One Columbus Named “Best in Class” Economic Development Group

September 18, 2023

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Columbus, Ohio

One Columbus is viewed as one of the top regional economic development organizations across the country, according to a new survey of site selection consultants released today at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Dallas.

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996. The 10th edition of “Winning Strategies in Economic Development” reveals that economic development organizations (EDOs) should prioritize their “digital front doors.” Corporate executives’ perceived value of an EDO’s Internet and website presence is at an all-time high (76%) since the study’s inception in 1996, when just 18% rated it as a valuable tactic.

“Our team works very hard to provide accurate, comprehensive, and timely information to those in the site selection community so that our 11-county region can be considered for great projects.” Said Kenny McDonald, President & CEO of the Columbus Partnership.  “Site selectors are paid to be objective, but trust goes a long way in the business of economic development.”

One Columbus ranked No. 4 “best in class” regional economic development agency, according to the site selection consultants who participated in the survey.

“One of the most powerful findings from this year’s Winning Strategies study is that we are seeing a significant increase since 2020 of business decision makers who plan to outsource a portion of the site selection process to a consultant or real estate broker in the year ahead”, said Julie Curtin, president of DCI’s economic development practice.  “An economic development organization that has nurtured relationships and served as an effective ‘go to EDO’ for the needs of site selection consultants should be well positioned for expansions and relocations.”

For a free copy of the full “Winning Strategies” survey report, visit:


About DCI

Development Counsellors International (DCI) is the leader in travel, economic development and talent attraction marketing. Since 1960, DCI has worked with more than 500 cities, regions, states and countries, helping them attract business investors, visitors and workers. DCI has offices in New York and Denver. For more information, visit

 About One Columbus
As the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, One Columbus’ mission is to lead a comprehensive regional growth strategy that develops and attracts the world’s most competitive companies, grows a highly adaptive workforce, prepares our communities for the future and inspires corporate, academic and public innovation throughout the Columbus Region. One Columbus expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the One Columbus team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2023

One Columbus Media Contact
Jon Keeling


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