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Director of the Center for Community & Economic Development and Adjunct Faculty in Urban and Regional Planning Program, Michigan State University

Dr. Rex LaMore is the Director of the MSU Center for Community Economic Development, and a member of the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Program. He has more than 40 years of experience in community and economic development, and has focused his career on the unique challenges of revitalizing distressed communities, and policies and practices related to promoting equitable and sustainable development. He Is a founding member of a research team at Michigan State University advancing the science of Domicology .

Dr. LaMore’s instructional roles include teaching Environmental Planning, co-teaching MSU’s Urban Planning Field Practicum course for undergraduate and graduate students and the development of a new course examine the science of Domicology. A number of his publications, research reports and handbooks are available online. Dr. LaMore is the President of the Michigan Association of Planning (2016-17) and Vice-Chairperson of the Williamstown Township Planning Commission, which recently adopted the state’s first “Green Zone” land use classification. This innovative zoning classification is designed to preserve environmental, social and economic sustainability along a segment of the historic Grand River corridor. Dr. LaMore received his BS and MS degrees at Michigan State University and his PhD from the University of Michigan.


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    Director of the Center for Community & Economic Development, Michigan State University