Looking to the Past

June 9, 2014

“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.”
-President Lyndon B. Johnson

People have strived to build economically vibrant communities for as long as there have been communities. Recognizing this fact and appreciating it is important. Others have certainly come before us – whether you are an entrepreneur, elected official, government administrator or an economic developer.

A recent blog post concerning poverty made me think how much we may look past the learnings and failings of prior generations. This hit home because the Columbus Region is going through a period of rapid growth and expansion, and understanding times when this has occurred in the past is something that we’re quite curious about.

What can we learn from those who have come before us? How can we apply these learnings to our time to build upon their original vision? What lessons might we learn from a different era?

Perhaps over the course of the summer, we should make an effort to “reach back” to those that have come before us to understand the present better.

Kenny McDonald

One Columbus Update

  • This week, the One Columbus team is hosting a number of companies evaluating the Columbus Region.
  • Next week, our team will travel to Chicago for meetings with companies.
  • Experience Columbus has launched a new website that shares the voices of Columbus, offering a glimpse of what residents experience each day. We encourage you to share lifeincbus.com with your network, follow lifeincbus on Twitter and Instagram, and contribute to the conversation with the hashtag #lifeincbus.