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The Economic Development Matters blog brings you the latest perspectives from Columbus 2020 President and CEO, Kenny McDonald. Check back every Monday for the latest, and subscribe by email here.


Necessary Ingredients

“A dynamic economy begins with a good education.” -Bob Taft I’ve written before about the balance sought in building an... View Article


Open and Smart

“Because we share the philosophy that Columbus is open to all, we are always taking risks, always thinking big and... View Article


Demographic Waves Begin to Come Ashore

“The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear,... View Article


Leadership by Engagement

“Markets are conversations.” -The Cluetrain Manifesto Change is in the air. The Internet of Things (IOT), artificial intelligence (AI), the... View Article


A Comprehensive Growth Agenda

“Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Welcome to 2017. The events... View Article



“Be curious, not judgmental.” -Walt Whitman We will be taking a few weeks off from the Economic Development Matters blog,... View Article


Finding Our Way

“The reality about transportation is that it’s future-oriented. If we’re planning for what we have, we’re behind the curve.” -U.S.... View Article


The State of our Region

“Average leaders have quotes. Good leaders have a plan. Exceptional leaders have a system.” -Urban Meyer At Economic Development 411 each year,... View Article


Adapt or Perish

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.” -H.G. Wells It is with great gratitude that I write... View Article


Back to Work

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the... View Article