J. D. Snyder currently heads up the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development Binational Regional Collaboration and Innovative Export Strategies projects, funded by the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research's Michigan Applied Public Policy Research program. He previously conceptualized and headed up the U.S. EDA-funded East Michigan and Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional SME Exporting & Bi-National Strategies project. He was also the project director for the USDA-funded Northern Michigan Capital Access Project and the nationally-recognized, US EDA-funded project to support Northern Michigan innovative regional planning in the global knowledge economy. Under his supervision, the latter project produced six Collaborative Learning (Co-Learning) White Papers and the Northern Michigan Knowledge Economy Indicators report (2009).
He has conceptualized, developed, and managed a diverse range of projects from demonstrations of recycling automotive plastics with the Detroit 3’s Vehicle Recycling Partnership to investigating the feasibility of recycling urban wood waste for new secondary market applications. He served as an environmental advisor to Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard (1984-89) and Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (1989-90). As a member of the Great Lakes Commission, he headed up task forces on spill emergency response preparedness and soil erosion/control.
He has an M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a B.A. in history from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Rex LaMore is Director of the Michigan State University's Center for Community Economic Development and a member of the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Program. Dr. LaMore has over 30 years of experience in Community and Economic Development and has focused his career on the unique challenges of revitalizing distressed communities and issues and practices related to equitable development that can help communities and regions begin to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Dr. LaMore provides leadership at Michigan State University on a number of federal, foundation and privately funded research and outreach University/Community partnerships. His current research is focused on the role of arts and culture in entrepreneurial "creative capacity", and innovation in sustainable community and economic development. A number of Dr. LaMore's publications, research reports and handbooks are available at the CCED Website.
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. In 1995 he was the national recipient of the Community Development Society's Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his leadership and sustained commitment to excellence in community development, received the prestigious Educator of the Year Award in 2008 from the Michigan Economic Developers Association and in 2011 was recognized by his peers at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Academic Specialist.
Dr. LaMore is Vice-chair of the Williamstown Township Planning Commission. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Leslie Grimm is an undergraduate in James Madison College at Michigan State University studying International Relations. She is a research assistant at the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development. She completed the International Baccalaureate Program at Lansing Eastern High School in June, 2012 where she was a class Valedictorian.
Tony Orlando is an undergraduate at Michigan State University studying Environmental Economics and Policy. He is interested in issues surrounding land use and sustainable development. He is a research assistant at the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development currently working on the Binational Regional Collaboration project.