Business Glade Valley Government Health 

Frederick County COVID-19 Updates

County Executive Jan Gardner provided an update on the County’s battle against COVID-19. While Frederick County flattened the curve by shutting down early in the pandemic, Frederick County now faces the challenge of keeping the rate of infection down. Gardner urged everyone to wear masks and maintain social distance of six feet from those outside of their own households. Frederick County currently only meets one of the two standards for opening schools. While the positivity rate at 3.1% in Frederick County is less than the 5% required, the rate of…

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Business Glade Valley Health 

Governor Hogan Moves Maryland to Stage 3 of Recovery

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced this afternoon that all Maryland businesses may open at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020 including movie theaters and live performances with restrictions. This move marks the beginning of Stage 3 of Governor Hogan’s Re-Opening plan for Maryland. Movie theaters and live performance venues will be limited to audiences of 50% capacity or up to 100 people for indoor venues or 250 people for outdoor venues. Retail and houses of worship may increase their allowed capacity from 50% to 75% capacity. Appropriate health and…

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Business Glade Valley Government 

JumpStart Grants Support Diverse Selection of Small Businesses, Agriculture

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced that 1,179 applications were received for the Frederick County JumpStart grant program. A total of $5 million is being awarded to small businesses and full-time farmers who were impacted by the pandemic. Applications for grants were received from 449 women-owned businesses, 232 minority-owned, and 73 veteran-owned.  Applicants who received letters announcing their award have until 5 p.m. Monday, June 22, to complete the final paperwork needed so that the grants can be deposited directly into businesses’ bank accounts. Questions about JumpStart should be directed…

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Business Glade Valley Government 

County Executive Gardner Advances Legislation to Support Family Farms

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today unveiled legislation to support multi-generational farming. The bill creates a more transparent process for farmers who want to follow the longstanding tradition of carving off housing lots on their property so family members can stay on the farm and support the farm operation. Current law allows children of farmers to apply for a waiver of an impact fee if they build on these lots. Executive Gardner’s proposal would allow additional family members to apply for the waiver. “Family support is imperative to many agricultural…

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