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December 2020 Urban Extension News Bulletin

Posted by msanderson | December 8, 2020

Features: 18th Annual People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Design Competition, Commentary – What an equitable pandemic recovery looks like, National Health Outreach Conference, WSU Metro Center works with City of Arlington on economic resilience and recovery.

Dear Colleagues,

The news headlines surrounding Covid-19 vaccines are starting to offer some hope and a light at the end of the tunnel as the whole world sits on pins and needles. Meanwhile, we carry on and we adapt to the strains and opportunities that face us today as urban Extension professionals.

In this season of sharing we would like to share with you some events and accomplishments you may be interested in. If you have something noteworthy to share for future newsletter, make sure to click the green box below to share your highlight.

I look forward to seeing more of you in person in 2021 as this pandemic eventually subsides!

Be well, wear your masks, and wash your hands.


Brad Gaolach Ph. D. | He/Him
Washington State University Extension
Director |Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension
Director | Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research
Associate Professor | Community & Economic Development
Phone: (425) 405-1734 | WSU Direct: 21734 | Twitter: @WSUMetroCenter | LinkedIn


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18th Annual People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Design Competition

18th Annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) National Student Design Competition Focusing on the P3 Phase I Request for Applications (RFA) and Informational Webinar

P3 Program:
The P3 program is a two-phase team competition. For the first phase, interdisciplinary student teams compete for one-year grants of up to $25,000 for project ideas addressing environmental solutions. Recipients use the funding to research and develop their design projects during the academic year. In the summer of 2022, Phase I teams will have the opportunity to attend the National Student Design Expo to showcase their projects and designs. Phase I teams are also eligible to compete for Phase II funding of up to $100,000 to implement their projects in a real-world setting.

For general information on how to apply, visit


Neighbors and families gather in Memphis’ Binghampton neighborhood. (Credit: Brandon Dill Photography for The Kresge Foundation)

Commentary: What an equitable pandemic recovery looks like
In a pair of op-eds featured in Next City, eight city leaders describe considerations and tactics required to advance more racially inclusive recoveries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders hail from cities participating in the Kresge-led Shared Prosperity Partnership. Part 1 features leaders from: Kansas City, Missouri; Memphis; Arlington, Virginia; Fresno, California. Part 2 features Minneapolis-St. Paul; Chicago; Cleveland; Milwaukee. Read their take on why strategies including closing the digital divide, creating more equitable capital flows to Black communities and providing direct cash assistance to neighbors struggling to make ends meet can help cities recover and become places where all residents can thrive.


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Save the Date: 2021 National Health Outreach Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2021 National Health Outreach Conference! The conference will be held virtually May 3-7, 2021. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to health equity, effective behavior change messaging, policy system and environmental change, health behavior, and pandemic response programming. Keynote speakers, concurrent and posters sessions will be relevant for professionals who address health, nutrition, youth development, workforce development, and human development. See additional details about the conference.

Follow the conference on social media for updates:
Facebook: @NationalHealthOutreachConference
Twitter: @HealthNatl
Instagram: @HealthNatl


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Working with WSU’s Metro Center: Downtown Arlington’s resilience in the era of Covid-19

Shop Local Arlington:
The Metro Center is helping the City of Arlington, WA support downtown businesses through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic recovery. The project will encourage businesses to be adaptive to ongoing challenges while also addressing customer behavior, the economic reality facing both businesses and customers, and long term community resilience and vision.

COVID-19 has been devastating to many small businesses. Success during this time may rely on a business’s ability to adapt. The City of Arlington, asked the Metro Center to help plan and implement a strategy to support downtown business resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Metro Center first designed a survey to assess the needs and strengths of local businesses, including their e-commerce savvy, as they face reduced in-person sales. Working in partnership with the Arlington city government, and the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Center has since helped the city design alternative, COVID-friendly strategies for traditional downtown fall and holiday events.

Learn more about this project and follow the Shop Local Arlington online Marketplace. 

Stay in touch with the marketplace on Instagram and Facebook, both @shoplocalarlington

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