Our Services

The Metro Center is a resource for public officials, non-profit leaders and the private sector within Washington’s metropolitan communities seeking innovative, research driven solutions to local issues. We do this by working directly with clients on a project basis, managing the project from inception to conclusion, and acting as a broker between the client and a broad range of WSU faculty expertise. Project areas may include:

Applied Research

Applied research is at the core of the Metro Center’s work. Applied research is outcome driven and problem-oriented as opposed to theory based. It is dedicated to developing practical knowledge to alleviate modern world problems.

Economic Development

The Metro Center has the capacity to examine the complex and diverse economic landscape of the metropolitan region and the strategies for, and impacts of, growth. Topics may include community focused economic development feasibility studies and strategies, e-commerce, regional food systems and metropolitan agriculture, or sector analysis and competitive advantages.

Policy Development

The Metro Center assists local governments and non-profits with data driven decision making and the creation of sound and equitable policies and systems. Our work includes public policy as well as operational policies and procedures for public and private organizations.

Organizational Development and Good Governance

The Metro Center works with organizations to improve effectiveness, develop leaderships and engage in sound strategic planning, helping them become learning organizations that can sustain transformation and remain competitive. Professional development training, such as our impactful Poverty Immersion Workshops, help organizations become more responsive to a diverse clientele.

Evaluation and Impact Assessment

The Metro Center can assess the effectiveness and impact of projects, programs and policies through both quantitative and qualitative evaluation, including innovative community based methodologies such as Ripple Effects Mapping. We can also design systems and provide training to allow organizations to conduct their own evaluations in the future.

Customized Training and Curriculum Development

The Metro Center utilizes faculty expertise to design educational and professional development programming in multiple subject areas and communication modes, such as the online STEM Mentor TrainingGrant-making & Request for Proposal Development Services and Business Ecosystem Services. We work with our clients to meet the needs of their organization or to develop educational programs, for their external clients.

Additional Services

Business Ecosystem Services

Washington State University’s (WSU) Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension (Metro Center) has developed a suite of community economic development services for local communities around the Puget Sound region.  Our services strengthen a community entrepreneurial ecosystem by achieving the following: Applying entrepreneurial thinking; supporting existing business owners with financial empowerment; building the capacity of community stakeholders to support their businesses.

Grant-making & Request for Proposal Development Services

WSU’s Metro Center helps non-profits, agencies, governments and foundations create quality grant making and Request for Proposal (RFP) programs to:
– Increase the quality of the applications you receive
– Increase the efficiency of the review process
– Insure that the short-term strategies of your RFP project align with the goals of your agency

Poverty Immersion Workshops

The Poverty Immersion is an interactive workshop that changes attitudes and challenges stereotypes about the working poor – paving a pathway toward professional growth and organizational transformation. Although it uses play money and fictional scenarios, the Poverty Immersion is a role play – not a game. It is a powerful experience that takes only three hours but makes a lasting impact. What you learn about poverty may surprise you.

STEM Mentor Training

Inspire the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals by becoming a confident mentor. Offered online at no charge through WSU’s Global Campus, STEM Mentor Training allows you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Contact Us

Brad Gaolach
WSU North Puget Sound at Everett
2000 Tower Street – MS45
Everett, WA 98201 (MAP)