For this particular column, and other business news, I use the ladies at the Downtown Frederick Partnership a lot. I’m always calling them for quotes, contacts or a jumping off point for a story i’m working on.
And they always deliver. There have been times I reached out to them at 5 p.m. on a Friday for something and they never hesitated to help me out.
These four ladies, in my eyes, run the ship that is downtown Frederick. They are always juggling many balls in the air but seem cool, calm and collected when doing so. So to get a deeper look, I decided to follow each one individually to profile for this column.
The fourth and final woman I shadowed was Danielle Doll, associate director for the partnership.
Last week, I met her at the partnership office on E. Church Street where we walked to a potential spot for the partnership’s annual Thank You event.
The Thank You event is just that. It’s the partnership’s way to thank all of its partners, investors and businesses for their support.
“The tour bus is leaving ladies,” Doll said to the other partnership women. “And by tour bus I mean your legs.”
We then all headed out to a building on Carroll Creek that will soon be a distillery and is currently undergoing renovations.
“Traditionally, we look for buildings that are in transition, either recently completed or underway,” Doll said. “It’s so we can say, ‘Hey look at this cool building. These people are in here and they made an investment in downtown Frederick.’”
While touring the soon-to-be distillery I was snapping photos of Doll for this very column when I caught Cecylia Morrison, who I profiled last week, posing for a photo.
“You had your turn,” Doll jokingly said to Morrison. “She saved the best for last.”
It was nice, I found myself with all of the partnership ladies in this empty building for this last follow. Kind of a sweet ending to a four-week profile of each of them.
Their new intern was there as well, it was her first day. I could only imagine what she was thinking. Kidding, the partnership ladies are awesome.
Doll will celebrate six years with the partnership come fall. A lot of different things make up her day, but her primary role is fundraising.
“It’s easy to raise money for something that you’re passionate about,” she said. “It’s also fun because we raise money and in most cases, immediately implement things and see it right back in the community in various ways.”
One fundraising effort was adding cigarette butt receptacles downtown.
But her job entails so much more than that.
Last week she mailed out Alive at Five tickets to the partnership’s investors, helped people with tax credit donations and set up meetings with commercial real estate companies downtown.
During those meetings with realtors, the partnership can get an idea of businesses that want to come to downtown. The partnership can then help those potential businesses with the tools that they need or information that would be helpful to them.
She also works on special projects like the holiday lights you see downtown during the colder months.
And through her various projects, she spends a lot of time walking around downtown.
“A lot of folks are always like, ‘Hey, I recognize you. I see you walking around town a lot.’” she said. “I get that all the time.”
Her friends joke that she’s the mayor of downtown, but she immediately corrects them in saying she likes knowing a lot of people and building those partnerships, but she also likes her anonymity.
But if you do see her downtown, now you have a better idea of what she does after reading this column. Hopefully it gave you a better idea of what all the partnership ladies do.
Once we got back to the partnership, the other ladies went inside and Doll and I stood outside for another minute.
She thanked me for doing the profiles as she said most people don’t know what they do.
Happy to help ladies, and thank you for always helping me. See you at the Thank You event.