LIVE DOWNTOWN FREDERICK HOUSING SYMPOSIUM
This year’s symposium will include a keynote address by Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group in Baltimore, MD. All interested parties are welcome and invited to attend. The symposium is free to attend but advance registration is required. Register online at livedowntown.eventbrite.com.
The morning will begin with a continental breakfast and networking from 7:30AM to 8:00AM. Anirban Basu’s presentation, titled “To All the Economists I’ve Loved Before,” will begin at 8:00AM. He will place Downtown Frederick in a larger economic context and address how smaller downtowns are being impacted by residential trends, changes that are happening in cities that are similar to Downtown Frederick, who wants to live in downtown and how this impacts the type of housing units offered and the economic impact of downtown residents. Click here to view Anirban Basu’s full bio.
The 2019 Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium is made possible by support from Linowes and Blocher Attorneys At Law.
WHY LIVE DOWNTOWN FREDERICK?
In anticipation of Downtown Frederick Partnership‘s 25th Anniversary in 2015, the organization undertook a strategic planning process in FY14. While Downtown Frederick is highly successful, the Partnership believes that Downtown Frederick holds far greater potential than reached to date. The purpose of the strategic planning process was to identify the critical projects that are necessary to take Downtown Frederick to the next level in the next five years.
The five focus areas of the Strategic Plan include Live Downtown, Work Downtown, Stay Downtown, Play Downtown and Connect Downtown. Of these five, both stakeholder input and Partnership committee feedback point to the critical importance of Live Downtown and the need to place significant energy towards achieving this Strategic Plan goal.
As part of their Live Downtown initiative, the Partnership is working towards a goal of welcoming 335 new residents to Downtown Frederick by 2020. Reusing, adapting and growing the Downtown Frederick building stock is the sustainable path the Partnership plans to take. More residents bring more business, making Downtown Frederick an even better place to live (see the Partnership’s Strategic Plan for more info).
In the efforts towards this goal, the Partnership held a Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium in April 2017. At this symposium, the consultants hired by the Partnership presented a report which documents the impediments to creating more housing in Downtown Frederick. The report can be viewed online at downtownfrederick.org/emerging-projects.
Since that time, a group of local volunteers organized by the Partnership has been working on developing regulatory changes to assist in increasing the number of housing units in Downtown Frederick. The 2019 Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium will be the second of what the Partnership hopes will become an annual symposium focused on downtown housing.
MORE ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
Founded in 1990 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, Downtown Frederick Partnership works to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality and economic viability of Downtown Frederick by implementing the national Main Street Program for the benefit of Frederick businesses, residents and visitors.
Working with business and community leaders, the Partnership oversees the work of four active committees including: the Business Development Committee which works to support existing businesses and recruit new businesses where necessary, the Design Committee which focuses on the downtown streetscape, policy advocacy and long-term planning, the Organization Committee which raises funds as well as recruits and thanks volunteers and the Promotion Committee which promotes, programs and brands Downtown Frederick.