Press Releases and Blog

For more information about HCEDA news or press releases, contact Michele Haltmeyer at mhaltmeyer@hceda.org.

  • Enjoy Strawberry Season in Howard County: A Guide to the Best Pick-Your-Own Farms

    Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Spring has arrived, and with it, the delightful strawberry season is upon us! The sweet, juicy taste of freshly ripened strawberries is something you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re a local or visiting, picking your own strawberries is a fantastic way to enjoy the season and create wonderful memories with family and friends. Howard […]
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  • Empowering Creative Entrepreneurship: Unveiling the Accelerator

    Wednesday, May 1, 2024

    The Accelerator, located at the Kenneth S Ulman Innovation Hub, home to the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) and Maryland Innovation Center (MIC), stands as a beacon of innovation, collaboration and economic growth.
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  • Growth of The Goddard School of Columbia

    Wednesday, April 17, 2024

    Growth of The Goddard School of Columbia: Serving our Community, Strengthening our Economy On April 15, 2024, The Goddard School of Columbia marked an expansion milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by notable guests including County Executive Calvin Ball, Councilwoman Christiana Rigby, HCEDA CEO Jennifer Jones, Howard Community College President Dr. Daria Willis and Maryland […]
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  • Columbia Named Happiest City in Maryland

    Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    Ranked top ten “Happiest Cities in America” for 2024   ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has announced that Columbia has been named Maryland’s “Happiest Cities in America” for 2024 by WalletHub. Ranked in the top ten happiest cities in America, Columbia previously ranked in top ten in 2022 and 2023. Baltimore, […]
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  • Howard County Fair: The Best Place to be this August to Support 4-H and Have Fun

    Friday, August 4, 2023

    By: Samantha Dixon Every summer for the past 76 years in West Friendship, Maryland, the annual Howard County Fair has been the place to be. Visitors get to enjoy lots of fun games, carnival rides, and eat tons of deep-fried food. This weeklong event also gives young 4-Hers the chance to exhibit a variety of […]
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  • New HCEDA CEO, Jennifer Jones, Aims to Strengthen Community Engagement and Business Growth

    Wednesday, August 2, 2023

    As she takes the reins at Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), new CEO Jennifer Jones plans to emphasize the abundance of available resources and increase HCEDA’s presence in the community. A true local, Jones originates from Howard County and boasts two decades of experience in business development and support. With a deep personal connection […]
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  • The Growth of the Howard County FFA Chapter and Agriculture Academy

    Wednesday, July 26, 2023

    By: Samantha Dixon, HCEDA Agriculture Intern Advocating and expanding agriculture education in public school systems allows the youth to gain a better perspective on the world of agriculture through an FFA Chapter. After the 20-plus-year absence of the Howard County FFA Chapter, much community support was needed to bring back the program. Howard County’s Public-School […]
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  • Howard County Farm Changing Business Plans for Operation

    Wednesday, July 26, 2023

    By: Samantha Dixon, HCEDA Agriculture Intern When turning into a farm located in western Howard County, I was first introduced to a sign that read ‘Bowling Green Farm’. When I continued traveling down the long gravel-road driveway, I passed various current and passed family-owned houses, barns for equipment and livestock, as well as antique tractors […]
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  • Office of Workforce Development Empowers Howard Businesses

    Wednesday, June 28, 2023

    The HCEDA has a powerful partner in strengthening local businesses: the Howard County Office of Workforce Development. Under the leadership of Director Francine Trout, this office plays a crucial role in supporting job seekers at all stages and helping employers find the perfect candidates to join their teams. With a wide range of programs tailored […]
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  • County Executive Ball Appoints New Howard County Economic Development Authority CEO Jennifer Jones

    Wednesday, June 21, 2023

    Columbia, MD (June 21, 2023) – Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball has appointed Jennifer Jones as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA). The Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Board of Directors unanimously approved Jones’s appointment. Jones will begin this role on July 5, 2023. “Jennifer Jones is […]
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