How limiting pollution encourages job growth, report by CBF

Debunking the “Job Killer” Myth How Pollution Limits Encourage Jobs in the Chesapeake Bay Region EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure, home to a dazzling spectrum of spe- cies and an engine for the region’s economy estimated to be worth more than $1 trillion dollars.1 But pollution continues to cause serious damage […]

09-19-2010 IMAGINE! Frederick Fall Film Series Launches with Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

Where on Earth are we going?  And what can we do about it? These are two of the questions that are at the heart of this Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium – a profound inquiry into a bold vision to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on […]

Re-imagining Urban Sprawl (Gazette 08-19-2010)

Re-imagining Urban Sprawl Frederick County’s southeast corridor, bordered by two major highways and a national battlefield, may be a shopper’s Mecca, but it can also be a motorist’s nightmare. And its acres of parking lot and shopping centers are distinctive in their lack of distinctiveness, according to Commissioner Kai J. Hagen (D). “It could be […]

05-19-2010 5-7pm Green Drinks and Potential Wind Energy in Frederick County

Frederick Green Drinks is a great success! At our April gathering, Michelle L. Liefke a local EcoBroker/Ecosociate Fred Ugast president of U.S. Photovoltaics, Inc., discussed incentives available in Maryland with an emphasis on the changes enacted by the legilsature last week. Our NEXT event is on: May 19, 2010 (Wednesday) from 5 to 7pm Dr. Carlos […]

31 Ways Citizens Can Help Our Economy in Frederick County

FNP 04-11-2010 Builders, Realtors hit hard by economic downturn

The signs around Frederick County of foreclosed homes and quiet building sites reflects the impact 2009 had on the real estate and construction industries. Many homebuilders turned more of their effort to remodeling and small jobs, laid off employees or even closed their doors. For Realtors, it was a mixed bag. Housing values fell, leaving […]

03-10-2010 @ 7pm IMAGINE! FREDERICK: see award winning movie “Fresh” at the MET

Point / Counterpoint on the Thatcher and Crum Annexations: Growth in Frederick City

Point/Counter Point: Growth Posted on 16 November 2009 Frederick City is poised to grow by more than 500 acres thanks to the recent annexation of two area farms, but the move remains controversial. While development advocate Bruce Dean, (left) a lawyer specializing in annexations with McEvoy & Dean, and other supporters say expanding the city’s […]

Promoting Local Economic Growth

(This text was written in response to recent Frederick City annexations and plans for big box store development versus local business development.) Friends of Frederick County promotes local economic growth, based as much as possible on utilizing our local goods and services.  We imagine Frederick County’s urban areas and political leaders working together to learn […]

Thanks to all annexation referendum volunteers!

October 18, 2009 Dear Annexation Referendum Volunteers, Supporters and Friends, On behalf of Friends and Frederick County, I would like thank everyone who brought their energy, spirit and dedication to this burst of grassroots movement for a petition drive to bring the issue of annexation to a citizen vote.  As I write this letter, unpaid […]