December 12, 2016

“Be curious, not judgmental.”
-Walt Whitman

We will be taking a few weeks off from the Economic Development Matters blog, so I took a look back through the year’s posts and I’d like to provide reflection on 2016 before the calendar turns.

First, let me thank all who read this each week, and also thank those who have taken time to send us notes about the content. Your feedback is always welcome and received in good spirits. I would also like to thank the One Columbus team who edits my poor grammar and delivers this to you each Monday.

In 2016, we discussed the economic development implications of global trade and investment, immigration and racial tensions, political discourse’s impact on business investment, artificial intelligence’s impact on job creation, and the swift changes taking place in nearly every industry. The bottom line is that it was an exceptionally turbulent year that surfaced issues of concern and curiosity at every turn.

Economic development is always an issue of common concern and an opportunity to come together. The efforts of government, business and civic leaders to move the economy forward, create jobs, and enhance quality of life are – and always will be – important topics. We hope this weekly note has highlighted some important economic development issues and prompted some conversations.

I look forward to the changes that will come in 2017, the struggles and the twists and turns, and the opportunities that will emerge. We continue to believe that the economic development of our neighborhoods, small towns, metropolitan areas, and the United States is foundational to developing the kind of prosperous, safe and interesting world we want to live in. I hope you will continue to read and comment next year.

Happy holidays from the entire One Columbus team!

-Kenny McDonald

One Columbus Update

  • Last week, One Columbus received first place honors from the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) for the One of US marketing campaign. Thank you to MAEDC and all of our partners who have made this campaign possible.
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