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Economic Development 411 2018

The seventh annual Economic Development 411 (ED411) was held on Friday, December 7, 2018. More than 600 elected and appointed officials, civic leaders and business leaders joined the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange and One Columbus for a day of insightful conversation as we look to the next decade of growth, innovation and investment in the Columbus Region.

Keynote Speakers

Mike DeWine, Governor elect of Ohio
Governor elect of Ohio Mike DeWine welcomed us and kicked off #ED411.

Kenny McDonald, President and CEO of One Columbus
Kenny McDonald shared insights on the Columbus Region’s continued economic performance and addressed our most daunting challenges for the future.

ED411 | 2018 | Kenny McDonald from One Columbus

Les Wexner, President and CEO of L Brands
Alex Fischer, President and CEO of The Columbus Partnership
One of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, Les Wexner, inspired us in a fireside chat with Alex Fischer on the founding of Columbus Partnership and One Columbus, and how much work we still have left to do.

This year, every attendee of ED411 attended one breakout session. Each interactive session had the same content. We took a dive into the data and what it means to create continued growth, innovation, investment, individual opportunity, and community preparedness for your community and our region.


A new video was unveiled highlighting the growth and success achieved over the past decade in the Columbus Region.

Thank you so much for participating in our Columbus Region mosaic that will forever include you as a part of the Region’s future.