COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus 2020, the 11-county regional economic development entity, today announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors.
The Board, composed of private- and public-sector leaders, guides central Ohio’s efforts to become the fastest growing economy in the country and one of the nation’s leaders in economic development.
New to the Board of Directors are: Michael W. Louge, executive vice president and chief financial officer, OhioHealth; Mark Patton, general manager, JobsOhio; and Pablo A. Vegas, president and chief operating officer, AEP Ohio, American Electric Power.
Stepping down from the Board is David P. Blom, president and chief executive officer, OhioHealth.
“We are grateful for the commitment and involvement these new members are making to our initiative, and thank David Blom for his service,” said Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer of Columbus 2020, and president, Columbus 2020 Board of Directors. “Our new members will be a great asset to our economic development strategy as we continue to advance our regional economy.”
About Columbus 2020
Columbus 2020 is a bold public-private partnership that leverages the strengths of the Columbus Region’s talented workforce, small and large businesses, research and academic institutions, and international connections to ignite economic growth and build a healthier, more sustainable future for Central Ohio. The initiative grows our economy by ensuring that our existing companies are growing and thriving, that the world’s leading companies are attracted to the 11-county region, that innovations are cultivated and commercialized, and that our civic infrastructure is continually improving to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world economy. For more information, visit ColumbusRegion.com.
*Editor’s note: a full board roster is attached.
Columbus 2020 Board of Directors
Alex Fisher, Chairman of the Board
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Columbus Partnership
Jack Partridge, Treasurer
Columbia Gas of Ohio
Eric Phillips, Secretary
Union County Economic Development Partnership
Chief Executive Officer
Union County Chamber of Commerce
Franklin County Board of Commissioners
Michael Coleman Mayor
City of Columbus
John C. Fisher
Executive Vice President
Ohio Farm Bureau
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Michael W. Louge
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Gregory R. Overmyer
Chief Executive Officer
Overmyer Hall Associates
Dr. Mark Smith President
Ohio Christian University
David Williams, Ph. D., Sc. D.
Dean and Presidential Professor
College of Engineering, The Ohio State University
Pablo A. Vegas
President and Chief Operating Officer
AEP Ohio, American Electric Power
Chief Financial Officer
*Kenny McDonald, President
Chief Economic Officer