About Us


The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development strives to increase economic opportunity for Frederick by supporting and promoting a community where businesses and residents can thrive.


  • Director of Economic Development - Richard G. Griffin, AICP, CEcD
  • Manager of Economic Development - Mary Ford-Naill
  • Business Development Specialist - Becky Kaler
  • Economic Development Specialist - Donna Goff


The Department of Economic Development's (DED) mission is achieved through a focus on four strategic priorities. The following each priority are examples of projects that support the goals and objectives of DED.

Job Creation

  • Business creation - entrepreneurship, start-ups, etc.
  • Business recruitment/attraction
  • Business retention and expansion

Business Infrastructure Advocacy

  • Adequate water and sewer capacity
  • Frederick Municipal Airport
  • Roadway improvements

Downtown Revitalization

  • Arts and Entertainment District
  • Carroll Creek Park
  • Downtown Hotel and Conference Center
  • Support of the Main Street program (Downtown Frederick Partnership)

Corridor Revitalization

  • East Frederick Rising
  • Golden Mile Alliance


Staff - 2018