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

CC Q6

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

CC Q4

 

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

CC Q3

 

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.

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What makes Frederick (city and county) the “place to be”?  It turns out quite a bit, here are my lessons learned during the LFC Quality of Life Day.  

In the Beginning

It all started on a rainy morning at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET), home of many great performers and performances. Our guide for the day, Shuan Butcher, began with an overview of the impact of the arts in our community. Who knew the considerable financial value that exists in the “Creative Economy”? Or that art related activities bring in roughly $10 million a year and support 239 full time employees (FTEs)?

At the MET

Visions of impact stats dancing in our heads, we began our foray into the world of arts and entertainment by joining in an actors warm up with Julie Herber (here we learned the unforgettable “Booty” song that I hope will become our class theme). We got a guided tour of the MET’s offices and facilities, where we learned the important role volunteers play in keeping the performing arts alive. I learned we all have the potential to be great thespians given time and proper coaching…and maybe a few rhythm lessons!

Due to the dismal weather, our walking tour of Carroll Creek and the Community Bridge was cancelled, but that only afforded us more time with Artist and Community Arts Advocate, William Cochran. Few of us knew the project, started in 1993, was initially controversial with many locals against the idea. Eventually, by involving the entire community in the process, the bridge was completed and became the “catalyst for change” Cochran envisioned.

Artistic Locations

To understand art as a business, Dave McGuire took us on a tour of McGuire Fine Art Gallery, and discussed the challenges of running an arts based business. This was followed by fascinating tours of the Weinberg Center for the Arts and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. At the Weinberg we discovered the incredible history of the building with Executive Theatre Manager John Healey, and heard about some amazing upcoming professional programs. At the Delaplaine, we had the opportunity to tour not only a live “open study” class, but to get a pottery “throwing” demonstration. Though we didn’t get to “throw”, we were quite enthralled.

Our Backyard

Our lunch location, the Browning Building at Pinecliff Park, was a good example of the many hidden gems maintained by Parks & Recreation. Our panel presenters Alderman Kelly Russell, Clyde Hicks, Mike Dudash, and Jeremy Kortright taught us about our county’s backyard. From the Appalachian Trail to a wildlife refuge at Lilypons Water Gardens, the spectrum of outdoor venues and activities is almost overwhelming. The only thing missing is an aquatic center – something perhaps we future leaders can facilitate.

At the Catoctin Creek Nature Center the best class ever got some hands on experience with a few interesting (and alarming!) critters. Snakes, and spiders, and lizards – OH MY! While Rose the tarantula was a big hit, no one was brave enough to pet her. We also learned the sensory trail opening in the spring, will provide a nature experience for both the visually and developmentally disabled patrons.

Downtown Breakdown

We then headed to the Griffin Art Center in downtown Frederick where panel presenters Walt Bartman, Justin Kiska, Russ Hodge, & Scott Ambush discussed making a living as an artist. It emphasized that the arts and commerce do not need to compete. I was amazed the center was more than just a studio and gallery for a select group of artists, it also offers classes and workshops for children and adults.

We wrapped up with Kara Norman of Downtown Frederick Partnership who spoke about Frederick as an active and vital place for both business and pleasure. With upcoming projects like the expansion of Carroll Creek Park and the development of a downtown hotel, Downtown Frederick is definitely growing. Her message:  “As a current/future leader, it is important to understand the role Downtown Frederick plays in the health of the overall community. Without a successful downtown, the remainder of Frederick will suffer.”

Not So Hidden Treasure

The proposed end of our day, the Scavenger Hunt, was cancelled due to time considerations. But in all truth, the entire day was a treasure hunt full of hidden delights and new adventures we didn’t know we had been missing.

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.

The day began as all LFC days begin… early.  We met at FMH Crestwood. For those of you who haven’t been there, one word: WOW! The entire facility departs from the stereotype of stuffy doctor’s offices, complete with community art gallery on the ground floor. We began our day with a presentation by Josh Pederson, CEO of United Way of Frederick County, about the role of nonprofits that serve human service needs in our community.

The class explored the FMH Womens Center via a guided tour.
The class explored the FMH Womens Center via a guided tour.

