“Falling behind is not an option.” —Kenny McDonald Industry titan Kenny McDonald had a unique vantage point in 2020 as the chair of the IEDC Board of Directors. Today, he talks about the lessons he learned in the midst of a pandemic over which no one had significant control, learning to let go and allow his team to execute and respond to the needs at hand. As economic developers, we often have to communicate with the media. Kenny talks about how he honed his skills in navigating the press, and shares a crucial discovery exercise to do prior to making statements as an organization. The new year is also brings with it the transition of many local elected leadership positions. How does One Columbus go about immersing new public servants into the world of economic development, and why is it so important to share the importance of economic development with these folks? Tune in now to hear this (and so much more) from Kenny. Kenny McDonald is the president and chief economic officer of One Columbus since the organization’s inception in 2010. He is a leader and a visionary in the economic development space, and he has recently wrapped up his time as the chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)‘s Board of Directors. He has helped lead the execution of the One Columbus Regional Growth Strategy and development of the Columbus Region’s competitiveness agenda, and he has also built local and national partnerships that have accelerated the area’s development. Kenny has over 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. America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
This week we are joined by the American economic development legend, Kenny McDonald, CEO of One Columbus and currently serves as the chair of International Economic Development Council (IEDC).We discuss how Kenny has helped lead the Columbus Region’s regional overall strategy for growth and dive into his over 25 years of economic development and site selection consulting experience, plus much more!
Blueprint Creative Group - Do it the Tesla & Red Bull Way
What does economic development look like these days in a post-COVID era? Blueprint Creative Group presents this podcast series with perspectives from the CEOs and leaders of economic development organizations across the country. This series also explores how the pandemic has dynamically shifted how communities align with the trend towards a different quality of life standard based on new social distancing norms and cost of living compared to previous preferences for amenities, downtown living, and density. The CEOs share how this shift may shape economic development moving forward, how shadow communities are rising to the occasion to compete with larger metropolitan cities, and the implications for targeted industry growth.Blueprint Creative Group works with communities and economic development organizations to impact economic indexes through targeted industry promotion, business attraction, and tourism growth.
Crisis Management: One Columbus' Kenny McDonald on job creation amid Covid-19
Columbus Business First
One Columbus entered this decade with a sense of accomplishment and a revised mission to do better: Instead of "growth for growth's sake," the organization wants to build equity in every economic development project.Then a worldwide pandemic opened wealth gaps into chasms – making the work of job creation and retention more urgent than it's ever been, while scattering the economic development watchworks to videoconference chat rooms."As we studied our region at the end of the decade, we saw incredible gaps in job creation, in wealth creation, in the ability to participate in the economy in our workforce, because of the inequities," One Columbus CEO Kenny McDonald said. "This crisis has put a magnifying glass on that for the entire world to see. "They aren’t looking at charts, and don’t need consultants to show it to them. We can see it every day as we drive through our communities. And we’re living through it."McDonald talks about how the pandemic increased urgency of the job creation mission in Columbus Business First's latest episode of the Crisis Management podcast, about seeing businesses through the pandemic.One Columbus adopted a prosperity-for-all agenda as it rebranded at the turn of the decade from its past 10 years as Columbus 2020. The nonprofit was formed out of the last recession to revive the economy of 11 Central Ohio counties, and met or surpassed its goals for private investment and job creation. At the same time, inequities persisted.A full-time job has the power to change lives for entire families for generations, McDonald said.Racism had already inequitably distributed access to education, jobs, housing and thus better health. Then the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately threw members of minority groups out of work and exacerbated underlying health conditions. The crisis also accelerated by years the shift to a digital economy: Consumers are shopping and getting medical examinations online in numbers that hadn't been expected for five years or more. And companies furloughing staff are seeking artificial intelligence to automate essential tasks. Again, while the need to create jobs is greater than ever, forces in the very same market are decreasing need for headcount while demanding increased skills from those applying for jobs."And right now we need people working, earning wages, having health benefits and things like that," McDonald said. "So we’re going to have to be better than ever in economic development."The interview outlines One Columbus' response, the path forward and more. However, it was recorded before nationwide protests erupted over racial injustice, so that topic is not discussed.
052 - Economic Development Secrets - Kenny McDonald, One Columbus
Economic Development Secrets
We have a very special guest this month - Kenny McDonald who is not only the President and Chief Economic Officer at One Columbus, but he is also the current chair at the International Economic Development Council. Kenny shares with us about how the coronavirus has impacted his community and what his team's response has been to the pandemic. He also gives us an update on what the International Economic Development Council is currently working on.
DT #267: COVID-19 Response with IEDC Board Chair Kenny McDonald
Develop This: Economic and Community Development
Develop This! continues this new series of shows to help working economic developers gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact nationwide. Today's episode features contributing expert Kenny McDonald, CEcD, President & CEO of One Columbus and the current IEDC Board Chair. Kenny has served as president and chief economic officer of One Columbus, formerly Columbus 2020, since the organization’s inception in 2010. He has helped lead the execution of the One Columbus Regional Growth Strategy and development of the Columbus Region’s competitiveness agenda, and he has also built local and national partnerships that have accelerated the area’s development. Kenny has over 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 has an extensive economic development background, having held positions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and New Mexico. He was also a principal consultant at Fluor’s Global Locations Strategies unit, working with companies to evaluate locations across North America, Asia and Europe. More About Kenny McDonald More About IEDC
Episode 60: Kenny McDonald, One Columbus: Driving economic prosperity
One Columbus is focused on elevating our 11-county Columbus Region to be the most prosperous region in the United States. As its president and CEO, Kenny McDonald oversees the organization in its work to create partnerships with state and local partners, as well as diversifying the economy through the attraction of new businesses and supporting newly formed high-growth enterprises. Kenny has over twenty years of regional economic development and management consulting experience expanding across multiple markets. Cbuzz host Mikaela Hunt sits down with Kenny to discuss the rebranding of Columbus 2020 to One Columbus, the economic vitality of our Columbus Region and the value of community partnerships. cbuzz, the 2019 Best Business Podcast, is created in partnership with Capital University and the students of its Audio Engineering Society. Read more about the partnership here. The post Episode 60: Kenny McDonald, One Columbus: Driving economic prosperity appeared first on Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
Scott sits down with Kenny McDonald, Chief Economic Officer of Columbus 2020 to talk about where Columbus has been and where it is going - possibly at hyperloop speed.Featuring insights from individual contributors from all corners, nooks and crannies of the Columbus, Ohio region, Scott McComb, Chairman & CEO of Heartland Bank, has a goal to get to the why of our evolving and eclectic environment. Check back often for updates to the list of the latest interviews with some of the area's most interesting individuals who are 'Driving the CBus'!Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter - @heartlandbankFacebook - @heartlandbankcentralohioIG - @heartlandbank