One Columbus Named “Best in Class” Economic Development Group

October 14, 2020

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Columbus, Ohio (October 13, 2020) – One Columbus is viewed as one of the top regional economic development organizations across the country, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released today at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference, which is being held from Dallas virtually.

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. In light of COVID-19, this year’s survey also includes findings about how the pandemic affects corporate location decisions and perceptions of U.S. cities and states.

One Columbus ranked No. 2 “best in class” regional economic development agency, according to the site selection consultants who participated in the survey, with 18% identifying it as a top economic development organization.

“Now in its ninth iteration, the Winning Strategies survey reveals the changing perceptions of location decision makers, as well as the tools and tactics that help shape those perceptions,” said Julie Curtin, president of DCI’s economic development practice. “The confluence of a global pandemic, a presidential election and intense scrutiny of equity policies is putting a renewed interest on how location decisions are made, so the results from this year’s survey are especially interesting for communities and site selectors alike.”

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to make the Columbus Region the most prosperous region in the country,” said Kenny McDonald, president and CEO of One Columbus. “This ranking is a testament to the many organizations across the Columbus Region working hard to position our community for future growth. We also share this award with our local and state partners – their collaboration and support is crucial to the work that we do.”

In 2017, One Columbus – then Columbus 2020 – was ranked No. 1 “best in class” regional economic development organization, tying with the Kansas City Area Development Council. Since then, the organization unveiled its new brand and strategic plan for the future, One Columbus, which sets forth a vision to be the most prosperous region in the United States. One Columbus is committed to working with its local and state partners toward that vision, focusing on removing barriers to growth and prosperity.

“It is both humbling and encouraging to be recognized alongside the top organizations in our industry,” said Pablo Vegas, board chairman of One Columbus. “Facing a global pandemic and subsequent economic crisis, the work of One Columbus and its economic development partners is imperative to ensuring a rapid economic recovery and to drive our vision of inclusive prosperity throughout the Central Ohio region.”

For a free copy of the full “Winning Strategies” survey report or an executive summary, 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

About DCI

Development Counsellors International (DCI) is the leader in travel and economic development marketing — increasing visitors and business inquiries for places across the globe. Since 1960, DCI has worked with more than 500 cities, regions, states and countries, helping them attract both investors and visitors. DCI has offices in New York, Denver, Toronto and Los Angeles. For more information, visit or follow @aboutDCI on Twitter.

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