FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick County officials say they’re stepping up efforts to attract and keep businesses.

County Commissioners Chairman Blaine Young says that starting Monday, the new office of Business Development and Retention will meet weekly with businesses to improve interaction with the county government.

 He also says the commissioners will expand a program that publicly recognizes business achievements and job creation.

The changes follow a shake-up earlier this month that eliminated the county’s Office of Economic Development and its director. Young says the restructuring will save the county $200,000 a year.

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