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For more information about HCEDA news or press releases, contact Brian Sheavly at 410-313-0721 or at bsheavly@hceda.org.

County Executive Kittleman Announces Vision for the Future of Columbia Gateway


Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman joined economic development officials, property owners, and businesses to announce his vision to turn Columbia Gateway, Howard County’s largest business center, into an innovation district.

Laurel Manufacturer Plans Expansion, 50 New Jobs


Iron World, the fastest-growing distributor of decorative steel fences and gates in the country, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Howard County and adding 50 new jobs in the next two years. The company will invest $1 million in the project to streamline its manufacturing process and reduce costs. Improvements include exterior upgrades and extra storage space, as well as a new automated routing machine and an additional panel assembly machine, which will significantly decrease assembly time and increase production by 300 percent.

HMC, Inc. in Columbia Hires Seven Graduates of Sagamore Development’s Manufacturing Bootcamp


HMC Co. Inc., a Columbia based design and manufacturing facility, has hired seven of the first eight recent graduates of Sagamore Development’s pilot “Manufacturing Bootcamp” to work at its facility.

Millworks Business Resource Center and Coworking Space Opens in Ellicott City


The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) cut the ribbon and opened the door on Millworks, a new business resource center and coworking space on Main Street Ellicott City, named after the towns legacy as a mill town.

Urban Land Institute's Technical Assistance Panel Presentation


Members of the Urban Land Institute – Baltimore assembled on the evening of January 12th to present their recommendations regarding the future of Ellicott City.

Howard Tech Council Director to Attend White House Future of Tech Summit


The Howard Tech Council (HTC) Director, Tracy Turner, will be in attendance for the White House’s The Future of Tech Summit on December 21st as part of their commitment to the Presidents TechHire initiative.

VitusVet Reaches 25 Million Pet Medical Records Shared


VitusVet, a veterinary technology company founded in 2013 by emergency veterinarian Dr. Mark Olcott and business school classmate Kalpesh Raval, is excited to announce that more than 25 million pet medical records are currently being shared with pet owners through VitusVet’s cloud-based system.

MCE Affiliate to Support the Howard County Hops & Harvest Festival


Columbia, MD’s latest festival is getting support form one of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship’s (MCE) own members. eSPSmart, an affiliate of the MCE, is providing volunteer management and recruitment services to the Howard County Hops and Harvest Festival’s inaugural event, happening at the Lakefront in Columbia on October 8th.

Information For Businesses Involved in the Ellicott City Flooding


In the evening of July 30, 2016 Howard County experience substantial rainfall resulting in the flooding of downtown Ellicott City. This flooding did a large amount of damage to both businesses and infrastructure in the district. We are currently coordinating with many local and state resources to provide assistance for the businesses affected by the flooding.

HCEDA Issues Cyber Startup Bricata $250K VLT Loan


The Howard County Economic Development Authority announced today that they have issued Howard County based cyber startup Bricata a $250K loan through their Catalyst Loan Fund.