The Rockefeller Project was a multidisciplinary study of environmental concerns and economic growth in Oregon. It began in January of 1972 with a $500,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. An important element in the project was the development of a computer simulation model of human activities in Oregon, the Oregon State Simulation Model (OSSIM). Another important project element was a study of the location of people and industry in the state. Additional funding was obtained from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission. The project concluded in 1976, although related activities continued through 1980. Emery Castle, successively Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and then Dean of the Graduate School, directed the project. Albert Halter, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Christopher Calligan, a research associate in the Electrical & Computer engineering Department, successively directed the computer simulation model development. Herbert Stoevener, Professor of Agricultural Economics, directed the work of the location decision unit.
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