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Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Matt McCollister

Business Development, Project Management

Role and Responsibilities

As senior vice president of economic development, Matt is focused on driving continuous improvement in the organization’s business development performance and aligning domestic, international, and existing industry outreach strategies. He engages with Columbus 2020’s network of national site consultants and conducts international business development missions.

Matt has spent 17 years working in economic development, with international experience in Japan, China, Korea, Italy and Germany. He also worked directly within the real estate industry.

Notable Projects

Honda, Discover, American Howa, Axium Plastics, and Goodyear

Awards and Recognition

Top 50 Economic Developer, Consultant Connect, 2016

Past Experience and Education

Experience

  • Vice President of Economic Development, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Development Manager, Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce

Education

  • University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of South Carolina

Board and Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Central Ohio Commercial Information Exchange (COCIE)
  • Board Member, Ohio State Mobility Initiative (OSMI) Advisory Board

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?

Pure luck. Living in the Columbus Region wasn’t part of my original plan following college, but it is now the place my family and I will always call home.

Why do you work in economic development? 

One of my favorite things is to meet someone who works for a Columbus Region company that our team helped locate or expand. When you hear those stories, you realize firsthand the impact of economic development.