Prepared Communities Win

November 23, 2015

The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.
-Vince Lombardi

Prepared communities are not made overnight. They take years of work and collaboration by public, private and academic entities.

Together, big things happen. There’s proof of that in the Columbus Region, which has become a leading global region by leveraging its assets and competing for business. That kind of success is not possible without communities that work together and are constantly learning about what it takes to be competitive.

On December 4, the fourth annual Economic Development 411, hosted by the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange and One Columbus, will bring together economic development professionals, civic leaders and business leaders to learn about building a stronger economy. This half-day session will provide insights about the future of manufacturing, infrastructure, technology for local governments, and marketing your community to win:

Marketing: Andrew Davis, author, Town Inc.
Town Inc. unpacks the link between building a booming business and growing a prosperous town. The secret, according to Davis, is to market your town just as passionately as you market your own business.


Technology: Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic
Dustin Haisler works with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, academia and nonprofits on innovation and engagement strategies. As the finance director and CIO for Manor, TX, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. Haisler pioneered government use of commercial technologies not before used in the public sector.

Infrastructure: Robert Palter, Director, McKinsey & Company
Robert Palter leads the global Infrastructure Practice at McKinsey & Company, and specializes in helping clients identify infrastructure investment opportunities and manage infrastructure assets.


Manufacturing Competitiveness: Sarah Raehl, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting 
Sarah Raehl advises companies on their facility and location strategy decisions. She helps businesses to determine where to locate operations on a global scale to enable access to new markets, cost cutting and increased availability of talent.

I hope to see you next Friday.

Kenny McDonald