughlin of McLaughlin Family Chiropractic. Dr. Mimi discusses workplace ergonomics, because it’s critical to stay fit in order to increase productivity and wellness in the workplace! Watch this episode for Dr. Mimi’s tips.

We were also joined by Michelle Day, Business Services Manager at Frederick County Workforce Services. Michelle brings up another valid HR issues: hiring for your organization. Michelle tells us what to ask and what qualities to look for in a potential new hire. Continue reading “Chamber TV: Episode 35”

The following post was submitted by Rick Weldon, Member Relations Manager at the Frederick Chamber. 

Chamber members attended New Member Reception on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
Chamber members attended New Member Reception on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

Soon after you made the decision to invest in a Chamber membership, you were invited to attend New Member Reception. For those who attend, the entire value portfolio of membership is described in about an hour, including:

  • An introduction to the Chamber staff
  • A welcome from Chamber President Ric Adams and VP Paul Frey
  • Greetings from a Chamber board member
  • An informative discussion about member opportunities
  • Real savings for you and your employees
  • An overview of how the Chamber advocates on your behalf
  • Your first chance to interact and exchange information with other members

Talk about drinking from a fire hose!

If you’ve had a membership for a while, but missed the New Member Reception, it’s NOT too late. This is also a great opportunity to send a new employee from your organization. The next New Member Reception is Wednesday, October 30. Click here to register and re-start your journey to a high-performance Chamber membership! 

Thanks for reading this month’s Membership Monday.  Next month, we’ll discuss how to tailor your membership to best fit your organization’s needs.

Co-hosted by Jon-Mikel Bailey (Wood Street, Inc.) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) on tour at Unique Optique.

Our first special guest, Karl Kidd, fifth grade teacher at Urbana Elementary School, joined us to discuss how he has connected with the education community since winning the FCPS 2013 Teacher of the Year Award. If you want to know how your business can get connected with the future workforce, Episode 34 is for you!

We were also joined by Geordie Wilson, publisher of The Frederick News-Post. Ever wonder how to build a meaningful relationship with media representatives? Geordie tells you how to begin in Episode 34.

Continue reading “Chamber TV: Episode 34”

After some slight prodding from my wife (and learning adult beverages would be available) I attended Artomatic in downtown Frederick…and I wasn’t disappointed. Artomatic is a five week event that features over 40,000 square feet of art and covers two buildings. As we approached the former Board of Education building where the event was held, the energy and excitement from the bustling crowd was tangible.

I expected to see lots of paintings, but there was so much more. The exhibits included live entertainment, theatrical performances, dance, poetry, and even film. Artomatic is unique because all work is open-entry. With no curators, Artomatic creates a diversity and range of artists many other galleries lack.

I went from being reluctant to attend to not wanting to leave! Artomatic is a great example of Frederick — what you get is so much more than what you expected.

Co-hosted by Justin Saltzman (Liberty Mutual) and Lauren Hagan (Frederick Chamber) on tour at Audio-Video Group.

Our first special guest, Shabri Moore of Moore Wealth Inc., joined us to discuss transitioning leadership by developing a success plan for your organization.

Paul Frey, Executive Director of Leadership Frederick County (LFC), was our second special guest. Paul discussed how LFC’s unique program enhances leadership skills and knowledge of Frederick County. Continue reading “Chamber TV: Episode 33”

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Last week the Chamber team welcomed Stephanie Fitch as a Marketing Assistant, and she is eager to promote events and support the Chamber’s mission through visual design!

Stephanie was born and raised in sunny California where she received undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since moving to Frederick in 2011, Stephanie has enjoyed getting to know the area and exploring what Maryland has to offer.

In her spare time, she enjoys trying her hand at 3D animation and motion graphics, as well as watching every kind of home renovation show on television.

With her love of Photoshop and technology, we are excited to have Stephanie as part of our Chamber Staff!

Silver Medal of Bravery:Lieutenant Warren “Jay” Schwab, Firefighter III David Hubler, Technician Adam Steinberg, Firfighter III Jason Patten, Technician Leon Norris, and Technician David Millstein; Division of Fire & Rescue Services

Incident:Aided Injured Victim Despite Shooter at Large

“They would have waited for police to secure the scene … however, risking their own safety, they opted to care for the life threatening injuries of a victim at the scene.”

Silver Medal of Bravery:Lieutenant Charles Scott, Technician Daniel Hardin, Firefighter III Robert Ruch; Division of Fire & Rescue Services

Incident:Fatal House Fire on E. South Street

“The heat was extreme and there was nearly no visibility apart from the orange glow of the fire extending up from below … they located the victim, a woman, at the top of the stairs, curled in the fetal position, unconscious.”

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Our friends at Rowland Glass Studios gave us an amazing gift at the Chamber Centennial Gala on May 21st — A handcrafted glass replica of our original charter. The unveiling of this stunning glass artwork was one of the highlights of the evening, and was featured in the Frederick News-Post’s coverage of the event.

We’re in the process of installing the glass charter at the Chamber office, where it will be on the display for everyone to see. Many thanks to Rowland Glass Studios for this beautiful and thoughtful donation to commemorate our 100th anniversary!