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Jerry Szatan


Szatan & Associates
Chicago, IL

Jerry Szatan has more than thirty years of experience in site selection, economic development, and real estate investing in the United States and abroad. He formed Szatan & Associates, a location strategy, site selection, and economic development consulting firm based in Chicago, in 1998.

He advises national, state, and local economic development organizations nationally on economic development strategy, marketing, real estate development feasibility, labor markets, and best practices. He was a senior manager at The Fantus Company, a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and worked in real estate investment and public policy analysis.

His clients include: Organics LaGrange, Sun Microsystems, Union Pacific Railroad, Waste Management, and Wausau Insurance.

North America
Business Services and HQ Advanced Manufacturing R&D
Logistics, Warehouse and Distribution
Boar’s Head Brand Carlson Wagonlit Travel Davis Selected Advisors
Equiserve First Card GAF, Inc.
Hewitt Associates Nature’s Path

Mr. Szatan writes and speaks widely about on-site selection issues and trends, labor market analysis, and regional economic development. He has written about: labor market evaluation, demographic trends, facility consolidation issues, rural site selection, intermodal freight development, green economic development, cultural institution building, and community image, and other topics. He has spoken before many states, regional, national, and international professional groups including the International Economic Development Council, Business Retention and Expansion International, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and other business publications.

He has a B.A. and M.A. in economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.