“ The Ellicott City Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to preserve the heritage and vitality of historic Ellicott City, Maryland while creating and enhancing economic growth. “
Board of Directors
Rev. Derek H. Miller
Executive Director howard county tourism
Ex Officio Non-Voting
Senior Adviser for Policy, Office of Howard County Executive Calvin Ball
Ex Officio Non-Voting
Assistant to the Director
2020 – 2021 Accomplishments
Clean Safe and Green
ECP Institute: Launching the new economic development workshops geared to educating and retaining our OEC businesses. The institute will better prepare our entrepreneurs, new and current, in topics that are basic and advanced. Be sure to join us in January for the counterfeit training course.
Over $200,000 for OEC Businesses and the district from the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative (MD-SERI). ECP launched the OEC Main Street Recovery Grant to disburse funds that directly helped the OEC business owners to cover overhead costs.
The ECP advocated at both the department level and our state elected officials to ensure money was disbursed as soon as possible from MD-SERI.
ECP fundraised over $5,000 in 2020 to re-launch and disburse the OEC Bucks. Through the success of gaining funds, we were able to bring the program back and reinvest the funding into the community after a challenging pandemic year. We have successfully relaunched the program for 2021 to incentivize supporting our small businesses in historic Ellicott City.
Over $29,000 in OEC Technology ($15K) and Business Interruption Grants ($14K). 2 Grant separate grant programs that were tied directly through ECP Operating funds and fundraising at large. The funds were the initial step to ensuring the retention of our OEC businesses through the initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
#HereToStay Project: We launched the Here to Stay Project with our business owners who have been here for over 3 years. The project helps us spotlight those businesses and their dedication to being part of the historic district. Businesses within the series have included Little Market Cafe, Georgia Grace Cafe, Su Casa, and more.
OEC Open For Business Video: Spotlighted on Fox45 and through media campaigns, the ECP exemplified that Old Ellicott City is open for business. The video shows the safety measures taken by the business community, the ability to shop, dine and explore while doing it safely in our town.
Created and maintained a COVID-19 Taskforce which gathered information and resources during the fast-changing environment the pandemic has caused. The team of volunteers along with staff ensured we were monitoring trends and changes and relayed the information back to our merchants and visitors.
Advocated for the Courthouse Hill Campus rezoning to ensure that economic growth continues to take place among the campus and the surrounding businesses. The ECP supported the use for creative and exciting use, a smart approach to mixed-use space, and the approach of attracting independent commercial tenants that could coexist with the existing tenants of Courthouse Hill and the historic district.
Serve as a key stakeholder for the Ellicott City Project Advisory Committee tackling redevelopment of Courthouse Hill, the renovation of the projects taking place on Lower Main Street, and the redesign of Tiber Park.
Wrote and requested a $100,000.00 Community Legacy Grant from the State of Maryland for the historic district. Funds would have assisted the businesses with façade and interior improvements. (Not Approved). ECP has re-applied for 2022.
Wrote and requested a $7,000.00 Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grant to fund a directory board project. (Not Approved).
Wrote a grant through Patapsco Heritage Greenway (PHG) to fund the directory board project in 2022. PHG has approved a $2,500 grant to assist with the project.
Requested $25,000.00 in County funding to implement a sound system throughout the entire district, which would amplify music regularly and announce special and emergency announcements to visitors (Not Approved)
Requested $14,000.00 in County funding for a Phase I: Wayfinding Signage, which would begin to be implemented on Main Street. Signage would highlight important amenities the district offers. (Not Approved)
Advocated to the County Government to approve the return of the OEC Clock to Lower Main Street. The ECP would fully fund and oversee the project. (Not Approved)
Advocated to the County Government to approve a mural to be added to the former Tea on the Tiber building. The ECP would fully fund and oversee the project. The mural was intended to be a selfie postcard location, which incorporated the history of the town and current components. (Not Approved)
Purple Main: Partnered with Pam Long Photography to implement the Purple Main event. Purple Main was a community pep rally to support our home team, the Baltimore Ravens! Through Purple Main, Old Ellicott City received earned media from WMAR 2 News, WBAL 11 News, WJZ 13, FOX45, and additional publications and news outlets.
