MEDA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AWARDS: CITY OF FREDERICK IS RECIPIENT OF TWO Frederick Wins Two Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) Awards
Volunteer of the Year and Top Marketing Award
Frederick, MD – March 18, 2016: The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) announced that Frederick won two annual awards. Bert Anderson, owner of Everedy Square and Shab Row, was named the "2016 Volunteer of the Year" for his more than three decades of service to both Frederick City and County. Additionally, MEDA recognized the recent “Work Where There's Room to Play” City of Frederick Department of Economic Development (DED) video as the "2016 MEDA Marketing Award Winner." The three-minute film was developed by DED in collaboration with Digital Bard to support local IT company recruitment efforts.
“I am so proud of our team and partners and am delighted that Frederick is being recognized by MEDA for quality marketing and volunteerism in Economic Development," said Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development for The City of Frederick.
2016 Volunteer of the Year: Bert Anderson
Before "adaptive reuse" was a trend, Anderson was acquiring underutilized buildings for renovation and reuse in Downtown Frederick. He bought deteriorating buildings including houses, warehouses and factories, and transformed City blocks into dining and shopping destinations for visitors and residents.
"Bert Anderson has been at the forefront of progressive redevelopment and has given his time and talent for the benefit of the community for many years," said Griffin. Anderson was nominated jointly by the City and County economic development offices for his contributions.
Anderson has served as a founding member of the Greater Frederick Development Corporation, which is now the Downtown Frederick Partnership. He currently serves on the City’s Economic Development Advisory Committee.
2016 MEDA Marketing Award Winner:
"Work Where There's Room to Play"
"Work Where There's Room to Play" was developed after a local IT non-profit, Tech Frederick indicated that recruiting top technology talent to the Frederick area was a priority.
"We are also proud that our recent video to promote Frederick as a great place for millennials to live, work, and play has been so well received," said Bobby Baumler, Economic Development Manager.
The video has been viewed over 62,000 times on Facebook and has been shared over 1,500 times.
The video had three objectives:
Develop a tool to support the local tech industry
Brand Frederick as a great place to live and work
Drive traffic to Tech Frederick’s jobs page
Each year The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development nominates Frederick projects and individuals for statewide economic development awards.
See the MEDA website for more information on the awards.