News and Articles

In Memoriam of Keith Moran: Remembering the Founder and President of Moran Economic Development

With profound sadness, Moran Economic Development announces the passing of Keith Moran, the esteemed founder and President of the firm. Keith John Moran, age 49, passed away on July 22, 2023. Keith had been battling health issues for the past several years, during which time he gradually stepped back from his leadership role at Moran Economic Development. Despite the hopes for his recovery and return to the company, his illness advanced to a point where it was not possible. 

For Keith, Moran Economic Development was more than just a company; it was his life's work. Since its inception nearly 15 years ago, Keith poured his heart and soul into building a thriving organization that significantly impacted the local Edwardsville – Glen Carbon community and beyond. His passion and love for his work were evident to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

"I’ve had the honor of working alongside Keith since the early days of the company and can say with sincerity that he loved the work he did and relationships he developed, both professionally and personally, throughout his career," said Jared Kanallakan, Vice President of Moran Economic Development. "Working alongside my colleagues Jake Zambaldi, Director of Development Programs; Emily Calderon, Director of Planning; and Holly Head, Associate, we look forward to honoring Keith’s legacy by leading Moran Economic Development into the future, continuing to build upon what he started nearly 15 years ago."

The passing of Keith is a deeply felt loss for the team at Moran Economic Development, his colleagues, and the community. His vision, leadership, dedication, and friendship have been instrumental in shaping the firm’s success and its positive contributions to the region’s economic development. 

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ink House in Edwardsville, Ill. The service is open to the public. A memorial service for friends and family will be held on Thursday, August 3, at 11:30 a.m. at the Moose Lodge in Edwardsville, Ill. More details and information about the services can be found here:!/Obituary

As we mourn the loss of Keith Moran, let us also remember the tremendous impact he had on our lives and the legacy he leaves behind. In his memory, Moran Economic Development will remain committed to its mission and will continue to strive for the growth and prosperity of the communities it serves.

The team at Moran Economic Development is grateful for the kind words and support during this challenging time. Thank you.

Emily Calderon, AICP, Joins Moran Economic Development as Director of Planning

Emily Calderon HeadshotIn September of 2022, Moran Economic Development welcomed Emily Calderon as Director of Planning. Calderon is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and specializes in leading complex development projects and creating partnerships that serve the greater community.
“We are thrilled to have Emily join our growing team. Her strong leadership skills and track record for cultivating business growth is exactly what we are looking for. We are confident she will serve as an asset to both our agency and the clients we serve,” said Keith Moran, president of Moran Economic Development.
With over 15 years of experience in the public sector, Calderon brings to the table a diverse skill set in comprehensive planning, community engagement, economic development, public policy and zoning. In her previous role, she served as City Planner where she led both long-range and current planning with a pragmatic approach. In 2014, Calderon received The Illinois American Planning Association’s Emerging Planner Award for her work on Imagine Belleville, a comprehensive plan in which she built consensus among disparate ideas.
Calderon currently serves as a lecturer on geography and urban planning at her alma mater Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree in geography from SIUE.
To learn more about Moran Economic Development and its full range of economic development consulting services, visit: