Frederick given nationwide recognition by newscaster

March 31, 2013 by  

CNN provided some good news for locals this month, as Frederick was named among its Best Small Town Comebacks 2013.

Nestling alongside El Dorado, Arkansas and Paducah, Kentucky – towns that were fellow winners of the award – CNN’s mid-March report said of the Maryland city:

“Frederick is revived, with a nearly chain-proof red brick commercial district lined with indie shops, destination restaurants and weekenders from D.C. and Baltimore escaping here instead of the other way around

“Stroll along Carroll Creek Park’s pedestrian bridges and brick pathways lined with public art and it’s hard to believe this green space was originally a flood control project.”

Frederick’s director of economic development, Richard Griffin, referred to the award as an excellent “comeback story”, as the area was somewhat beleaguered during the 1970s following severe floods

Griffin paid homage to the groups who had worked hard ever since those events, the result of which is that the area has undergone a real change in perception.

Excitedly, Griffin added that the prestige carried by the award will hopefully result in a boost in tourism and employment in Frederick. He said:

“When you have this type of recognition — nationally and internationally — you can expect a bump in our visitor attendance from all over the country, and indeed abroad.”

With that it mind, perhaps it is time for town officials to consider getting in touch with local brochure printers in the hope of attracting more tourism as we enter spring.