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About the Metro Center

Washington State University’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension (Metro Center) understands cities. From economies to the environment, health, equity and everything in between, the Metro Center leverages actionable research, cutting-edge analysis, and a deep understanding of place-based solutions to create pathways for cities to thrive.

The Center is a conduit of the knowledge and experience of WSU and aims to strengthen connections between university expertise and Washington’s cities. This is done through intellectual partnership, drawing upon the many experts at each of WSU’s five campuses and each of its Extension offices. This partnership allows the Metro Center to create solutions to cultivate new, innovative ideas, and actionable results for each of its clients.

How We Operate

The Metro Center offers a single point of contact and works on a project basis, providing fee-based management support for all projects including project scoping, assembling the project team, monitoring subcontracts and deliverables, and reporting. By utilizing short-term, project teams, the Metro Center can provide additional capacity is able to respond quickly to project requests from metropolitan elected officials, decision makers, and non-profit leaders.is a conduit enables public officials, non-profits leaders, and private sector leaders to access the unbiased knowledge base and research capacity of Washington’s land grant university through fee-based services to better understand the issues plaguing their community.

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Our Team

The Metro Center’s core staff manage project-based teams of specialists from across Washington State University’s five campuses. The Metro Center’s group of affiliated specialists is comprised of scholars and practitioners with practical applied research backgrounds. Specialists are experienced in working with policymakers, community stakeholders, non-profits, tribal leaders, and city leaders to develop actionable solutions to today’s urban challenges.