Mr. Ronald Kysiak has been an economic development professional for 35 years, most of which has been spent in non-profit, technology-based economic development – particularly in the creation and support of early stage companies.

As economic development director of New Haven, CT, he created one of the first public sector technology funds. The Technology Innovation Fund, begun with a $1 Million US Department of Commerce grant, funded start-up and early-stage technology companies. That fund, seeded in the early 1980s, is still active. He also re-funded and operated the New Haven Development Corporation, which provided gap and subordinated debt financing to non-technology entrepreneurs, primarily minorities and women. That fund is also still active.

Mr. Kysiak was also responsible for the planning and development of the Science Park at Yale, including a technology incubator. In that capacity he worked with small technology companies, particularly in biotech, to assist them in developing successful business plans and acquisition of early stage financing.

Since 1986, he has directed Evanston Inventure, a private, non-profit economic development organization composed of representatives of Evanston’s largest employers, including Northwestern University, the City of Evanston, and a dozen large businesses and institutions. Along with a business incubator and seed fund, Mr. Kysiak was responsible for the planning, development and marketing of the Northwestern University/Evanston Research Park in downtown Evanston.

Mr. Kysiak has been a consultant to many cities, counties, states and universities on research parks, incubators and technology transfer (such as Marquette University, Milwaukee WI; University of New Hampshire; University of Pennsylvania; Milwaukee County; State of Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Hershey Medical Center, Hershey PA; City of South Bend, IN). Kysiak has also provided consultant services to organizations and universities in Eastern and Central Europe on developing entrepreneurship through technology transfer and university incubators.

Mr. Quentin E. Davis is president of QED Consulting, a specialist in market assessments and feasibility analysis for major commercial initiatives. After a lengthy career in the public sector, his private sector commercial development work has taken him throughout the United States and overseas to such diverse markets as Cairo, Egypt; Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Peoria, Illinois. His project background includes economic modeling and forecasting, project planning and administration, tax increment financing, industrial redevelopment plans, military base reuse plans, and downtown and waterfront project planning and implementation, Mr. Davis has performed more than 60 market assessments and strategic plans. Of particular relevance is his highly acclaimed work with Erie, Pennsylvania, on a downtown convention center. For this project, Mr. Davis completed a market analysis, management and marketing plan, financial package, and implementation plan.

Mr. Davis works with Diane Lupke & Associates, Inc. on inner city market analysis, commercial market development, marketing strategies, discovering untapped retail and housing potential, and uncovering isolated markets in rural communities.

Quentin identified market voids and business opportunities for merchants in Lafayette, Indiana.
Mr. Jerry Szatan is Principal of Szatan & Associates. He has 30 years of experience in site selection, labor market analysis, and location strategies. He advises state and local economic development organizations nationally on economic development strategies, marketing and labor markets. His clients include many nationally known companies including: food processing, aerospace, transportation components, building products and other industries. Mr. Szatan has particular expertise in assisting communities to prepare for development and the site selection process.

Development Concepts, Inc. is a development services firm in Indianapolis that works with private, non-profit, and public sector entities. DCI's mission is to create innovative development solutions that are responsible to a community's needs, yet remain feasible, realistic, and attainable. In the previous five years, DCI has facilitated or been involved with new development activity approaching $1 billion.

Grinsfelder Associates Architects, founded in 1965, is an architectural firm based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, specializing in historical restoration, downtown revitalization, and community sensitive expansion and infill designs for churches and public and nonprofit facilities. The firm provides all phases of architectural services, including programming, master planning, site design and engineering, construction drawings and specifications, construction observation and contract administration, interior design, feasibility studies, structural engineering, acoustic and light engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, project management, and ADA requirement reviews.

These are only a few of the many fine planning, architectural, design, market analysis, and development firms Diane Lupke & Associates, Inc. works with on a frequent basis.

Coffee Creek Plaza, designed by Grinsfelder Associates Architects as part of revitalization efforts in Chesterton, Indiana.
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