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East Columbia

Columbia Crossing
Business District
The Howard County Government Campus in East Columbia
The Howard County Government Campus in East Columbia
"Dobbin", "Snowden"
Country United States
State Maryland
City Columbia
Named for Location east of the Town Center

The East Columbia Business District is a section of the planned community of Columbia, Maryland, United States that features a number of large shopping centers and office parks. This district also includes the Columbia Gateway Business Park, which is home to more than 50 companies employing over 17,000 individuals. The business district provides shopping resources for much of Northeastern Howard County. Many locals refer to the area simply as "Dobbin" or "Snowden" due to the major roadways that serve it.


During the early 1980s, Maryland Route 175, known as Rouse Parkway, was extended from the Columbia Town Center to the Maryland Route 108 interchange into a four lane highway. In 1986, Columbia's first major business park was planned, comprising 630 acres. Around this time, additional major developments took place including Snowden Square Shopping Center and Dobbin Center. In 1997, one of the largest shopping centers, Columbia Crossing, was constructed on the northside of Route 175 and Dobbin Road. This complex features the anchor store of Target Greatland. Recently, Howard County's first Wegmans opened on McGaw Road in 2012.

Major companies

The Columbia Gateway Business Park is home to a number of major companies including:

  • Micros
  • SAIC
  • Motorola
  • Nucletron Corp.
  • ppCareFirst BlueCross BlueShield]]
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Magellan Health Services
  • Merkle
  • Honeywell Technology Solutions
  • Sparta, Inc.
  • TRW
  • MTH Electric Trains
  • Wachovia Bank Operations Center
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Sun MicroSystems
  • CitiFinancial
  • Maxim Healthcare
  • CoStar Group
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Cadmus Communications
  • Northrup Gruman
  • American Healthways
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