Safely returned some of OEC events including Girls Night Outs and Shop Small Saturday in 2020
Restructured the 2020 Midnight Madness to include a virtual and in-person component (picture with CE)
Implemented the first Hometown Hero program in OEC and displayed flags throughout the town for Independence Day. The new banners are displayed on the bridge, located at Lower Main.
Purchased a 14’ Christmas Tree to be displayed for the 2021 and future holidays in Old Ellicott City.
Successfully implemented a strong and safe 2021 Main Street Music Festival which was inclusive of the entire Old Ellicott City community. A strong marketing campaign reaching over 30,000 people in days through marketing, and bringing thousands of visitors the entire Music Fest day. The ECP funded temporary shuttles to transport patrons from all of the auxiliary lots into town, contracted bands at the Wine Bin stage, Main Stage, and at the B&O Railroad.
Implemented two new Night Markets, with the strategy focusing on Lower Main Street. Both Night Markets were successful and executed placemaking strategies onto Tiber Park & Tiber Alley.
Engaged with media partners to continue promoting the district through partnerships at WMAR2 News, WBAL11 News, CBS13 News, and FOX45 Morning News. All opportunities which have been earned media.
Launched the Shop Here Shop Now campaign in lieu of Shop Late Shop Local due to the pandemic challenges. Highlighted the importance of shopping in Old Ellicott City and how it impacts the local economy.
Invested ECP operating funds to market the town in magazines, publications, and social media ads.
Have reduced ECP operating costs by over $50,000.00 due to challenges faced by the pandemic.
Requested and Awarded a $50,000 grant in County funding for operating support, to ensure the OEC Main Street Program and the ECP continue to operate. Funding helps the ECP continue to offset partial operating costs.
Re-evaluated and restructured the Ambassadorship Program – coming January 2022.
Hosted business owners meeting monthly, to ensure stakeholder feedback continues to be collected, and those businesses are informed of the ECPs’ business
Successfully continued to promote the new OEC Businesses with a warm and welcoming ribbon-cutting, as well as celebrating milestones of those established in our community. Some of those businesses include Thomas at the Times, Big Little Cheese, the reopening of the Clayground Studio & Gallery, and more.
Continued to invest in those community partners, for projects that can assist them in creating and executing a successful event through in-kind donations. 2021: Wizarding Weekend and Ellicott Silly.
Continued to maintain the Main Street America designation and accredited community.
Have engaged with strategic planning and fundraising consultants to best find opportunities of growth among the organization. (Not Complete Due to Budget Cuts)
Adopted a drain through the Howard County EcoWorks program.
Hosted two community clean-ups; one in the spring and another in the fall.
Continued to decorate and beautify the district with holiday decorations, which in return brings visitors to experience Old Ellicott City.
The ECP is in the final stages of becoming a Keep America Beautiful accredited organization.
Additional ECP Accomplishments Prior to 2020 :
Provided flood recovery grants to the small businesses in Old Ellicott City (OEC) – over $1.8 million
ECP along with partners have beautified the town throughout the holiday season to fill the town with décor
ECP has promoted OEC by attracting visitors to our events: Midnight Madness, Girls Night Out, and Main Street Music Fest.
Organized environmentally friendly initiatives to further preserve the environment and community of OEC;
Provided rain barrels to residents + businesses
Held community clean up events
Facilitated in a streetscaping project of over $100K
Purchased and installed bike racks
Host monthly business owners meetings to incorporate stakeholder engagement and feedback towards the improvement of OEC
Created town maps and printed thousands of copies for town visitors, thanks to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority
Facilitated in outreach strategies to engage our business and resident community
Created and executed a communications plan for the town
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