Location, quality of life and a pro-business environment are three of the reasons almost 10,000 companies call Howard County home, creating close to 156,000 jobs. According to the Howard County Economic Development Authority, this county is home to about 70 million square feet of office, industrial and flex space.
In Howard County, among the wealthiest jurisdictions in the nation with a median household income of $113,800, approximately one-third of the residents commute to Washington, about 20 miles south, while another third commute to Baltimore, just 10 miles northeast. Many local companies recruit workers from both metropolitan areas, which, combined, form the fourth-largest business market in the United States.
Common industries in the county include professional business and scientific services, information technology, advanced manufacturing and health care services, according to the economic development authority.
The Port of Baltimore is 20 minutes from the county seat, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is even closer.
Howard County Economic Development Authority: 410-313-6500, hceda.org
From the time the readers’ poll launches in August to the issue’s delivery in December, businesses, nonprofits and readers alike are abuzz in anticipation of who might take home the coveted Best of Howard County title.