Allegany, Frederick, and St. Mary’s Counties Receive Economic Development Award

Maryland Economic Development Association Awards Winner announcement graphicAllegany, Frederick and St. Mary’s County projects will be recognized by the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) at the 2023 MEDA Conference in April.

The MEDA Awards, sponsored by Miles & Stockbridge P.C., is a program to celebrate the people, programs, and projects that are transforming lives across the State of Maryland. The MEDA Awards showcase efforts to attract new businesses, assist existing businesses, redevelop business districts, market communities, and support economic development throughout the state.

“Despite a shifting landscape, MEDA members remain committed to enhancing economic development initiatives across the State of Maryland,” MEDA President Danny Thompson said. “These awards celebrate the groups and individuals who work hard to further our mission and transform lives.”

In the Economic Development Project category, the Union Mills Knitting Project is the winner of the large community designation for its creative repurposing of a long-vacant building to help spur tourism and investment in Frederick, MD. Berkeley Springs Instruments (BSI) in Allegany County will be honored with the small community award. Representing a public/private partnership, Allegany County played a crucial role in developing, financing, and constructing a new headquarters for BSI as they sought to expand.

For Economic Development Programs, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Project Restore will be named the large community award winner, and The Patuxent Partnership for AMP/Tech Jobs Rule in St. Mary’s County will receive the small community award. The Frederick County Office of Economic Development’s EmPOWER Program will receive an honorable mention for its support offered to underrepresented businesses. Through Project Restore, DHCD has awarded grants to more than 725 businesses and has received requests from all counties in the State of Maryland and Baltimore City. The Patuxent Partnership for AMP/Tech Jobs Rule program is designed to attract St. Mary’s County high school students to manufacturing, business operations, and STEM careers by offering paid apprenticeship roles to those who have completed at least two years at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center (FTC).

In the Economic Development Marketing category, the small community award will go to St. Mary’s County Technology Resource Book or ‘TechBook.’ As the sole publication profiling the more than 200 technology companies located in St. Mary’s County, TechBook provides a centralized resource for business partners, educational institutions, and professional membership organizations supporting the county’s major industry sector.

To learn more about the MEDA Awards, click here.