Health Explorations at FMH Crestwood

Throughout the day we learned about the diverse models and delivery methods of health and human services in Frederick County.  We were fortunate to hear about these topics straight from the mouths of Thomas Kleinhanzl, CEO of Frederick Regional Health Systems; Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, health officer at Frederick County Health Department; and Pat Hanberry, CEO of the Mental Health Association, among others. We also explored seated yoga, a tour of the FMH Women’s Center, and individual health assessments performed by Corporate Occupational Health Solutions.

 

A visit to the Frederick Rescue Mission resulted in helping with two volunteer projects.
A visit to the Frederick Rescue Mission resulted in helping with two volunteer projects.

Service Projects at the Frederick Rescue Mission

Later, we made the trip to the Frederick Rescue Mission.  At the Rescue Mission we saw firsthand the role of the nonprofit sector in the community in regards to human services.  Services provided for many of these organizations can be the difference between life and death.  For example, the Rescue Mission provides emergency services, showers, food, and community outreach events. Every year, approximately 70 men go through the Mission’s Changed Life Recovery Program. While at the Mission, half of the Class of 2014 unloaded food from the food truck (generously donated daily by various grocery stores and restaurants in Frederick), and the other half of the class helped with outreach mailings. We concluded our visit to the Rescue Mission by eating lunch with those they serve. It was a humbling experience. The trip to the Mission hit home many of the issues that we discussed earlier in the day and was a good bridge into the afternoon’s activities. Continue reading “LFC Health & Human Services Day”

Ambassadors of the Year
Many thanks to Matt Doyle and Ellen Keyser for their commitment to new members of the Frederick Chamber!

At the annual holiday Business Card Exchange at Frederick City Hall, we announced the Ambassadors of the Year for 2013.

Chamber Ambassadors are volunteer outreach coordinators who work with new Chamber member businesses for the first 90 days of membership. Ambassadors help new members understand the various programs and services, and how best to take advantage of the benefits of membership.

Although all of our Ambassadors are outstanding representatives, this year we chose two as Ambassadors of the Year. Congratulations to Ellen Keyser and Matt Doyle!

Ellen is a business development manager for 270net Technologies, a full service web development company. Ellen is known for her warm smile and hearty laugh. The new members she has mentored cite her friendly and accessible personality, along with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Chamber.

Matt is an outside sales manager for The Plamondon Companies. Matt has taken on some of our most challenging and important Ambassador assignments, and has always gone above and beyond to assist new Chamber members. Many thanks to both Ellen and Matt for their hard work and dedication.

As Ambassadors of the Year, Ellen and Matt’s companies will receive a discounted membership renewal, in part to thank these generous employers for allowing critical staff to spend time volunteering to keep our Chamber strong.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Ambassador program, please contact me at301.662.4164 x214 or via email at rweldon@frederickchamber.org.

Whitney Hahn, Digital Bard, is a presenter at the 6th annual New Media & Technology Conference (Fred NMT 2014).

Lots of business owners have heard that they “should” use online video to connect with prospects, communicate with clients, and make customers raving fans.

They realize they “should” create product demo videos, client testimonials, and how-to tutorials to expand their brand.

They feel they “should” hire a professional — or at least take a class — to learn how to do it right.

I’m here to help you stop “should-ing” and get going!

Why use online video? Online video has many benefits for sales, customer retention, fundraising, talent recruitment, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The use of internet video increases conversions, some studies say by 30% or more. It has also been shown to decrease returns and improve customer satisfaction. And if you have a YouTube channel and embed your videos in your website, your site will show up higher in search results than ones that don’t.

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How can video influence your client or customer?

There are three basic themes particularly well suited for online video, and they have a specific order in a sales funnel:

  1. Who Are We? The Profile Video (60 seconds or less): This video gives an overview and establishes the identity of the company. The best profile videos give a prospect an idea of what it might feel like to work with you. It’s not about image – it’s more like culture and your WHY (and why a customer will love you for it).  Continue reading “3 Online Video Themes for Your Sales Funnel”

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!

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Sara McKay, the lead singer of Old Receiver Band

The following post was submitted by Jon-Mikel Bailey of Wood Street, Inc.

I have to admit I am a little biased when it comes to Downtown Frederick, MD as I have lived downtown since 1998 and my business has been located downtown since we founded in 2002.

