Executive Summary

The Latest News from County Executive Jan Gardner

WOW! 100 Days of Making Life Better

This week marks 100 days since Inauguration Day. During my second term as County Executive, I am committed to making life better for you, the people who live and work in Frederick County. In this first 100 days, we've kicked off initiatives and celebrated accomplishments. Here are some of the highlights.

Advocating in Annapolis

During the Maryland General Assembly session, I've been advocating for education and school construction funding, paratransit for our seniors, Next Generation 9-1-1, and the need for a Prescription Drug Affordability Board to hold down the high price of medications. As Chair of the Maryland Association of Counties' Legislative Committee, I have been asked to testify on several bills that would benefit Frederick County citizens.

Celebrating our accomplishments

In these first 100 days, we've had lots to celebrate!

  • County and Fort Detrick officials traveled to the Pentagon to be recognized with one of only seven U.S. Army Community Partnership Awards in the nation, based on our collaborative initiatives for emergency communications and solid waste management.
  • Our business innovation center, ROOT, earned the 2018 Urban County Innovations Award from the Maryland Association of Counties.
  • Our Division of Parks & Recreation won three statewide awards: the landscape site award for Point of Rocks Community Commons; best activity guide for the winter Recreater; and best social media campaign for its scavenger hunt, "Weihnachtsgurke in the Woods."
  • The Kids Like Us art therapy program at our Health Department earned an Innovation Now Award from the Addiction Policy Forum.
  • The Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. marked 15 years of helping entrepreneurs bring their big ideas to life.
  • We've also celebrated milestones in our business and volunteer communities. Numerous fire and rescue companies held banquets, including an impressive 125th anniversary for Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company Inc. Frederick Mutual Insurance Company marked an amazing 175 years of doing business in our community!

Help to Shape the County's Budget

The county budget should reflect our community's priorities and values. There are lots of opportunities to let me know what your priorities are for the upcoming budget. Take our online survey. Learn more by watching this short video:
https://youtu.be/kpvfEHC0tck
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