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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.


2017: A Year to Gain Perspective

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” -Tim Burton I wrote a lot about change this year, if only to... View Article


Giving Thanks

“Turn your fear into faith.” -Ray Kroc On behalf of our entire team at Columbus 2020, I would like to... View Article


Honoring the Talent of Veterans

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” -Benjamin Franklin In light of... View Article



Connecting people is a core competency of an economic developer. Where others see obstacles, the community leader sees a way... View Article


Get Serious

Are you really serious about solving your biggest problems as a community? That’s a great question I heard posed twice last week... View Article


Preparing for the “Big Game”

“Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be.... View Article


Economic Development Budgeting in an Uncertain World

“Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.” -Peter Drucker Allocating resources to execute your economic development strategy is always... View Article



“It’s stunning to me what kind of an impact even one person can have if they have the right passion,... View Article


Manufacturing as an Innovation Strategy

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?” -Henry David Thoreau If... View Article


Riptides of Change

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” ​​-Stephen Hawking Jeffrey J. Selingo of the Washington Post recently noted that... View Article