Start with a Question

March 6, 2017

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”
-Thomas Berger, Novelist

One Columbus took time at the beginning of this year to revisit our mission and original strategy. With so much change happening in business, technology, Washington D.C. and across the globe, the time was ripe for the conversation.

While there are many facets to the analysis, we’ve come back again and again to the basic question that we’ve attempted to answer since 2010:

With an organized, competitively resourced, and intentional region, can we grow the Central Ohio economy faster and make it stronger than any other decade in its history? 

It was a bold question posed during a global recession in a community that was doing well compared to others.

The question has continued to drive our strategy and desire to collaborate. Our results indicate we are on track to accomplish the goal and there are even bolder questions on our mind for the future. Revisiting the question time and time again is important as things change and we need to adjust tactics.

That was our question, and something that drives us each day. What’s your question?

-Kenny McDonald

One Columbus Update

  • This week, the One Columbus team is traveling to Los Angeles for the Natural Products Expo. Back at home, we’re hosting companies evaluating the Columbus Region.
  • In the coming weeks, our team is traveling to Tucson for the Site Selectors Guild 2017 Annual Conference, and to Japan and Europe to meet with companies.
  • JobsOhio is reinvesting in the SiteOhio Program for a second year to certify industrial properties as development-ready. The program will increase competitiveness by ensuring that Columbus Region communities are ready to respond with available sites when opportunities to grow or attract an economic base company surface. Our thanks to JobsOhio and the advisors at InSite Consulting Group for meeting with our team and our local economic development partners last week to share 2017 program updates.