Deborah Scherer Named Among Top 50 Economic Developers of 2022 in North America

April 12, 2022

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Columbus, Ohio (April 12, 2022) Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, today announced that Deb Scherer, managing director of global trade and investment at One Columbus, was named among North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2022.

As managing director of global trade and investment, Deb works to identify foreign-owned companies interested in expanding in the U.S. and helps them evaluate why the Columbus Region is a location of choice for a U.S. facility. She also helps companies based in the Region connect with training and resources that will help them with sales abroad. Deb has expertise working with companies that are based outside of North America and has extensively worked with business leaders in Japan, China, the UK, Germany, Italy and other countries on new operations and expansions in the Columbus Region.

“I am proud to see Deb receive this well-deserved honor and be recognized alongside industry leaders who work tirelessly to improve their communities,” said Kenny McDonald, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership. “Foreign investment has been an important component of the Columbus Region’s economic vitality, and Deb’s leadership has ensured that our market’s role in the global economy will continue to grow for years to come.”

The economic development professionals selected for the Consultant Connect North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2022 list were nominated by their colleagues in the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

“Releasing the Top 50 list is one of Consultant Connect’s favorite times of the year because we are so passionate about recognizing economic development leaders’ transformative work,” said Carla Sones, managing director of Consultant Connect. “This year’s group faced hurdles unlike any other Top 50 group has seen over the past year, and we are honored to provide a platform for them to be recognized for the passionate commitment they’ve made to their communities.”

Each of the top 50 economic developers will be featured individually across Consultant Connect’s social media channels of Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Each award winner will share leadership insights and wisdom for other practitioners in the profession. Consultant Connect strives to elevate the industry by recognizing remarkable economic developers for the entire economic development community to learn from. Winners will also be honored at ECONOMIX, Consultant Connect’s annual conference, in Columbus, Ohio, on December 6- 8, 2022.


About Consultant Connect

Consultant Connect is designed to bridge the gap between leading economic developers and location consultants through exclusive networking events, educational services and leadership development. Consultant Connect not only gives economic developers an inside look into the world of site selection – it gives them the applicable information necessary to propel their careers and communities forward. For more information, please 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


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