Regional Economic Development Organizations Join Forces

FREDERICK, MD -- Recently, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, joined with economic development organizations from Anne Arundel, Charles, Howard, Prince George’s  and Montgomery Counties in signing a Joint Statement on Regional Collaboration among Maryland National Capital Region Alliance to outline their collective commitment to growing a stronger Maryland Capital Region. 

The genesis for the joint statement began in October 2019 when the six Maryland National Capital Region Economic Development Organizations began meeting to discuss economic development issues of mutual concern to their 3.3 million citizens, representing over 52% of the Maryland economy.  While the Covid-19 crisis sweeping the nation has created an greater urgency for regional collaboration, the Joint Statement is an agreement to: explore joint marketing and promotion; establish shared rules for ethical marketing; formalize protocols for communications with regard to business prospects; evaluate policy changes to address competitiveness; evaluate the joint pursuit of targeted industry sectors; and engage other regional economic development partners. 

The six organizations have been teleconferencing weekly since the onslaught of the COVID -19 crisis and have engaged in a strong exchange of shared experiences, issues, resources, best practices, and challenges.  Along with federal and State resources, the six economic development organizations are working collectively to create regional solutions to the economic recovery of the Capital region, a commitment reflected in the addition of language referring to cooperation in addressing emergencies such as COVID-19. 

The signing of this Joint Statement last Wednesday, via teleconference because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, moves the gathering of the six County economic development organizations to a new level of regional cooperation and collaboration. 

“This Joint Statement is more important in today’s COVID-challenged economy than when we first agreed to it in concept six months ago,” said Helen Propheter, Executive Director of Frederick County Office of Economic Development. “COVID-19 crystalizes for the six of us that collaboration is critical to getting through difficult economic times.  In a normal economic climate or in a challenging one, like now, we know we are more competitive working together than separately.”

The Joint Statement was signed by:

Jill Seamon, Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation

Darrell Brown, Charles County Department of Economic Development

Larry Twele, Howard County Economic Development Authority

Ben Wu, Montgomery County Economic Development Corperation

David S. Iannucci, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation

Helen Propheter, Frederick County Office of Economic Development

For More Information: 

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) is the catalyst for economic growth in Frederick County, with the mission to increase the overall economic health of Frederick County through attracting new businesses in our targeted industries and helping existing businesses be more successful.  Please contact us @ info@discoverfrederickmd.com for more information.