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.


Columbia Association


In 2013, it was the Columbia Association thaCA1t 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.


Howard County Government


HoCo-LOGO-REVColumbia 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.




Mall in Columbia


mallIndulge 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.





Howard Hughes Corporation


The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, Howard Hughes 1manages, 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.




GraceBuilt on talent, technology and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials, providing innovative products, technologies, and services that add value to the products and processes of its customers in over 60 countries around the world.





Downtown Arts Cultural Commission


dcacThe Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission’s mission is to promote artistic and cultural activities in Columbia, Maryland and ensure that the ampitheather at the heart of this community, Merriweather Post Pavilion, continues to thrive as a world-renowned home to performing arts.





The Rouse Company Foundation



The Horizon Foundation


horixzonThe Horizon Foundation is an independent philanthropy dedicated to improving the health and wellness of people living or working in Howard County, Maryland.




Williamsburg Homes


whWilliamsburg Homes builds award-winning and energy efficient townhomes and single family detached homes throughout Howard, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties in Maryland. Prices range from the $400’s to over $1 million.





Orchard Development


orchardSince 1979, Orchard Development has developed land for nearly 6,000 residential units. Initially specializing in planned communities and garden apartments, in recent years the company has concentrated on adaptive re-use, in-fill and revitalization development.



Environmental Systems Associates


esaColumbia Air Conditioning & Heating Experts For Over 40 years





First Potomac Realty Trust


potopmacFirst Potomac Realty Trust is a self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on owning, operating, and redeveloping office and business park properties in the Washington, D.C. region.



Jean Moon & Associates


Jean Moon & Associates specializes in comprehensive communications and strategic public relations.

Miles and Stockbridge Foundation, Inc.





The Chaney Fund for Hope



Individual donors:

  • Victor Broccolino
  • Padraic & Ellen Kennedy
  • Milton & Barbara Matthews
  • Barbara Kellner
  • Nancy Smith
  • Michelle Miller
  • Lawson Fund


Columbia Festival of the Arts


cfaCFA 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.





Community Foundation of Howard County


cfohcInspiring lifelong giving and connecting people, places and organizations to worthy causes across Howard County.




Howard Community College


hccWhatever 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 County Library System


HCLSOver 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 General Hospital


Howhcgh_logo_2color_webard 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.

 Howard County Chamber of Commerce


chamber of commerceThe 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 Public School System


HocCo school


Merriweather Post Pavillion


Merriweather postMerriweather 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.




Howard County Office of Tourism



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.



Downtown Columbia Partnership


dcpThe 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.