Columbia Maryland is uniquely tied to the history of urban development in the United States as it is one of he most successful and celebrated examples of the New Town Movement and a model for sustainable and managed growth. It was founded in June of 1967 by visionary developer James Rouse who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In bestowing the award in 1995, President Clinton said, “James Rouse has changed this country. And if more will follow his lead, we can do the entire job we need to do in our cities.”
Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration, Inc.
In 2013, the Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration, Inc. was formed as a 501C3 in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Columbia, Maryland. This organization has a Board of Directors that is comprised of community leaders, senior-level individuals from Columbia’s major institutions.
The purpose of the organization is to:
Plan, promote, encourage and ultimately execute educational, cultural, environmental and celebratory activities and projects throughout Columbia in 2017 to celebrate the 50th birthday.
Educate the public regarding the founding, planning and development of Columbia in order to instill public pride and recognition of the successful, iconic and internationally acclaimed master planned community.
Board of Directors
Vic Broccolino, Chair
Melissa Mattey, Vice Chair
Howard Community College
Michelle Miller, President
Nancy Smith , Treasurer
Barbara Kellner, Recording Secretary
Columbia Association Archives
Howard County Tourism
Howard County Government (Council)
Elizabeth Edsall Kromm
Howard County General Hospital
Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Jean Moon & Associates
General Growth Properties/The Mall in Columbia
Harry Oken, MD
Columbia Festival of The Arts
Howard Hughes Corporation
Howard County Public School System
Howard County Library System
Community Foundation of Howard County
B. Diane Wilson
Howard County Executive’s Office