Frederick County, MD
The CE (County Executive) is committed to racial equity and social justice for all. They acknowledge the challenges in institutionalizing changes toward achievement of these goals throughout the County. Initial efforts to toward achieving these goals include:
By launching a County employee diversity committee, Frederick County is beginning to identify areas where the workforce lacks diversity. In addition, an RFP to solicit proposals for analysis of employee diversity, hiring, and retention practices, and other systemic personnel initiatives is also underway. Frederick County will also hire coordinators of diversity training and diversity recruitment.
Frederick County Office of Economic Development created a Minority Business Vision and has held monthly networking events and a leadership training for the past 6 years and recently created a Minority Business Executive Development Program with area colleges.
In spring 2020 the County Executive began meeting with the African American community and business members in listening sessions to hear their concerns, needs, and challenges. There have been 12 listening sessions and five key information interviews to date. The CE also held a town hall titled, “A Conversation about Racial Equity”, with speakers from education, health, advocacy, and economic development.
Those tools and resources are now available on the Frederick County website. Visit the site to learn more about why the County has chosen to lead with race, meet the Frederick County staff, and browse the racial equity resources available for use.