The following information was announced via press release today:
March 11, 2019
Media Contact: Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412
County Executive Ball To Announce Partnership for “Koreatown” In Ellicott City
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – On March 12th, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, First Lady Yumi Hogan, and Korean Counsel General Dong-gi Kim will present a unified partnership to designate a “Koreatown” in Ellicott City. “Korean Way” was established by the Hogan Administration in December 2016 and serves as the precursor to the new “Koreatown,” which will cover the total area along the five-mile stretch on Route 40 in Ellicott City. There are approximately 166 Korean businesses on Route 40, according to state data, and 12,000 Korean-Americans currently live in Howard County. Many live or operate businesses in Ellicott City, making up 24% of the city population. Designating the area as “Koreatown” would set Howard County apart as a destination for all Korean-Americans, as only a handful of locations nationally have established Koreatowns in their jurisdictions.
WHAT: County Executive Ball will announce a partnership to establish a “Koreatown” in Ellicott City, around the current “Korean Way” area.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
WHERE: Honey Pig Restaurant, 10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City MD 21042
WHY: To celebrate the cultural vibrancy of Howard County, recognize the important contributions of the Korean-American community, and set our county apart as a destination for all Korean-Americans.
- Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive
- Yumi Hogan, Maryland First Lady
- Dong-gi Kim, Korean Counsel General
- Korean Community Leaders
I did some research on other “Koreatown” locations in the United States…they include:
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Chicago, Illinois
- Dallas, Texas
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Houston, Texas
- Orange County, California
- Los Angeles, California
- New York metropolitan area
- Long Island
- Bergen County
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Washington, D.C.