Economic Development Professionals Join Columbus2020! Team

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 16, 2010) – Columbus2020!, the Columbus region’s economic development initiative, has hired Deborah Scherer, director of global markets and Matt McQuade, director of business development. Scherer and McQuade join a growing team dedicated to attracting new enterprises and retaining existing employers to the eight-county Columbus region.

“Deborah and Matt are talented, experienced professionals that know the Columbus region and the state of Ohio very well and we are fortunate that they are joining the Columbus2020! team,” said Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer, Columbus2020! “They can hit the ground running and provide additional evidence that the Columbus2020! initiative is deeply committed to meeting the jobs and investment goals set by our leadership.”

Scherer will draw on her international business experience in both the private and public sectors. Scherer last served as director of the Ohio Department of Development’s Global Markets Division and is a native of Ohio. Scherer attended Ohio University where she majored in International Business and Marketing, and minored in Spanish.

“We intend to utilize Deborah’s skills to better understand our existing international business community and to develop a business proposition to companies around the world.” said McDonald.

McQuade will direct business development strategies in North America, on behalf of Columbus2020! He previously served as the Ohio sales manager for the Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC) where he marketed the state to companies and location advisors throughout the world. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) and a master’s in Public Administration from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at OSU.

“Columbus2020! is about surfacing opportunities and getting our region on the list of possible locations – often before they have fully conceived their projects,” said McDonald. “Matt has a proven record of doing just that in his previous roles.”

Columbus2020! is a regional public-private partnership focused on economic development strategies to attract, retain and create new businesses in the region. Additional team appointments are anticipated for the first quarter of 2011.