Kenny McDonald Elected Vice Chair of the International Economic Development Council

October 17, 2018

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Columbus, OH – Kenny McDonald, president and CEO of Columbus 2020, the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, was recently elected vice chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at the organization’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. McDonald will serve in the position starting January 2019 for a one-year term.

IEDC’s mission is to help economic developers do their jobs more effectively, and to raise the profile of the profession. The organization provides information on best practices and trends, professional development, networking opportunities and more. With more than 4,000 members from communities around the world, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.

McDonald currently serves as chair of external member relations on IEDC’s Governance Committee. He brings to the board more than 20 years of regional economic development and management consulting experience focused on helping companies develop and execute their location strategies and helping communities achieve their goals. McDonald holds the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), and serves on several boards in the Columbus Region, including the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP Central Ohio, MidAmerican Global Ventures and Transportation Research Center.

“We look forward to Kenny McDonald’s leadership as vice chair of the Board of Director’s Governance Committee,” said Craig David, CEcD, FM, president and CEO of Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and 2018 IEDC Chair. “The new leadership role will ensure great accomplishments in 2019.”

Earlier in the month at the IEDC 2018 Annual Conference, Columbus 2020 was also recognized. The organization received a gold IEDC Internet and New Media award for its website. The award was presented at the IEDC award ceremony on October 2.


About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at

About Columbus 2020
As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. The Columbus 2020 team conducts business outreach, promotes the Columbus Region to market-leading companies around the world, conducts customized research to better understand the Columbus Region’s competitiveness, and works to leverage public, private and institutional partnerships. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at

Columbus 2020 Media Contact
Amy Harman

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