Economic Development: Where Tradition and Progress Meet

September 23, 2013

Last week, the Columbus Region reached a milestone in its economic development plan, announcing that over 50,000 net new jobs have been created since January 2010. This is a major achievement toward the Region’s goal to create 150,000 net new jobs by the end of the decade.

The growth of jobs and throughout our region is something to be very proud of, and something to take responsibility for. I read Jack Fisher’s editorial note in the October issue of Our Ohio, where he talks about the Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission and the ideal that “our future will combine the best and most important traditions with an exciting evolution.”

As our region grows, it is important to evolve with technology and the global economy. But, it’s also important to marry that with the proud traditions in our communities, our institutions of government and academia, and the basic principle that each generation of leaders is here to serve the next.

Most traditions were started to celebrate or symbolize a principle, and the act of the tradition matched the era in which it was started. As you look at your organization and your community, what traditions do you protect and serve? Which do you need to evolve and modernize to keep them relevant and fresh?

Kenny McDonald

One Columbus Update

  • The One Columbus team is home from Japan and we’re excited to get to work on the follow up necessary to continue the progress made during the trip. A big thank you to Matt McCollister and Deb Scherer (and their families) for their efforts and for setting up a productive business development mission.
  • Back at home, our team hosted an international company evaluating the Columbus Region, and additional companies will visit this week and next. Consultants will also be in town this week for meetings regarding two important studies currently underway – the Columbus Region Workforce Assessment and Logistics Strategic Plan Update.
  • The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program deadline is a week from today. Please populate your data this week so you will be prepared to submit on September 30. Funds will be awarded on first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants.