Director, Center for Regional Development
Bowling Green State University
Russell W. Mills, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Regional Development and associate professor in the department of political science at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Prior to his appointment at BGSU, Dr. Mills worked as a policy analyst at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington D.C. where he developed and evaluated agency-wide reauthorization proposals for political and policy implications and coordinated with internal and external stakeholders to ensure communication of proposals to Department of Transportation, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. His work at CRD focuses on local economic development, improving air transportation access to communities, and examining the drivers of foreign direct investment (FDI) and reshoring. Dr. Mills is also the Principal Investigator for CRD’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center program that provides technical assistance, data, analytics, and applied research to local businesses and economic development professionals. He has received grants from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program, the Dirksen Congressional Research Center, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and the IBM Center for the Business of Government and his research has appeared in a variety of outlets including Legislative Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Public Policy, Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, Regulation and Governance, The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis and popular outlets including the Washington Post and Bloomberg News. Mills has a B.A. in political science from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, a MPA from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in political science from Kent State University.
University Economic Development Association
PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227