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  Howard County Executive Ken Ulman
Ken has been called "smart, committed and focused." In the first months of his term, Ken delivered on his campaign platform by focusing on key areas, such as public safety and health, education and the environment, while always keeping his eyes on his number one focus—strengthening the excellent quality of life Howard County is known for.
  Howard County Recycling Program
County Recycling Program participants may place their recyclables out all together. Metal cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles and jars can be combined with mixed paper and cardboard, without any need for bagging or binding the paper separately. One bin or see-through bag is all you need for your recyclable containers, mixed paper and cardboard. Yard waste is still placed out separately.

Recycle That Christmas Tree in Howard County

Howard County is offering residents several free ways to recycle their real Christmas trees through its Merry Mulch program, now in its 18th year.

Through the program, residents can drop their trees off for free at one of ten sites, knowing they will stay out of the landfill and instead be composted and reused as mulch. CLICK HERE for more information
  Howard County Recent News
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman invites residents 2 celebrate Columbia/Ellicott City’s #2 ranking on Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in America” 2010 list at the Sunset Serenade concert on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m., in Centennial Park off Route 108, a mid-way point between the winning locations. The night will feature light-hearted fun, really cool giveaways (like Nestle-Dreyer’s ice cream) and a hot concert featuring soul, funk and pop by the Eric Scott Band.
  Howard County Public Officials
Here are the people who head your county government and represent you on the state and federal levels. If you have any questions or comments about government services and programs, please contact them.
  Howard County Job Listings
HELPFUL FACTS...to consider when applying for employment with Howard County Government.
* All open positions are advertised in the Government Job Announcement, available in the Office of Human Resources, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD.
* Job Announcements are generated on Friday afternoons if new positions are being advertised.
* All positions have a closing date which is specified in the Job Announcement.
* All open positions are also listed here on our website at http://www.howardcountymd.gov and on our JOBLINE recording at 410-313-4460. The recording is updated every week by Monday afternoon if new positions are advertised.
Columbia is a census-designated place and planned community in Howard County, Maryland, United States. It is a suburb of Baltimore and, to a lesser degree, Washington, DC. It began with the idea that a city could enhance its residents' quality of life. Creator and developer James W. Rouse saw the new community in terms of human values, not just in terms of economics and engineering. Opened in 1967, Columbia was designed to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design, but also eliminate racial, religious, and income segregation.

Today, Columbia has a population of about 94,600 (making it the largest unincorporated community in Maryland). By the early 2000s, the town had acquired many of the characteristics of other contemporary U.S. suburbs, such as increasingly large private homes on large parcels and "big-box" retail stores accessible mostly by automobile. Nevertheless, Rouse's ethos remains a strong influence upon the physical and political development of Columbia.
Ellicott City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Howard County, Maryland, United States. The population was 56,397 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Howard County. Founded in 1772, the town features the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station Museum, built in 1830, a downtown historic district ,which is a very popular destination among antiques shoppers, with restaurants, eclectic boutique shops, coffee shops, a tea room and many historic sites. As of the 2000 Census, Ellicott City surpassed Towson, Maryland, as the largest unincorporated county seat in the country. In July 2006, Ellicott City/Columbia was ranked 4th by CNN/Money and Money magazine on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. Ellicott City is listed amongst America's most affluent communities and is located in Howard County, the third wealthiest county in the United States according the U.S. Census Bureau. The downtown area is often called "Historic Ellicott City" or "Old Ellicott City", to distinguish it from the unincorporated area that extends north to the Baltimore County line, south to Columbia, and west to West Friendship.
 What's Going on in Howard County, Maryland
 Howard County Public Schools system manages 71 schools and serves approximately 49,000 students. The graduation rate from this school district is an above average 92%. One of the primary measures of excellence in Howard County living is the quality of its public school system. Howard County's schools, which serve nearly 50,000 students, are ranked among the best in the state. Student test scores consistently top the list for all Maryland school districts. Public school construction has kept pace with the county’s growth in recent years to safeguard against crowded classrooms. Reservoir High School is currently the largest school in the county with 1,500 students.  MORE
 Wine in the Woods-mark your calendar! Celebrate the charm and character of an event that has aged to perfection! Sample Maryland's finest wines from a souvenir glass; make food purchases from an abundance of high quality, distinctive restaurants and caterers; sharpen your palate by attending wine education seminars; enjoy exceptional works offered by invited artists and craftspersons; and revel in continuous live entertainment on the jazz and main stages. Ask about the designated driver program. Volunteers are needed; please call 410-313-4624. MORE
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There are eighteen Community Parks in Howard County. From Alpha Ridge to Worthington they provide active and passive recreational opportunities. They also serve organized sports groups. Most are developed, some have been left in their natural state. Information about these parks is currently being added to our website with a goal of listing some information about each of the sites. MORE
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Volunteer Opportunities-Mission Statement: The mission of the volunteer program is to enhance the programs and services of the Recreation and Parks Department with additional resources while providing an opportunity for the citizens of Howard County to contribute to their community. MORE
 Merriweather Post Pavilion, named for cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, is an outdoor concert venue located among Symphony Woods, a 40-acre lot of preserved land that sits in the heart of the planned community of Columbia, Maryland. It was originally intended to be a summer home for the National Symphony Orchestra but later became a venue for more popular music concerts. It was designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry and opened in 1967. The current capacity is 16,500. High schools in Howard County, Maryland, hold their graduation ceremonies at Merriweather Post in either late May or early June of each year. Jimmy Buffett has played Merriweather more than any other artist -- over 40 times. SCHEDULE
 Howard County Library ranks first in the nation among great public libraries according to Hennen's American Public Library Ratings 2005 and was named the Howard County Chamber of Commerce's Non-Profit Business of the Year in 2003. The Library welcomes customers at six locations and online. Customers can access the catalog, live online reference services, and subscription databases in the branches or online. These resources are available to anyone with a library card 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  MORE
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Welcome to Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Howard County General Hospital has been serving our community for more than 30 years. Our mission, "Provide the highest quality care to improve the health of our entire community through innovation, collaboration, service excellence, diversity and a commitment to patient safety" is carried through in all that we do.
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LOCATE: Child Care is a free, personalized resource and referral counseling service designed to help parents choose a quality child care program that meets their needs. LOCATE: Child Care maintains a computerized listing of all Howard County: * Registered family child care homes * Licensed center-based and school-age programs * Certified camps * Certified nursery schools * Head Start programs
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Want to learn about any neighborhood in Howard County? Looking for school district information? Want to know where the closest library or police station is? Want to know your council or congressional district? Need to know your property liber or folio number? Get all that information and more. MORE
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