a year, collectively representing a $26 billion economic impact on the state. Other major employers headquartered in Columbia include, W.R. Grace and Company, Integral Systems, Sourcefire, and MICROS systems which is now owned by the Oracle Corporation.
Located in the heart of Columbia, Maryland, Town Center is the last of the ten master planned communities to be developed. Home to the Columbia Mall, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and Howard Community College, this downtown destination is quickly evolving to capture an urban city feel while preserving the comfort of a neighborhood. The mall features anchors such as AMC Columbia 14, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, and Sears while Maryland’s first Wholefoods is located just across the street. Upcoming developments include Little Patuxent Square, a nine-floor building designed to meet LEED Gold specifications which will provide more than 140,000 square feet of office and retail space as well as 160 luxury apartment units. The Merriweather District, a 68-acre project, is set to be the next phase of development for Downtown Columbia, overseen by the Howard Hughes Corporation. The first office building is near completion at 200,000 square feet and will have MedStar as its primarily tenant. Two Merriweather, a 130,000-square-foot building is expected to open in the fall of next year and will bring the area closer to fulfilling James Rousse’s vision of “A City in a Garden.”