One Columbus Recognized as a Top Economic Development Group with National Award

May 3, 2021

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Columbus, Ohio – One Columbus, the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development for the fourth consecutive year. The annual award recognizes the top 20 economic development groups in the nation and is granted by Site Selection Magazine, the leading publication in corporate real estate, facility planning, location analysis and foreign direct investment.

The Mac Conway Award winners are determined by an index of corporate job creation and facility-related capital investment data calculated both cumulatively and per capita. The rankings’ methodology is based on data from the proprietary Conway Projects Database, which tracks private-sector facility projects worldwide, and several other global economic data sources.

“This award is an achievement not only for One Columbus but for the entire Columbus Region, which has banded together and shown incomparable resilience to meet the challenges of the past year,” said One Columbus President and CEO Kenny McDonald. “We are honored to be recognized for our hard work at a time when economic growth is more critical than ever.”

The Mac Conway Award is named after the founder of Conway and Site Selection magazine, McKinley “Mac” Conway, to recognize the work of outstanding economic development organizations and the important contribution they make to grow their respective local economies.

The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati joins One Columbus as a recipient of the 2021 Mac Conway Award. The state of Ohio also received recognition from Site Selection this year, ranking No. four in the magazine’s 2021 Prosperity Cup, up from No. five last year.

The One Columbus organization was named a recipient of the Mac Conway Award in 2020, 2019 and 2018, and received an honorable mention in 2017. Earlier this year, the Columbus Region was also named to Site Selection Magazine’s “2020 Top Metros Ranking by Projects per Capita,” which looks at new facilities and expansions that involve a capital investment of at least U.S. $1 million, the creation of at least 20 new jobs or adding at least 20,000 square feet of new space.


About Site Selection

Site Selection, published by Conway Inc., is the senior publication in the corporate real estate and economic development fields and is the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council. For more information about Site Selection magazine’s annual awards and to see a full list of the 2021 Mac Conway Award honorees, 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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