Advanced Technology

Considered one of the most vibrant locations within the Baltimore-Washington area, tech companies are flocking to Frederick’s uniquely creative environment. 

Frederick’s technology cluster has grown to over 75 companies. Explore a list of these companies hereWant to have your company added to our every growing list of tech companies? Contact us!

Tech in Frederick

Reasons for Frederick's Rapidly Rising Tech Scene

Strategic Location

strategic location

Frederick, the Northern anchor of the I-270 Technology Corridor, is located within an hour of two major metropolitan cities: Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD. The City's strategic position within the Mid-Atlantic region enables access to 2/3 of the U.S. population within a day's drive.

Benefit from a powerful region:

* Maryland Tech Council 

* TEDCO

* Maryland Cyber-security Center

* Maryland Department of Commerce

Business Friendly City

Business Friendly City

City of Frederick companies enjoy the benefits of fast track permitting, phasing-out business personal property taxes, and a Micro-Grant Program- aimed specifically at tech startups and small businesses. Frederick also has opportunities for HUB, Enterprise and Opportunity Zones.

Seize the Frederick advantage: 

* Step-by-Step Start-Up Guide

* GROW Program -- matching grant for tech companies

* Local Incentive programs

Strong Talent Pipeline

Strong Talent Pipeline

Nearly 40% of the workforce holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Frederick is home to 3 higher education institutions -with programs including Bioinformatics; Computational, Data & Computer Sciences; Cybersecurity; Information Technology & Systems; STEM and Mathematics. Frederick continues to successfully attract millennials - outpacing the Washington Metro Area & Maryland’s rate of growth since 2010. 

Find your workforce: 

* techfrederick: Job Listings & Training Incentives

* Frederick County Workforce Services


Outstanding Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Essential to attracting & retaining top talent, Frederick boasts a vibrant arts & entertainment scene and award-winning, independent restaurants. Frederick is home to 6 national parks and offers access to world-renowned outdoor destinations including the Appalachian Trail and the Potomac River. Frederick County Public Schools students consistently outpace the state and nation in measures of student achievement.

Experience the City: 

* VisitFrederick

* Downtown Frederick Partnership

Connectivity

Well-Connected Infrastructure

Frederick offers access to 3 major airports within  an hour’s drive: BWI Thurgood Marshall, Reagan National and Dulles International. Locally, Frederick Municipal Airport provides business and corporate air service. Critical fiber connectivity is also available to tech companies. Over 92% of the county’s population has access to 50.01Mpbs, 24.5% faster than the national average.

Reach the world: 

* Frederick Municipal Airport

Innovation Center at ROOT

fitci

ROOT, the County’s business innovation center  in Downtown Frederick, is where business, academia, government, and Frederick’s tech incubator/accelerator converge under one roof. The first floor's tech incubator offers low-cost work-space and provides strategic support for tech start-ups.

Receive unparalled support: 

* FITCI - Frederick's incubator

* The Edge - 12 week entrepreneur program

* Business Pitch Room - free services at ROOT 

Access to Fort Detrick

Fort Detrick

The 5 Cabinet-level Agencies on Fort Detrick conduct advanced scientific research including Biotech, Bioinformatics, and Nanotechnology. Local businesses capitalize on contracting and technology transfer opportunities.

Capitalize on contracting opportunites: 

* Fort Detrick Alliance 

* HUB Zone 

* MBE Certification

City of Frederick Procurement 

Engaged Peer Group

techfrederick

techfrederick is the voice of the local tech community and welcomes new member companies through job connections, training and creative networking opportunities. In addition to this fun tech-focused group, the City is fortunate to have a plethora of organizations ready to connect you with the community & business opportunities. 

Meet fellow go-getters:  

* techfrederick 

* Start-up Grind 

* Downtown Frederick Partnership, Golden Mile Alliance, East Frederick Rising

* Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Women's Business Network, Minority Vision Program

 Hip and Historic

Hip and HistoricMany tech companies have chosen historic downtown Frederick for its unique character and hip offices spaces. The blend of old and new creates a unique environment that enables innovation, creative thinking and talent attraction.

Explore the possibilities: 

* Site selection assistance

* Incubator & co-working opportunities 

* Historic property tax credit programs