About The Author
Kenny McDonald, CEcD
Chief Economic Officer
As senior vice president and chief economic officer of the Columbus Partnership, Kenny McDonald, CEcD, serves as the primary leader of all economic development and business attraction efforts, including the Columbus2020! initiative.
McDonald has an extensive background in site selection, regional economic development, community marketing, business recruitment and international business development.
Previously, McDonald had served seven years as the executive vice president of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, a public-private economic development organization covering a 16-county region in North and South Carolina. McDonald’s 15 years of economic development experience also include leadership positions at the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation, Fluor Daniels Global Locations Strategies and the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
McDonald received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Dickinson State University and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University. He holds the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer, (CEcD) awarded through the International Economic Development Council.