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Ginette Serrero, CEO A&G Pharma

"For a growing biotech company, Howard County is strategically located near government scientific and regulatory agencies, a major airport, and top-notch academic institutions that provide a pool of talented researchers." (Photo by David Hobby)

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Welcome to Howard County

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is a public-private partnership whose primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, targeting new businesses and attracting corporate and regional headquarters. 


2014 HTC Tech Awards

Come celebrate another successful year at the 2014 HTC Tech Awards! This year's HTC Awards will feature keynote Christine Furstoss. Christine is the Technical Director for Manufacturing and Materials Technologies based at GE’s Global Research Center. Register for the event now!

Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.

What's Hot

We're all about business growth in Howard County - and with so much going on, it shows! Here's what's happening now: 

Senator Mikulski Reviews Howard County Innovation Jobs Efforts During Visit Led by Councilwoman Watson

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Monday reviewed Howard County’s newest innovation jobs development efforts during a visit to the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship with Howard County Council Vice-Chairperson Courtney Watson.

County Executive Ulman Announces that Ellicott City Poised to be Named Main Street Maryland Community

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today announced his support for Ellicott City Main Street to be named a Main Street Maryland community, a state and local partnership that comes with access to a menu of community development resources. The designation will create a framework for improved marketing and financial opportunities for the historic district that will ensure its future vitality.

New Advisory Board Chair Named at Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) is proud to announce that Judy L. Harris, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Connections, LLC, has been named Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE).

Oracle Acquisition of MICROS Systems Will Continue Investment in Howard County, County Executive Ulman says

County Executive Ken Ulman said today that Oracle’s announced acquisition of Howard County-based MICROS Systems is expected to lead to job growth and a continued major presence in the County.


The HCEDA sponsors and collaborates in great events throughout the year - speaker's series, networking meetups, conferences and awards ceremonies. Get in on the action, sign up and get involved or view community Events.

Upcoming Events: 


HACKIT Roundtable: Inspiring a STEM Generation in Howard County and Beyond

7/24/14 4:30 PM A huge demand exists for Cyber- and STEM-skilled professionals to meet Maryland's leading-edge workforce needs. Inspiring and guiding the next generation of technology professionals will be crucial for Howard County to maintain its leadership position in innovation and growth.

HTC Membership 101 - August

8/01/14 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab Demo Day

8/13/14 12:00 PM The second Wednesday of the month from 12- 1:30pm, we will host an demo day for those who want to learn more about 3D Maryland and the Innovation + Prototyping Lab.

HTC End Of Summer Bash

8/26/14 5:00 PM Celebrate with the howard tech council at their largest party of the year! Enjoy an evening of festivities on the patio at clyde’s in Columbia. This event is the htc’s largest party of year, drawing hundreds of local professionals together for the evening. This event will sell out, so act now!

3D Maryland Expert User Group: Electroplated Additive Manufactured Parts – Composites without Tooling

9/04/14 5:00 PM Learn about structural electroplating applied to resin based additive manufactured parts as a cost effective enabler to increase the performance of 3D printed parts. 3D printing removes many manufacturing constraints for designers but the constraints of the 3D printing process itself restricts the resins available for building parts to just a handful of thermoplastic and photoset materials, often with limited temperature capability. Electroplating coatings have mechanical properties equivalent to steel and can easily be applied to nearly all 3D printed resin parts to make a composite that is stiffer and stronger, more fatigue, impact, wear and heat resistant and improves long term creep performance. Additionally, properties of metal coated 3D printed resin parts can be analyzed using standard composite methodology. Steve Storck will present on hybrid structures for improving weight-specific properties such as strength, stiffness, and energy absorption per unit weight. The research presented will focus on a FDM-Nickel electroformed hybrid materials to compete with aluminum honeycomb, which is the current state of the art in the aerospace industry. The use of FDM additive manufacturing removes traditional manufacturing constraints which limit the optimization of sandwich topologies.

Dr. Sean Wise is President of RePliForm Inc, a company that specializes in applying high performance metal coatings to additive manufactured parts. Prior to working on coating AM parts, he worked on prototype tooling methods for advanced composite parts and molded thermoplastic parts.
Steve Storck is a doctoral candidate at UMBC in materials engineering. He recently received a regional award from SAMPE for his work on hybrid structures.

Stats, Maps, and Lists

Everything you need to know about Howard County at your fingertips.

Business Lists

Howard County is home to thousands of businesses of all sizes -- from corporate headquarters -- to businesses where the dining room table serves as the desk and conference table. Some examples of reports and lists available:

  • Major Employers
  • New and Expanding
  • Industry Lists...and more


Howard County is one of Maryland's fastest-growing regions, increasing its population by 34 percent over the past decade.


Links to website where you can find informative maps and data.

Economic Indicators

Review the most currently available economic indicators for Howard County and surrounding areas.

Success Stories

For every new business in Howard County, there's a success story behind it.


Over the last three years, we developed a very sophisticated video engagement and collaboration platform that is cloud and mobile-based.

Shea Radiance

The Alabis founded Shea Radiance after they started using pure, unrefined shea butter to develop skincare for their children. Long familiar with the legendary power of shea, the Alabis concocted a product that was the only solution for their son's severely dry skin and eczema.

A&G Pharmaceutical

A&G Pharmaceutical is focused on the development & commercialization of innovative personalized medicine products to diagnose and treat life threatening human cancers. A&G is developing a tissue and blood test kits that will improve early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer based on the biomarker "GP88/PGRN".