Rex L. LaMore
School of Planning, Design and Construction
Senior Specialist - Outreach, Urban & Regional Planning Program; Director, MSU Center for Community & Economic Development
1615 E. Michigan Avenue, Room 93
East Lansing, MI 48823
Area of Expertise:
Current Research: Revitalization of distressed communities, structural abandonment and material salvage, community economic development, circular economy and the Science of Domicology.
Methods: Engaged scholarship, policy analysis, survey research, demonstration projects
Additional Interest: Innovation in economic development tools, models, policies and practices. Economic Democracy
Bachelors: Bachelor in Science from Michigan State University.
Masters: Master of Science from Michigan State University.
PhD: PhD from the University of Michigan.
- MSU Center for Community and Economic Development.
- MSU Global Urban Studies Program.
- Williamstown Township Planning Commission.
- Michigan Association of Planning Board of Directors.
- Autonomous Futures.
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.