The Frederick County Office of Economic Development announces that Heather Gramm has joined the office as Assistant Director. Ms. Gramm, a Certified Economic Developer, brings 15 years of economic development experience to the organization, most recently as the Director of Regional Growth and Retention for the Maryland Department of Commerce.
“I am elated to have Heather’s vast experience in Frederick County and the State of Maryland to strengthen our department’s resources and knowledge,” said Helen Propheter, Director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development. “She will hit the ground running, overseeing our business development team, working closely with our targeted industries and taking on new intitatives like creating a growth opportunities strategy and expanding our attraction and retention plan.”
Ms. Gramm began her economic development career at the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development in 2002 serving as the Business Development Specialist where she led business attraction, retention and marketing efforts for the department. Most recently as the Director of Regional Growth and Retetion for the Maryland Department of Commerce, she managed the department’s 12 regional field offices, overseeing in-state business retention and expansion activities. Ms. Gramm developed a statewide business retention strategy and managed expansion projects for major clients throughout the state.
Ms. Gramm became a Certified Economic Development (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council in 2007 and was named one of the “Leading Women in Maryland” by the Daily Record in 2012. In 2015, she received the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development” award from the Development Counselors International. Heather serves the secretary of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) and is the former chair of the Professional Development Committee for MEDA.
Ms. Gramm received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Hood College.