Frederick Launches Strategic Plan: Poised for Prosperity, Planning for Progress!

County Executive Jan Gardner (photo courtesy of Frederick County Government)

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner last week unveiled a new strategic plan designed to build on the County’s accomplishments with an eye towards fresh ideas and new opportunities. The plan focuses on five key priorities: education, jobs, seniors, community needs, and growth.

“Frederick County is poised for the future!” County Executive Gardner said. “We have exceptional schools, a safe community, a thriving economy with thousands of new jobs over the past few years, and a high quality of life that is the envy of mid-sized communities around the country. Our challenge is to protect what we love about Frederick County, seize our opportunities, and embrace new ideas and innovation.”

According to a press release:

Executive Gardner held a Leadership Conference in February with approximately 75 community leaders to review what had been accomplished in her first term, identify issues, and brainstorm ideas to support the five priorities. This input is at the heart of the resulting strategic plan. The process was guided by the shared community vision of Leadership Frederick, a vision of great places to live, a high quality of life, and a healthy environment for years to come.

Initiatives include:

  • Education: Identify adequate funding for public schools, build needed schools, support innovation in public education and lifelong learning through our libraries and Frederick Community College;
  • Jobs: Implement the Growth Opportunities Strategy, create a competitive advantage, support targeted new businesses, like life sciences, and ensure the economic viability of agriculture;
  • Seniors: Increase access to healthcare, help people to age in place with grace, engage active seniors through employment and meaningful volunteerism, and expand space and programming;
  • Community needs: Sustain a safe community, improve mobility/transportation options, provide workforce housing, promote healthy living, and expand parks and recreational opportunities;
  • Growth: Preserve our unique sense of place, develop rural historic districts, grow wisely, go green to save green, and expand broadband

The strategic plan can be found online at

Read the full press release for more information.