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Calendar of Events for March
Last time these pages were updated, March 9, 2017 3:27 PM

Scouting for Food is being held
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Starting the week of March 4, Boy Scout, Cub Scouts, Venturing Crew members and Girl Scouts in Howard County are going to be distributing a bag at your home asking for food donations (non-perishable, unexpired in non-glass containers).  They will come back on Saturday, March 11, at 8 a.m. to collect your donation from where they left the bag. Feel free to use additional bags.

The food will be delivered to one of 25 food pantries in the Howard County.  The need is great, and we would appreciate your help in restocking the shelves of these food pantries as they get ready to serve local families through the spring and summer months.

If we missed dropping off a bag, please feel free to still donate in your own bags.  If your donation is not picked up, please email scoutingforfoodnpd@verizon.net and we will gladly come get it.

 Urban Land Institute
Recommendations Presentation
Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI)*, descended on Ellicott City on January 11th and 12th like a gentle swat team.  They interviewed hundreds of people in town and toured every building.  In 48 hours, they presented their findings to a small crowd of stakeholders.
Their insights and ideas were amazing.  The ECP feels strongly that EVERY historic district property owner, business owner  and resident should hear this presentation and learn about ULI recommendations for the future of Old Ellicott City. 
This meeting is specifically geared to residents living in the historic district area, but everyone is welcome.  We are starting the meeting a little later, at 7 p.m., to allow residents to get home from work and then to the meeting.  
Drinks and desserts will be provided.  Please RSVP to maureen@visitellicottcity.com or by calling 443-240-2060.



Brad Rogers will present the Urban Land Institute recommendations at a meeting on March 23 at 7 p.m.

Don' Have Time To Attend This Meeting?  
Watch It On The Web!

If you missed the first two meetings, you should really try to attend the meeting on March 23.  Brad Rogers does an amazing job of presenting the findings of the ULI experts who have worked on projects like National Harbor and Union Station.

We strongly urge you to attend this meeting but if you can't, we have a link to a video recording of the presentation originally filmed on January 15, 2017 at the George Howard Building.


Just Released! 


Disclaimer:  These recommendations are just that...recommendations.   No decisions have been made concerning the future of Ellicott City.   The County is engaging in a Master Plan process and community meetings will be held later in the year.  

Peer To Peer Meeting Series with Garrett Glover
at the Millworks - ECP Office
March 22, 2017 at 6 p.m. will focus on 
Working Together as Competitors and Collaborators
Sign Up Today!  Spaces are limited!

“EC UNITED" is the second in a series of “peer-to-peer dialogues” for Ellicott City Main Street businesses created by Garrett Glover, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Retail Specialist and High Impact Consultant.  The dialogue will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the ECP office located at 8098 Main Street in the Millworks building.
Garrett will outline and lead a discussion about a strategy by which Main Street merchants can work together as competitors and collaborators toward the betterment and ongoing economic development of EC’s historic commercial district.  
In doing so, Garrett will share insights gained from his work with current EC businesses and explain how this message -- basically “united we stand, divided we fall” -- could shape “dialogues” and programs to come.
Of course ECP will have light refreshment and drink so you can come right after wok. Seating is limited to 25, so RSVP by calling 443-240-2060 or sending an e-mail to maureen@visitellicottcity.com.   

The Hills of Milltown 5K Challenge
Mother's Day - Sunday, May 14th

The streets of Ellicott City will be filled with runners on Sunday, May 14, Mother's Day,  for the annual Hills of Milltown 5K Challenge.   "Our goal this year is 200+ runners.",  states Ed Lilley, who is the hard working chair of this event and a member of ECP's Clean Green and Safe Committee.  Proceeds from this race are distributed to Blossoms of Hope and the ECP Beautification fund.  Sponsorships are still available.  

Each racer will receive a SWAG bag with coupons, brochures, and promotional items.  Do you have items to promote your business for the bags like a coupon, flyer or other item?  Contact Ed Lilley at 410-303-2959 and he will make arrangements to pick up. He can also tell you about sponsorship opportunities.   
Click here to view a map of the race or to view an application.    

Spring Fest - April 22, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day at Old Ellicott City’s annual Spring Fest celebration on April 22, 2017 from 12 noon to 7:30 p.m.  The event will be held throughout the town and highlights include:

  • 3 Stages of Music
  • Craft Beer & Wine Gardens, featuring Howard County's Best Breweries
  • Free Kids Crafts - We;ve added a new craft area on the B&O plaza.
  • Sidewalk Sales
  • Vendors & more

Would you like to be a vendor?  10' X 10' spaces are available at the following prices:

  • Craft Vendors $125
  • Food Vendors $ 200
  • Main Street Ellicott City Businesses (brick and mortar stores) will get a $50 discount on above prices. 

Please read the rules carefully as you must have a certificate of insurance, food permit (if serving food) and a fire resistant tent.  To view the rules and submit an application, click here.

Vendor Opportunity 
Haven On The Lake
Have On The Lake in Columbia offered our displaced merchants free space at their holiday shopping event in December and merchants reported doing very, very well. They are hosting a spring shopping event on Thursday evening April 27, 2017 from 5-8 pm and are seeking businesses that would offer "Mother's Day" gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, graduation gifts, etc..  Spaces are $45 and you must of a certificate of insurance.  
Contact Karen Titus at 410-715-3025 if interested asap.


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