8:20 PM EDT, July 10, 2013
Howard County officials announced this week that Ellicott City has been selected as one of 20 winners in a contest that aims to give a fresh coat of paint to local communities.
The "Paint What Matters" contest, staged by Benjamin Moore, called on communities across the country and Canada to vote for themselves to be selected. At the end of the six-week campaign, Ellicott City was named among a list winners that stretched from Attleboro, Mass., to Hilo, Hawaii.
Benjamin Moore will provide paint, stain and supplies to help upgrade facades, porches, railings and other exterior building features in Ellicott City. The company will work with residents, retailers and contractors to assess needs along Main Street, officials said.
On Thursday, County Executive Ken Ulman is scheduled host an event at the Howard County Visitor Center, 8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, to celebrate the win. Those taking part will include District 1 County Councilmember Courtney Watson, Ed Lilley of Howard County Tourism and Promotion, David Carney of the Ellicott City Business Association and Angie Tersiguel of Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant.
A spokesperson for Ulman said the gathering, at 10:30 a.m., will involve laying out plans for the coming months, as well as shooting a video for Benjamin Moore.
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