Ronald C. Kysiak headed a non-profit, private economic development corporation, Evanston Inventure, Inc. from 1984 until 2010. Evanston Inventure, Inc.was supported by the city’s largest employers and institutions, including city government, hospitals, banks, large land and building owners, and Northwestern University. In that time Inventure Initiated and implemented long-term economic development strategies and programs, effecting change through forging partnerships among and between government, university and the private sector.
From 1986 until 2005 Mr. Kysiak was also Executive VP and CEO of the Northwestern University/Evanston Research Park, a 20-acre mixed use, urban research park located just north of Chicago. The Park was a joint venture between the City of Evanston and Northwestern University. The Park is now finished with approximately $300M in total investment.
Prior to Northwestern University/Evanston Research Park and Evanston Inventure, Mr. Kysiak served as Deputy Development Administrator, Director of Economic Development for the City of New Haven, Connecticut, and Director of Economic Development for the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Kysiak planned and started the New Haven Science Park at Yale. In Milwaukee he worked for Mayor Henry Maier, a leading voice for urban centers throughout the US after the riots in the late 1960’s. He is the past president of both the Council for Urban Economic Development (IEDC) and the Association of University Research Parks. Recipient of the DeLuca Lifetime Achievement Award from IEDC and the Career Achievement Award from AURP.
Mr. Kysiak is currently retired after many years of consulting in the US and overseas on technologybased economic development including research parks, incubators, seed capital formation and investing, technology commercialization and strategic planning for the creation of new knowledge communities.