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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, MD

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. 


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: 

Howard County earns AAA rating from all three bond rating agencies

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced the County has received an AAA credit rating, the highest possible score, from all three bond ratings agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Services and Standard & Poor’s all have recognized the County’s vibrant economy, diverse revenue streams, and strong financial policies and practices. Howard County is one of just 41 counties among more than 3,000 in the U.S. to earn a Triple-A rating from all three agencies.

Howard County's Astrum Solar Plans Expansion, 240 New Jobs

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Deputy Secretary Benjamin Wu, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Howard County Economic Development Authority CEO Lawrence F. Twele today joined with executives from Astrum Solar® to announce the company’s expansion and plans to add 240 new jobs over the next three years. A leading residential solar power provider and part of the Direct Energy® family of brands, Astrum Solar will triple its footprint at their Annapolis Junction headquarters and bring its total number of employees to 315 by the end of 2017.

Howard County Economic Development Authority Launches Ignite Howard County

The Howard County Economic Development Authority is proud to announce the first Ignite Howard County event scheduled for April 13, 2015. The inaugural event will take place at Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, Maryland.

Epitaxial Technologies Poised for Growth in Howard County

Howard County Economic Development Authority today announced a $250,000 Catalyst Loan for Epitaxial Technologies, LLC. The three year loan will be used to expand the company’s operations and support the development of Epitaxial’s optical sensor technology.


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: 


HTC: Membership 101

4/03/15 12:00 PM Join the Howard Tech Council for our free HTC Membership 101 Lunch! 

Souping Up Your Makerbot

4/06/15 6:30 PM

This workshop will focus on enhancements and upgrades that end users can make to their MakerBot Replicator 2 and Replicator 2X desktop printers. The Makerbot printers are great machines however there is some room for improvement. This workshop will introduce the student to details regarding these printers and what modifications and upgrades can be installed to create exceptional print quality. The workshop will also address the regular maintenance of these printers to keep them producing prints with optimal quality. This is an invaluable workshop for anyone!

Intro to SolidWorks for 3D Printing

4/07/15 6:00 PM This introductory course will focus on the industry standard CAD software package, SolidWorksTM. Real world skill sets will be taught which will allow for the creation of highly precise 3 dimensional computer aided design models. Students taking this class will come away with useful skill sets that can be used for modeling and visualization of all types of products.

3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab Demo Day

4/08/15 12:00 PM The second Wednesday of the month from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., we will host an demo day for those who want to learn more about 3D Maryland and the Innovation + Prototyping Lab.

Open Source Design Software for 3D Printing

4/09/15 6:00 PM This introductory course is an overview of easy to use open source design tools with a focus on 123Design. This class will provide a survey of tools to inspire the not-yet-professional user. We will start with drag and drop tools, move to more advanced work in 123Design, and end the course with a brief overview of file repair and printing options to improve your designs. Curiosity and a basic computer familiarity are the only prerequisites.

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".