We are grateful to the many partners of the Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration. These partners continue to provide significant resources to the planning and execution of events, programs and activities of the celebration.
In 2013, it was the Columbia Association that initiated the planning of the 50th birthday. They formed the 501C3 corporation and extended the invitations to the initial Board of Directors. The Columbia Association continues to play a leadership role in the number of employees they have involved in the birthday celebration and the financial resources that they have committed to the three years of planning and celebration.
CFA spotlights Columbia and Howard County as an arts and cultural hub known far and wide as a dynamic place to live, work, and visit. Through its cultural and artistic presentations – combined with active participation and partnerships within the community – the Festival will stimulate a new creative vitality throughout the region.
Columbia Festival of the Arts
The Downtown Columbia Partnership strives to present an urban district that embodies Columbia’s downtown vision and embraces the future. It promotes the community and its businesses, implements beautification projects, supports transportation initiatives and brings people together. The Downtown Columbia Partnership looks out for the best interests of the community as a whole, as well as the people who make it special.
Downtown Columbia Partnership
HoCoMoJo is an independent, collaborative 21st century news source for Howard County, MD.
Whatever your interest, a HCC Education is a smart choice for your personal pathway to success.
Seven academic divisions offer Associate Degree programs, community services, continuing education and workforce development.
Howard Community College
The Howard County Chamber of Commerce advances the growth and success of the business community. A membership organization whose mission is to serve as the voice of business, provide information, resources and facilitate connections.
Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Howard County General Hospital is a 259-bed not for profit health care provider located on Cedar Lane, Columbia since 1973. The mission: provide the highest quality care to improve the health of our entire community through innovation, collaboration, service excellence, diversity and a commitment to patient safety.
Columbia has been a source of pride for Howard County since Jim Rouse first unveiled his vision for a model planned community. Built around the shared values of economic, racial, and cultural harmony, Rouse imagined a beautiful, self-sustaining city complete with jobs, schools, shopping, medical services and a wide range of housing choices. Columbia did, in fact, become the new “American city” and it now regularly ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. Howard County Government is a proud partner in this celebration of Columbia’s 50th birthday.
Over 90 percent of Howard County residents have and use their library card. The Howard County Library System was designated library of the year in 2013 by Library Journal. The mission to deliver high quality public education for all ages takes place in seven branches lending over 7.3 million items in 2015. HCLS is a vital component of Howard County’s renowned education system.
Howard County Library System
Howard County is one of the most outstanding places to live, work and play in the USA. Visit Howard County’s mission is to increase, develop and promote tourism in the county by featuring the prime location for services, products and people—the foremost source for information where Maryland comes together.
Howard County Office of Tourism
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential and mixed use real estate throughout the country. The company is comprised of master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 16 states from New York to Hawaii. Columbia, MD is one of the company’s signature assets.
Indulge in the brands you love. Five anchor stores: Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney and Sears. Over 200 specialty stores, bustling Food Court and several signature restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang, Seasons 52, Maggianos along with 14-screen AMC Theatres. The Mall in Columbia is a GGP center.
The Mall in Columbia
Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most beautiful and storied amphitheaters—nestled in 40 acres of forest between Washington and Baltimore. The natural outdoor setting is one that cannot be matched. The superb sound system and large video screens make this venue a favorite. Merriweather is music and so much more. It is a gorgeous walk in the park.