Priority Area: Economic Development & Jobs

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  • Tax Relief Targeted to ALICE Families 
    • The County Executive and the County Council reduced the tax rate on the County’s lowest income residents in the FY2024 budget to the lowest level allowed by state law. The Division of Energy & Environment’s Power Saver Retrofits program has helped 700 ALICE households reduce their energy cost burden.

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  • Implement GO Strategy 
    • The Division of Economic Opportunity developed a workplan in the second quarter of 2023 which includes updating the GO Plan to reflect changes in the economy because of the pandemic and continuing to implement the plan. 

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  • Revitalize the B&I Cabinet
    • The Frederick County Council created a Small Business Advisory Commission in 2021. The SBAC met in the second quarter of 2023 to develop its final report. After the SBAC issues its report to the County Council, the County Executive’s Office will issue a call for nominations for members to serve on the new Business & Industry Cabinet.
  • Streamline Permitting
    • The County Executive and County Council created two new positions in the FY2024 budget to help residents and businesses navigate the permitting process: A Planning and Permitting Ombudsman and a Small Business Navigator. Those positions were posted in the third quarter of 2023.
  • MBE Program
    • The County contracted with a consultant to conduct a disparity study as required by the Supreme Court decision in City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Company as a precursor to establishing a program. The disparity study will be completed in 2024, and the County will use the results to develop a program.
  • Procurement Local Businesses
    • The disparity study will include findings on this.
  • Creative Economy
    • The County Executive is incorporating the arts into the County’s Community Partnership Grants program, which awards competitive grants to non-profit organizations serving the needs of our residents.
  • Place-Based Economic Development
    • The Planning Board adopted a draft of the South Frederick Corridors Plan in April 2023 and received comments from State agencies in May 2023. The Plan involves significant place-based economic development strategies. The Division of Economic Opportunity secured a $100,000 grant from the Maryland Makerspace Initiative Program, which it is using to establish a new makerspace in Frederick County.
  • Agricultural Economy
    • The County Executive convened an Agritourism Workgroup in the third quarter of 2023 to review the County’s existing laws and regulations related to agritourism and the County’s existing programs to support agritourism, and to make recommendations to promote agritourism while protecting the health, safety, and quality of life of Frederick County residents. The Workgroup will issue a report no later than December 1, 2023.
  • Data Centers
    • The County Executive convened a Data Center Workgroup in the third quarter of 2023 to examine lessons from Northern Virginia’s experience with data centers and consider appropriate locations for data centers; taxation issues related to data centers; water, power, and other infrastructure needs of data centers; community benefits that can be derived from the data center industry; and potential amendments to the County’s critical digital infrastructure law. The workgroup will issue a report no later than January 5, 2024.

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1. Priority Area: Economic Development & Jobs
2. Priority Area: Education & Workforce Development
3. Priority Area: Government Innovation
4. Priority Area: Housing & Quality of Life
5. Priority Area: Public Health & Human Services
6. Priority Area: Public Safety
7. Priority Area: Sustainability Infrastructure & Transportation