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County Executive Pledges Support for Ellicott City's Main Street

'I believe Ellicott City has the best Main Street in the country.' —Howard County Executive Ken Ulman

Main Street in Ellicott City is on its way to achieving a special designation, county officials say.
Main Street in Ellicott City is on its way to achieving a special designation, county officials say.

Ellicott City is known for having an active Main Street but local leaders including the county executive are hoping to take its recognition to the next level.

"I believe Ellicott City has the best Main Street in the country, and we are going to put resources behind that view," Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said Monday, after he filed a resolution with the County Council to put the county's official stamp of approval on the effort to join the Maryland Main Street program.

For at least a year, Ellicott City has been checking off requirements to achieve designation as a "Main Street Maryland" community.

The Main Street Maryland program, run by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, includes more than 20 communities whose downtown business districts are eligible for state funding and additional community development resources.

Ellicott City was part of the program in the 1990s but its membership lapsed when Main Street wasn't able to keep a full-time employee on staff, Patch previously reported.

Last month a new Main Street manager came on board, addressing one requirement for admission into the program.

In June 2013, historic preservation advocates and business owners joined forces to form the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership, meeting another requirement.

According to Howard County, a letter of support from the local government is a necessity for applying as well. Ulman filed a letter and official resolution to be considered by the County Council at its July 7 meeting.

"This is an exciting step that will help Ellicott City reach the next level," Ulman said.

The resolution will be introduced at the council's July 7 meeting and will be voted on at the July 28 session, according to county spokesman Mark Miller. Soon after, the county will submit its application for Main Street designation and may hear back by September or October, Miller said.

The Main Street Maryland designation would give Ellicott City priority for state funding, technical planning access, orientation for the Main Street manager and membership in the National Main Street Trust Center.

Other Main Streets close to Ellicott City include Annapolis and Westminster.

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JaySmith July 08, 2014 at 07:06 AM
Ullman finds more pointless and unconstructive ways to spend our tax dollars AND waste his time........than he should. Let's just keep it as that. Maybe he should do something revolutionary and novel, like reduce govt spending, taxation, and involvement in our lives. That's what I'll look for, as a retirement destination (another state)
J Leland July 08, 2014 at 09:26 AM
How is promoting the businesses and tourism that Elliott City depends on "pointless and unconstructive"? Elevating Main Street as a destination is long overdue. Complaining; it’s kind of what you’re good at, isn’t it?
Dave July 09, 2014 at 04:57 PM
How is promoting the businesses and tourism that Elliott City depends on "pointless and unconstructive"? Because it's not the GOVERNMENTs job. It's not the Gov'ts job to take my money and use it to 'advertise' for certain businesses. As JaySmith says, reduce all of our taxes (and involvement in our lives, too!) and maybe we'll just naturally spend more money in Ellicott City. Reduce the taxes on the businesses, and maybe they'll have more money to advertise FOR THEMSELVES! The way it's supposed to be!
MG42 July 08, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Main Street EC is the lamest place in the world. It certainly doesn't merit state subsidy. This is the richest county in the state, why should folks in Garrett County subsidize Ellicott City?
Matt Bechta July 11, 2014 at 06:58 AM
No. As the richest county, Howard countians pay more per capita than other counties, thus paying in more to the State funds then they draw, thus subsidizing other counties.

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