Mayor's Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team Committee


The Steering Committee will lead the Mayor’s Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team Workgroups. They will oversee the delivery of a consolidated report summarizing the efforts of five targeted workgroups: 

  • Civic Engagement
  • 21st Century Technology and Communication
  • Economic Resilience
  • Expanding Opportunity
  • City Operations and Organization

Final Reports

Citizens can provide feedback to the Mayor on the Final Reports by emailing or filling out the online feedback form here.

Steering Committee Members

Co-Chairs Kelly Russell and Jim Racheff, Elizabeth Cromwell, Ted Gregory, and Ted Luck

Steering Committee Agendas and Minutes

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Workgroup Members


The Steering Committee will ensure the workgroups maximize employee and public involvement, collect meaningful data that provides a baseline on Frederick’s current assets and challenges, and identify short, mid, and long-term goals and actions for implementation to support innovation that will move Frederick forward.

Each workgroup will conduct a Strengths, Aspirations, Opportunities, and Results (SOAR) evaluation, which will focus on assessing the City’s current capabilities and create the framework for a future City Strategic Plan. When conducting a SOAR analysis, the basic questions to be answered are:

  1. What are our greatest strengths?
  2. What are our best opportunities?
  3. What is our preferred future?
  4. What are the measurable results that will tell us we’ve achieved that vision of the future?

Evaluations will encompass departments of City government, the mission and function of various City boards and commissions, and City intersections with community, business, and non-profit partners. They will identify the obstacles to near and long-term success and whether or not these challenges are budgetary, organizational, or staffing related.

The Steering Committee will ensure the Workgroups are enabled and empowered to conduct their work effectively. It will also identify those areas where implementation of this process was desired but not practical or feasible, and provide recommendations for future action to address these gaps.


The committee will operate in accordance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act. Its meetings and deliverables will occur timely and in a manner that is user friendly, enhances community engagement and diversity of thought, and is problem solving. Administrative support for the Committee will be provided by the appropriate City staff/agency.


Co-Chairs Kelly Russell and Jim Racheff, Elizabeth Cromwell, Ted Gregory, and Ted Luck


Final report is due June 30, 2018. The steering committee will meet every two weeks, or as necessary, until completion of their work.

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