University of Oregon

Economic Development Administration Center



Robert "Bob" Parker, Principal, 
CSC Director, CPW Program Director



Bob Parker is a principal of the University of Oregon’s Economic Development Center—a partnership with the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration which provides technical assistance and capacity building related to economic and business development to economically distressed Oregon communities. The Center focuses on sustainable economic development in the areas of food and agriculture systems, renewable energy, and green infrastructure. The Center won a national award in 2010 for its market analysis of local food systems in Lane County Oregon.

Megan Smith, CSC Director, RARE Program Director



Megan Smith, Director of the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments Program (RARE), focuses her efforts on assisting rural Oregon in addressing community development and natural resource issues. As Director of RARE, Megan is responsible for community and participant recruitment, training, and the daily administration of the program. Her planning focus is on watershed management and the role of education and outreach in planning. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in Citizen Involvement and Watershed Planning.


Student Research

Tristan Nighswander


Center for Sustainable Business Practice
Laura Strohm, Managing Director


Sustainable Cities Initiative
Nico Larco, Co-Director