Yet, I still continue to be impressed with the efforts of  Downtown Frederick Partnership (DFP), Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), Tourism Council, and Celebrate Frederick, not to mention the merchants in town. Every first Saturday of the month, this town comes alive. The DFP rallies all of its members and gets this town to throw a big party to celebrate just how great it is to be here, shop here, and work here!

Continue reading “Another Reason to Shop Local”

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. Continue reading “Frederick’s Future: Bridging Business & Education”

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.

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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!

New Chamber team member Michael Kurtianyk
Michael Kurtianyk – Membership Representative

Welcome to Team Chamber, Michael Kurtianyk! Michael is our newest Membership Representative, ready to connect businesses with the Chamber.

Michael was born and raised in New York, and has undergraduate degrees in English and education, as well as a MBA in English education from Syracuse University.  He moved to Frederick in 2000, and has served on the Board of Directors for The Shakespeare Festival, Academy of Finance, and the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

In his spare time he enjoys playing chess and coaching his daughter’s soccer team.

As an active member of the Frederick community, we know Michael will make a great addition to the Chamber.

Click here for more info about the benefits of joining the Chamber!

Co-hosted by Jon-Mikel Bailey (Wood Street) and Kelly Beach (Frederick Chamber).

Shawn Pierce of Experient joined us at Ethan Allen Design Center to discuss tips and tricks for having a successful booth at EXPO 2013, including how to interact, what to bring, and where to find valuable information for trade show exhibiting.

We were also joined by Christopher Madden, local artist and banknote picture engraver, to learn about currency design, protecting local businesses against counterfeit, and his experience on National Geographic’s Inside America’s Money Vault.

Continue reading “Chamber TV: Episode 32”

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The Frederick Keys, our local baseball team, recently had their opening day, and the community came out and showed their support.

Adam Pohl, Assistant General Manager of the Keys, expressed the community support and the upcoming events fans can look forward to.

The Frederick Keys, Advanced-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, opened its 25th season at Harry Grove Stadium on Friday, April 5th. Continue reading “Frederick Keys Opening Day”

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Congratulations to Kara Norman for her ten years of service to Downtown Frederick Partnership.  Kara and her team work hard to make the events and programs with businesses in historic Downtown Frederick both unique and highly successful. It is a privilege to work with her as the Chamber liaison to the Partnership Board.

Jean Wright
Board of Directors
Downtown Frederick Partnership

Photo credit: Eli Roth, Downtown Frederick Partnership

Next week on Chamber TV:

Our pal Julia “Little J” Schillaci was just named an Entrepreneur of the Year by the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County. Little J is the CEO of SoapPrizes. Her mom Beth is Chief Pouring Officer, as well as a long-time Chamber member and volunteer.

Scott Rolle is a Frederick-based attorney who appears on the History Channel’s Decoded show. We’re thrilled to have a bona fide celebrity on Chamber TV. I hope Scott isn’t too intimidated by our high-tech setup here in the Chamber “studio.”

Oh, and Dream Dinners is providing refreshments for our live studio audience. Sign up online or call 301.662.4164 x1 to register!

Chamber TV cast and crew attended the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Centennial Gala on Monday night. More than 700 people attended the red carpet shindig at the National Cancer Institute’s new Advanced Technology Research Facility in Frederick. We thought you’d enjoy seeing snazzy photos of Chamber TV personalities!

We also set up this online media center with news articles, press releases, and historical information so you can learn more about our 100th anniversary as the first chartered Chamber in the U.S.

Taste of Asia opened its doors on March 27, 2012 with a festive grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.It’s always thrilling to see a new business celebrate this milestone.

Many Chamber members, elected officials, enthusiastic foodies, and curious locals were there to support Vincent, David, and the rest of the management and staff at this new restaurant … In return, we all enjoyed some delicious samples for lunch!

Taste of Asia serves Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine, including a full sushi bar and hibachi grill.

 

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Photographic evidence that at least one of your Chamber TV co-hosts voted in today’s primary elections. I rewarded myself with a fancy sticker and a Vintage seltzer.*

If you haven’t voted yet, you can check your voter registration, see a sample ballot, and find your polling place on the MD Elections website. The Frederick News-Post has info about all the local congressional and school board candidates.

*Jon got me hooked on this. I think we should make it the official beverage of Chamber TV.