John Melcher

John Melcher

Associate Director, Center for Community and Economic Development


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John Melcher is the Associate Director of the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development. He has over 25 years of experience in conducting research and outreach in community and economic development focusing on issues associated with distressed communities. His work engages faculty researchers and community stakeholders in developing regional knowledge economies, asset-based development and asset-building policy development, and community economic development. He has served on numerous community and university committees and has taught courses on community development, economic development, and research writing in the Urban and Regional Planning Program. He earned a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning and M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University.

John has been actively engaged in economic development for over 25 years and has participated in numerous research and outreach initiatives focused on regional economic development planning. Serving as the Associate Director of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development he is a principle member of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration University Center for Regional Economic Innovation, a federally funded project focused on transforming regional economic development planning in the 21st. Century. John also serves as member of a targeted regional exporting partnership to advance exporting by small and medium size businesses in Michigan also funded by the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

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Recent Presentations

  • (March 2014)

    Transportation and economic development

    Melcher, J.

    Presented to Transportation for Michigan

    Detroit, Michigan

  • (January 2014)

    Capacity building for sustained change

    LaMore, R., Melcher, J., & Doberneck, D. M.

    Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, Michigan State University

    East Lansing, Michigan

  • (June 2013)

    Bridging the gap between industry and education: Business and industry partnerships

    Melcher, J.

    Presented to the MSU Visiting International Program and LCC Technical and Vocational Training Corporation

    Lansing, Michigan

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