This year’s convention was held in Philadelphia, PA, from June 3-6. More than 16,000 attendees from around the globe, including 67 countries, gathered for high level partnering, education, and networking.
Frederick County was the host this year for the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs (GOMA) signature outreach annual event called Ready, Set, GROW - a procurement connections workshop that provides information about how to navigate the procurement process and connects small, minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses with buyers from local and state agencies.
New Market joins Downtown Frederick, Brunswick, Thurmont, and Middletown as communities with the statewide designation. Frederick County has the largest number of Main Street communities in Maryland.
In an effort to expand business attraction services, OED along with other partner organizations hosted two bus groups to tour Frederick in October.
Frederick County, in collaboration with the City of Frederick and City of Brunswick, has launched a website to help connect investors with existing local ventures eligible for the Opportunity Zone incentive program. The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initiative administered by the U.S. Treasury and created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
OED worked with 184 companies in Fiscal Year 2018 who chose to locate or expand in Frederick County. The department helped to create 747 jobs and retain 976 existing jobs, representing more than $10M of capital investment to Frederick County.