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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: July 27, 2000

CSUS President Selects
Regional Development Assistant

Robert Fountain has been selected as special assistant to the President for regional development at California State University, Sacramento. In making the appointment CSUS President Donald R. Gerth said, "He is exceptionally qualified for this position. His extensive knowledge of the region and his background are uniquely fitted to this assignment."

The assignment includes increasing the role of CSUS in fulfilling its civic responsibility as a participant and a resource in shaping the Sacramento region's future development. Fountain explained that, "This will occur through identifying opportunities for interdisciplinary academic and applied research, enhancing the regional development content of educational programs and by communicating this enhanced capability to the community."

In his new position Fountain will simultaneously serve as the research director for the Regional Economics and Land Use Institute, RELUI, a newly restructured CSUS research center. The center will provide applied regional research for economic development, land use planning, and business and industry decisions. The new center succeeds and broadens the former Real Estate and Land Use Institute, for which Fountain had served as the director for more than 20 years.

His qualifications include a doctorate from UCLA with concentrations in economics, regional planning, urban land economics, finance and research methodology. He retired from the CSUS College of Business Administration in 1994. Fountain has also served as a consultant and community development coordinator for the City of Los Angeles. He has also done extensive consulting work in the Sacramento Region. Recent projects include assessing the economic impact of Sacramento Municipal Utility District energy conservation programs, analyzing the economic implications of a major flood in the American River/South Stream Group Area and looking at the status of the area's information technology industry.

More information and a photo are available by contacting the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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