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CONTACT: Helen Propheter, Director 
Frederick County Office of Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The Shop Downtown Brochure project, an effort by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development and the Tourism Council of Frederick County with collaboration from all five Frederick County Main Street organizations, promotes the vibrancy, beauty and rich history of Frederick County’s municipal downtown shopping areas.

The City of Frederick, City of Brunswick, Town of Middletown,  Town of Thurmont and the Town of Mount Airy are designated Main Street Maryland communities and the brochure highlights Main Street shopping opportunities. Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program created in 1998 by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The mission of the program is to accelerate the economic progress and revitalization of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. There are 28 designated Maryland Main Streets statewide.

“This project gave our office the opportunity to work closely with our Main Street organizations to further strengthen our relationships with our towns,” said Helen Propheter, Director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development. “We are fortunate to have many beautiful downtowns, each uniquely positioned with a culture that promotes their history but also offer economic opportunities to the surrounding areas.”

Executive Director for the Tourism Council of Frederick County John Fieseler said, “Visit Frederick (the Tourism Council) is excited to have this new brochure highlighting the unique shopping and dining experiences located in Frederick County’s historic municipalities.  It was a joy to partner with the Frederick County Office of Economic Development to produce this helpful guide for residents and visitors alike.”

The Shop Downtown Brochure is available at Frederick Tourism and Main Street offices throughout Frederick County.  It will also be featured in the November issue of Frederick Magazine.