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Economic Development 411


The eighth annual Economic Development 411 (ED411) was held on Friday, December 6, 2019. More than 600 community stakeholders joined the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange and One Columbus for a day of insightful conversation. Stakeholders included economic developers, elected boards, commissions, local government and school board officials, planning organizations and local government staff.


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J.J. Peterson, StoryBrand

J.J. Peterson taught us how we can clarify our organization’s message to grow and engage our communities. “If you confuse, you lose.”


Lydia Mihalik, Director of Ohio Development Services Agency
J.P. Nauseef, President & CIO of JobsOhio
Kenny McDonald, President & CEO of One Columbus

Lydia Mihalik and J.P. Nauseef joined Kenny McDonald on stage to chat about how strategic economic development partnerships breed success in Ohio.



At this year’s ED411, the breakout sessions were led by local community leaders and experts in economic development. Attendees chose two of the following topics.

Economic Development 101 – Fundamentals for Economic Development Success
There is a method to the madness – join this session to avoid timely and costly mistakes.


DHL’s North American Headquarters – Why we chose Westerville
Planning for a big win requires action long before the project surfaces.  Hear how planning and quick actions from Westerville and DHL Supply Chain led to securing and completing this $25 million North American headquarters project in less than 18 months.


Creative Project-Centric Solutions
Learn how to close deal gaps with a variety of economic development programs and resources.


Move the Employee to the Job or the Job to the Employee?
Considering land use and transportation resources to connect employees with jobs.


Labor Market Data and Workforce Tips for Employers
Tips for tapping into talent pipeline and resources.



J.J. Peterson, StoryBrand
Lydia Mihalik, Director, Ohio Development Services Agency
J.P. Nauseef, President and CIO, JobsOhio



Economic Development 101
Facilitator: Patty Huddle
Panelists: Quinten Harris, Mark Raiff, Ryan Scribner

DHL North American HQ – Why Westerville?
Facilitator: Jason Bechtold
Panelists: Kelli Saunders, Scott Tourell

Creative Project-Centric Solutions
Panelists: Matt Deptola, Jeremy Druhot, Scott Ziance

Move the Employee to the Job or the Job to the Employee?
Facilitator: Michael Loges
Panelists: Jennifer Noll, Kim Sharp, Richard (Ike) Stage, Conor Willis

Labor Market Data and Workforce Tips for Employers
Facilitator: John Hambrick
Panelists: Jung Kim, Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Rick Szabrack, John Trott