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WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension

All great cities want to grow their economies, steward their environment, improve the health and safety of their citizens and insure that governments and non-profits create sound and equitable policies.

WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension (Metro Center), puts ‘the people’s university’ to work for Washington’s cities, bringing world class expertise to help inform data driven decisions and implement change that works. Utilizing applied research, the Metro Center’s work is outcome driven and solution oriented, geared toward developing practical knowledge and place-based solutions to alleviate modern world problems.

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Headquartered at WSU Everett, and with over 30 years of collective experience working with the complex socio-political landscape of the Puget Sound region, Metro Center staff serve as the conduit between metropolitan decision makers and WSU faculty expertise across the state. This project-based and client-centered approach gives the Metro Center flexibility to respond quickly to emerging metropolitan needs, and help build capacity to create sustainable solutions for the future.


Workshops & Training

person holding up 'innovation' signBusiness 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.

Two people working at a deskGrant-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

Two women during a poverty immersionPoverty Immersion

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.

Kids working on a science projectSTEM 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.


Group of people“Why Don’t They Come?” Strategies to Increases Latino Participation in Extension Programs

This cultural competency training is structured to provide participants an understanding of the diversity of the Latino/a community, cultural traits and values, demographics, the origins of the Latino/a population in the US and the Pacific Northwest, and some best practices to reach out and communicate cross culturally.