About the Editor
Ron Coan (aka “The Curmudgeon”) is the Editor of C2ER’s Journal of Applied Economic Development and an adjunct Research Fellow for the Center of Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC). Ron possesses a Ph.D. from Miami University of Ohio in Political Science and Public Administration. He’s been a full time instructor at Truman College and a tenured faculty at Canisius College; in both instances he was Program Chair for Urban Studies/Public Administration. He has, since his retirement in 2005, taught full time as a member of the graduate faculty at Marist College and currently teaches as an adjunct in the Anne Arundel Community College outside of Annapolis/Washington DC. As an economic development professional, Ron was:
- CEO of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation
- Assistant City Manager in Kirksville Missouri, a neighborhood and housing activist during the early 1980s
- a member of a team which elected the first ever (and only) Democratic County Executive in Erie County, New York,
- Economic Development Coordinator and First Deputy Commissioner for the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning
- CEO of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency Group (six separate corporations)
- County Executive’s CETA/WIA Coordinator
- Vice Chair and Acting Chair of the 1993 World University Games, decade long member of Erie County MEP Board of Directors
During his career, Ron served on the Board and a Chair of the New York State Economic Development Council and served for a decade on the Boards of the Council of Urban Economic Development/International Economic Development Council. Ron has successfully achieved CEcD certification and served for five years on its Certification Committee; he has participated in numerous special CUED/IEDC community task forces, the latest in 2008 being New Orleans.
Professionally, Ron has extensive experience in Industrial Revenue Bonds (issuance in excess of $5 billion), PILOT agreements, RLF loans (over 1100 loans), and a micro loan fund. He established a venture capital investment corporation, whose track record today includes two publically traded corporations.
Internationally, Ron has been the recipient of a MITI grant for economic development study/travel in Japan. He was part of a four member World Bank/InterAmerican Development Bank team to Colombia which helped establish the first secondary market in that nation. He served as Vice Chair and Acting Chair of the 1993 World University Games, featuring 127 nations over 7000 athletes/coaches.
Ron is currently partly retired, and apparently somewhat restless, working on the definitive book on local economic development (with C2ER support and involvement), and a consultant/workshop presenter for the American Planning Association as well as his Editorship of the Journal.