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About the Metro Center

Washington State University’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension (Metro Center) was created to strengthen connections between WSU and Washington’s cities. Drawing upon the many experts at WSU’s five campuses, Extension offices and research stations across the state, the Metro Center leverages applied research, cutting-edge analysis, and a deep understanding of place-based solutions to help communities thrive. Every Metro Center project is unique, designed to cultivate new ideas and produce actionable results for each of our clients.

How We Operate

The Metro Center acts as a conduit and single point of contact to the expertise at WSU. Working on a project basis, the Metro Center provides comprehensive project management services to public officials, non-profits, and private sector leaders wanting to access the unbiased knowledge and research capacity of Washington’s land grant university.

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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.


Washington State University acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native peoples, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, there are 43 tribes, 36 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington state. Some of these are confederacies that represent multiple tribes and bands. The University expresses its deepest respect for and gratitude to these original caretakers of the region. As an academic community, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in teaching, research, and programming. We also pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.