March 15, 2021

“You must never doubt your ability to achieve anything, overcome anything, and inspire everything, because the truth is, there are no superheroes. There is just us, and too often we are the ones that we keep waiting for.” 
Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder of the Malala Fund

The American Rescue Plan is enormous and will obviously have a broad impact on our economy. Whether you were for or against all of it, or elements of it, it will impact your industry and where you live. Because of the incredible weight and power of the American economy in the world, it has far reaching effects around the globe.

Something of this scale is not likely to happen again, reinforcing the point that it is up to us to make the most of it. If we are to enhance the recovery and help those most in need immediately, it is up to us to get to work. If that is to be sustainable, it is up to us to use this stimulus to build assets and capabilities (human and community) to make it last and to ensure there is a return on investment of our own tax dollars.


I also wanted to take time to highlight an article that my friend and economic developmentcolleague recently wrote. Tom Walker of Rev1 Ventures is an exceptional leader and is doing great things for the Columbus Region’s venture backed companies. My takeaway from his recent article in Entrepreneur is that the advice is just as good for community leaders as it is for someone growing a start-up tech company. Enjoy!

-Kenny McDonald