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Mount Opens Office in Downtown Frederick

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County Executive Gardner and President Trainor shake hands after signing the lease.

Mount St. Mary’s University on December 18 signed a lease to become the newest tenant in ROOT, a business incubator in downtown Frederick. Outreach and student support staff will occupy the space, extending student support, academic programming and partnership development to the heart of the city.

root-with-mayor.jpg ROOT, a collaboration of public and private organizations that seeks to energize innovation and jump start new businesses in the county, is located at 118 N. Market Street. ROOT is home to the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development and the Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc. Hood College also has an office in the building.

At the signing ceremony, Frederick County Executive Jan H. Gardner, expressed her pleasure over the county’s expanded relationship with the Mount through ROOT. “This is part of a great partnership, and we look forward to a long-term standing relationship,” said Gardner, who also noted the amenities that the Mount is bringing to northern Frederick County.

President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., who signed the lease for the university, said that the Mount is excited to further collaborate with Frederick organizations and to have a presence in the heart of Frederick as the university celebrates the 20th anniversary of its campus on Spectrum Drive. The Mount’s Emmitsburg campus is 212 years old.

“We take seriously the education and training of county residents and meeting workforce needs,” said Trainor, who listed several of the Mount’s partnerships with the Chamber of Commerce and Frederick employers such as Leidos, AstraZeneca and Frederick County Public Schools. He thanked Jennifer Staiger, associate provost of the Division of Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education, and her team at the Frederick campus for their work in developing these partnerships and the Mount's inclusion in ROOT. 

Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rick Weldon, Hood College staff and other ROOT tenants also attended the ceremony.

“Thank you for your long and ongoing commitment to Frederick County,” said O’Connor who noted that the city is blessed to be the home of a community college and two universities.