Michigan State University
Rex LaMore is State Director of the Michigan State University's Community Economic Development Program and a member of the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the newly established School of Planning, Design and Construction at MSU.
teaches ethics, urban policy and co-supervises the capstone practicum courses in the Urban and Regional Planning Program.
Dr. LaMore has over 25 years of experience in Community and Economic Development and has focused his career on the unique challenges of revitalizing distressed communities.
provides leadership in a number of research and outreach activities designed to create jobs and improve the quality of life in distressed communities.
current research is focused on Michigan's "knowledge economy and creative communities" where he
and a team of scholars at MSU
have developed a knowledge economy index for Michigan's counties and municipalities.
has authored numerous publications on community and economic development, including a recent article for the National Science Foundation
on the potential effects of technology on the development of social capital by community based affordable housing organizations.
As the architect of the 1992 Outreach Partnership Act with Senator Don Riegle of Michigan, Dr. LaMore's work has affected the nature of University/Community partnerships nationwide.
Dr. LaMore received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.