On July 30, 2016, Old Ellicott City
experienced devastating flooding when
nearly six inches of rain fell in less than
two hours. The town was declared a Federal Disaster Area and Main Street was shut
down for two months as cleanup efforts
The 2016 Economic Impact Study for
the Ellicott City Flood highlighted that
the flood caused a reduction in economic
activity of $67.2 million, reduced labor
income of $27.2 million, and brought
about the loss of 151 jobs and a decrease
in county government revenue as much as
$1.3 million. But that was last year.
On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the flood, Old Ellicott City
is “back on its street.” About 90% of
the businesses have reopened, and they
have been joined by 15 new ventures,
demonstrating the vitality and spirit of
this small town.
The Ellicott City Partnership (ECP)
is leading this Maryland Main Street
Community into a bright future. “The
strong partnerships we’ve forged with
our business community and Howard
County Government agencies, especially
with Tourism and Howard County Eco-
nomic Development Authority,” said ECP
President Karen Besson, “will be key in
the continued economic recovery of our
historic town. We’ve been presented with
the unique opportunity to revitalize our
• 12 businesses have added e-commerce
to their sites.
• One local business was recently nominated for 2017 eBay Shine Awards’ Global
Small Business of the Year.
• In addition to one-on-one consultations, monthly peer-to-peer dialogues give
merchants the opportunity to discuss ideas
and share successes.
Howard County is currently developing a master plan that will take a fresh,
creative look at potential long-term flood
mitigation solutions and strategies, as well
as new infrastructure design concepts. This
comprehensive, community-driven vision
for rebuilding a stronger and more resilient
Ellicott City is the future.
Go to www.VisitOldEllicottCity.com
for more information.
Main Street, Ellicott City, One Year Later
The City of Laurel has continued to focus on economic development efforts, with
business recruitment and retention key
for the city’s Main Street and other commercial areas. The Main Street Economic
Development Program was established to
provide relocation grants to participants
up to $10,000 to relocate new or existing
business to the Main Street area.
Also, the Retail Storefront Façade Improvement Program grants participants up
to $5,000 for approved façade renovations
to commercial properties; in addition, incentives are available for property owners
to maintain the aesthetics of their property.
Furthermore, the Economic Development Commercial Corridor Program
was created to revitalize vacant properties that would support city businesses.
The program also serves as a means for
business growth in the city that results in
increased job opportunities, an expanded
tax base and an improved quality of life.
Its target areas are along Route 1, Laurel
City Center, the Highway Corridor and the
Route One Historic District area.
Currently, there are two mixed-use
communities constructed within the city,
which include Westside and Avalon Bay.
Westside includes an apartment complex,
townhouse community and a future commercial component; Avalon Bay includes
an apartment complex and a pad-site for
a Royal Farms convenience store, which
recently obtained zoning approval.
Moreover, there are other residential
projects currently under construction:
the Evolution, an apartment complex at
Laurel Towne Centre; the redevelopment
of Laurel Gardens apartments; and Sandy
Spring Village, a duplex community. For
all new multi-family developments of 50
units or more, 6% of the housing stock
must be set aside for the city’s Affordable
Housing Program. The city is expected to
experience much more development, as
well as revitalization efforts, in the near
future as developers continue to reach out
to the department.
In addition to the new construction
and revitalization efforts, there is an annexation currently pending to annex 32.68
acres of land into the Laurel’s incorporated city limits for future development.
Annexing property into the city serves as
a means to stimulate the economic base,
provide increased real estate values and
add marketability and is a mechanism to
create growth for the community.
Finally, Laurel Mayor Craig Moe
recently appointed Christian Pulley as
director of economic and community development. She has been employed with
the city since 2008 and has held multiple
For more information, call the City of
Laurel at 301-725-3000 or visit www.
Programs in Place
to Boost City of
Laurel’s Bottom Line CORN
sunday, october 15th, 2017
St. John’s Episcopal Church
9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (doors open at 12:45 pm)
all you can eat
CRABS, OYSTERS, PIT BEEF, TURKEY, HAM, ALL THE SIDES AND DESSERTS
BEER, WINE AND SOFT DRINKS INCLUDED
CRAB FEAST TICKETS 50/50 RAFFLE TICKETS
$65 per adult Tickets $100
$20 per child ages 8-12 Only 100 tickets available
Children under 8 free (up to $5,000 payout)
TABLE OF 10: $600
Please make checks payable to Friends In Need Foundation or
cash to a rotary member
THE ELLICOTT CITY
R O T A R Y 70 th annual charity
www.ellicottcityrotary.com IN KIND:
The end of July
marked the one-year anniversary
of Ellicott City’s
devasting flash flood
where cars were
carried away and
Most of the Ellicott
City businesses have
bounced back and
shops are open with
the town returning
to its historical
Precious Gifts with
held on July 21.