Kenny McDonald and Matt McCollister Named Among Top 50 Economic Developers of 2016 in North America

March 8, 2016

Columbus, OH — Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, today announced that two Columbus 2020 team members, Kenny McDonald, president and CEO, and Matt McCollister, senior vice president, economic development, are among North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2016. This is the second year in a row McDonald has made the list.

“I am proud to see Kenny and Matt make this list, alongside industry peers that are making an impact in their communities and economy,” said Pablo Vegas, chairman of board of directors, Columbus 2020, and president and chief operating officer for AEP Ohio. “Kenny and Matt, along with the entire Columbus 2020 team, are working tirelessly to continue the Columbus Region’s economic momentum.”

The economic development professionals selected for the Consultant Connect North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2016 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.

Each of the top 50 economic developers will be featured on the weekly podcast, From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. These industry leaders will share their expertise in the field of economic development and leadership insights they’ve learned along the way.

“This annual list recognizing North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list are beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities brick by brick and job by job.”

For more information about North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers or to subscribe to the weekly podcast, visit The podcast series is also available via iTunes by searching “From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.”

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