Friday, September 28, 2012

Business Appreciation

Today is the conclusion of Business Appreciation Week in Frederick – a great event organized by the Frederick County Business Retention Department – where more than 100 Frederick County businesses are visited in one week.  I am lucky to be one of the fortunate few who get to serve as an ambassador during the week.  Each team of ambassadors visits five or more businesses each day.    It is fascinating.  The diversity of businesses found in Frederick, the specialized skill sets, the unique perspectives and the stories of what brought them here and got them into business  - it’s just an amazing experience . The overall tone of the day was very positive – with businesses expressing positive growth in the past year and/or a positive view towards the year ahead.  In the spirit of Business Appreciation Week, thank you for doing business in Frederick!

Friday, September 21, 2012


I will admit that I've been a bit too distracted by too many good things happening in Downtown Frederick to devote any mind space to this blog.  Mea culpa and I'll try to do better.  As far as good things, here's a sampling...

  1. The Partnership officially made a new hire today, expanding our ranks to a total of three.  More on the new gal soon – in the meantime, I am dreaming of more time for new projects.  
  2. The Green Team – the great crew of formerly homeless guys who work for the Frederick Community Action Agency - is doing great work power washing the sidewalks of Downtown Frederick.  The results are amazing – the crew started on Market Street at South Street in mid-August and are moving north.  You literally can see where they have been – the results are sparkling.  While the process is slow, eventually all of the downtown sidewalks will be power washed.
  3. The heritage trail markers are now in place.  This project had a far too long gestation process so it is particularly thrilling to see the work on the streets.  Thanks to intern power (yet another great thing) a map of the markers is in the works.
  4. For the Partnership, tis the season for asking for financial support – although the season never actually ends – it just takes different forms.  This year, we have received very generous investments – some expected, some unanticipated – all so welcomed to support our efforts as we grow and thrive right along with Downtown Frederick.

There’s so much more going on but I have to get back to work.