Senior Specialist - Outreach, Urban & Regional Planning Program; Director, MSU Center for Community & Economic Development
Research Interests: Community and economic development, environmental planning, low income/distressed areas.
BS and MS from Michigan State University, and PhD from the University of Michigan.
Rex LaMore is the director of the MSU Center for Community Economic Development, and a member of the faculty of the Urban & Regional Planning Program. He has more than 35 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. LaMore’s instructional roles include teaching Environmental Planning and co-teaching MSU’s Urban Planning Field Practicum course for undergraduate and graduate students. A number of his publications, research reports and handbooks are available online. LaMore is the 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. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Planning in 2012. LaMore received his BS and MS degrees at Michigan State University and his PhD from the University of Michigan.