Active Projects

Age-Friendly Housing Assessment
In 2009, King County's Aging and Disability Services (ADS), released the report Quiet Crisis: Age Wave Maxes Out Affordable Housing, King County 2008-2025 (pdf). The report indicated that the need for age-friendly housing has outpaced the available stock of affordable housing in King County and is likely to rise over time. In order to address this…
Yakima Equity Study Analysis
In 2016, the City of Yakima began a process to address the equitable distribution of city resources. To initiate this process, the city compiled data from a variety of sources and visualized it into an interactive GIS (Graphic Information System) program. The result, called the Equity Study allows users to review that data across the City of Yakima’s seven council districts.
Promoting Urban Food, Energy and Water Resource Resilience via the Regional Food System
Urban areas are major consumers of food, energy, and water (FEW). While the water and energy generally originate within an immediate geographic region, the food may be sourced globally. The Washington State University Metro Food Energy Water Seed Grant Research Team seeks to understand how food, energy, and water are interdependent in the context of…

Recent Projects

STEM Mentor Training
With the number of aerospace jobs outpacing the amount of trained engineers to fill them, the Metro Center, in collaboration with Pierce County, created the online curriculum: STEM Mentor Training. This curriculum encourages companies in the aerospace and STEM-based sectors to support the growth of their industry by mentoring the next generation of engineers.
America’s Best Communities Competition
America’s Best Communities is a three year $10 million competition that aims to increase economic development in small communities. The Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension has provided leadership for the City of Arlington and the Town of Darrington as they progress throughout the competition.