10221 Wincopin Circle
(Located in Columbia Town Center)
Get Directions to the Maggie J. Brown Welcome Center
Columbia's nine villages and Town Center are organized into 10 Village Community Associations that work for you. In April, residents in each of the associations elect representatives to their village boards, which direct the business affairs of the associations, as well as a representative to the Columbia Council to serve as the ten members of the Columbia Association (CA). The Columbia Association is a non-profit public benefit organization, created to nurture the Columbia vision and to enhance the qualify of life for people living and working here. The Council elects itself to serve as the CA Board of Directors, which is the governing body of the Association. The CA president is the eleventh member of the Board.
The Board of Directors
is the final authority on all matters regarding
the Columbia Association. The Board reviews
CA policy and budget matters, develops strategic
initiatives, addresses community issues, and
appoints the CA president, who oversees a team
of approximately 1,300 professionals who carry
out the day-to-day operations. The Columbia
Association provides a variety of amenities,
including 40 recreational and community facilities,
3,500 acres of permanent open space, 93.5 miles
of pathways, more than 170 tot lots and several
parks. Howard County Government provides other
services, including trash collection, local
highway maintenance, snow removal, police and
fire protection, libraries and the public schools.
As it develops its policies and priorities, the CA Board solicits advice from residents and resident advisory committees. The advisory committees, which are appointed by the Board with specific charges, range from ad hoc groups to longer-term committees, such as the Financial Management Committee or the Architectural Resource Committee. Residents are encouraged to attend Board meetings to express their opinions during Resident Speakout. The meetings are held at CA Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle. Meeting notices and agendas are posted in advance at all CA facilities and on this site.
Through an ongoing Strategic Planning Process the Board and the Columbia Association senior professional team work together to systematically identify and address those issues that are most important to the community, and its continuing well-being. If you would like to be involved, please contact the CA Board or members of your village board with your concerns.
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