Catonsville’s Many Attractions
May Draw Our Newcomers,
But the Reason They Stay? It’s Love…

When a Chamber of Commerce site offers a statement like “Catonsville offers the best of all worlds,” readers tend to smile knowingly and say, “Well, of course they would say that!” It is our job to promote the community, after all….

But when the children who grew up in Catonsville come back to raise their families…and when the families stay for decades and generations…it seems to us that the people have spoken.

So pardon us if we brag a bit! As we see it, whether you’re looking for small-town delights near big-city attractions…a friendly community for your family and business…or rich academic and technological opportunities, Catonsville genuinely does offer the best of all worlds.

Just wander down our main street, Frederick Road, and you’ll see what we mean. Passing by the small independent shops and businesses, near tree-lined streets of stunning Victorian-style homes, you could almost be walking through a Norman Rockwell canvas.

And yet, you’re just around the corner from the high-tech campuses of the University of Maryland Baltimore County with its small business incubator, bwtech@umbc and the Community College of Baltimore County with its newly established Geospatial Satellite System.

That’s not even mentioning the attractions of downtown Baltimore, only 15 minutes’ drive to the east, and Washington D.C., less than an hour to the south. And with the MARC railway and Baltimore-Washington International Airport just minutes away, you have a doorway to the nation, and the world.

And all of this is just the beginning of the benefits you’ll find in Catonsville…

Named the First Arts & Entertainment District in Baltimore County

Catonsville has officially been named Baltimore County’s first Arts and Entertainment District, making it the 29th designation in the state of Maryland.

The new A&E district will include Catonsville’s business district along Frederick Road and the Lurman Woodland Theater. Managed by the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of Maryland Commerce, the A&E Districts offer tax-related incentives to help attract artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises to these areas and are aimed at developing and promoting community involvement, tourism, and revitalization.

“Our administration is proud to support the revitalization of historic and artistic communities across our state, and ‘Music City, Maryland’; is a shining success story for Baltimore County,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

The designation of the Catonsville A&E District in an important piece of Baltimore County’s overall economic development strategy and will help to attract new creative businesses and drive additional tourism to the southwestern part of the county.

Outstanding educational institutions, K to Post-Grad…

Take your choice of public or private schools here – you’ll find excellence either way (as just one example,Catonsville Senior High is routinely listed among Newsweek’s 1000 Best Schools). For college students or professionals seeking continuing education credits, CCBC and UMBC offer award-winning programs from A.A. to Ph.D.

Prime commercial properties…

From our main street, Frederick Road, to Baltimore National Pike on the north and Wilkens Avenue on the south, Catonsville offers a range of high-traffic commercial properties for your retail or office space.

Stable, beautiful neighborhoods…

Founded in 1810 as a summer vacation community, Catonsville’s tree-lined streets and Victorian mansions have maintained their gracious charm through nearly two centuries of growth and change. While you will certainly find later home designs in the community, even today new developments honor the historic style.

An active, creative business community…

Catonsville businesses understand: when you give to the community, the community gives back to you….so our local entrepreneurs support an ever-changing schedule of family-oriented community events.

To list just a few examples…

• Residents, businesses, and the Chamber collaborate to organize and fund the annual Fourth of July extravaganza, The Frederick Road Friday Concerts, the annual Arts & Crafts Festival, and the Santa House, among others.

• Proud Catonsville Lithuanians, in collaboration with Lithuanian heritage groups citywide, launch the summer gala season with the Lithunanian Festival at the Catonsville Armory each May.

Catonsville was even listed in Money Magazine as the 49th Best Place to Live when compared to other dream locations in the U.S.

And here at the Chamber of Commerce we work each day to make Catonsville the community of your dreams, too.

So…what is your wish list for the community of your dreams?