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Recent Projects

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Heritage Farm, a community food system, and the role of a public asset in Clark County

The Metro Center developed a report for Clark County to assist them in planning for the future of county-owned Heritage Farm. The project team utilized data, along with their deep expertise in food systems and…

Seattle-King County Cyber-Seniors

Welcome to the former landing page for Seattle-King County Cyber-Seniors! We’re so pleased to be able to connect you with the tech support you need / volunteer opportunities you seek. We’re in transition –  Equity…

Increasing Off-Season Tourism in Federal Way

The Metro Center is helping Federal Way assess the current state of its tourism industry and recommend new opportunities for increasing off season tourism that takes advantage of the city’s accessible location and local amenities.

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Downtown Arlington; Resilience in the Era of COVID-19

The Metro Center helped the City of Arlington, WA support downtown businesses through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic recovery. The project encouraged businesses to be adaptive to ongoing challenges while also addressing economic reality and long term community resilience.

Past Projects

2019 National Urban Extension Conference

May 20-23, 2019 Motif Hotel – Seattle, WA Washington State University Extension’s Metro Center was proud to coordinate and host the 2019 National Urban Extension Conference on “Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience.

Everett CHART – Assessing Financial Return & Program Effectiveness

Overview The City of Everett’s Chronic-Utilizer Alternative Response Team (CHART) was designed to address the needs of Everett’s most vulnerable residents who have overlapping health, mental health, legal and substance abuse issues.

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July 30-August 1, 2019 – Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, WA. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this by-invitation only workshop brought together a select group of 40 experts across an array of disciplines, sectors, and locations.

Stanwood and Camano Island Community Survey

The Metro Center is helping the City of Stanwood implement a targeted outreach approach to engaging community in strategic planning, by creating and analyzing a community-based survey.

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Yakima Equity Study Analysis

The Metro Center was contracted by the Yakima City Council to conduct an evaluation and statistical analysis of specific data compiled for their Equity Study. The results of the analysis gave the city a comprehensive baseline to support data driven decisions, and tools for equitable decision making.

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Age-Friendly Housing Assessment

In 2009, King County’s Aging and Disability Services (ADS), released the report Quiet Crisis: Age Wave Maxes Out Affordable Housing, King County 2008-2025 (pdf). The report indicated that the need for age-friendly housing has outpaced the available stock of affordable housing.

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Promoting Urban Food, Energy and Water Resource Resilience via the Regional Food System

Urban areas are major consumers of food, energy, and water. This project explores how food, energy, and water are interdependent in the context of changing environmental pressures and policies, using the Seattle metropolitan area as a case study.


Measuring Changes in the Restaurant Industry

The restaurant industry has been experiencing major regulatory, cultural, and technology changes in the past few years, impacting the status quo for workers and operators alike. The Washington Hospitality Association engaged the Metro Center to track employment and operational changes in Seattle’s restaurant industry as they respond to a new reality.


STEM Mentor Training

With the number of aerospace jobs outpacing the amount of trained engineers to fill them, the Metro Center, in collaboration with Pierce County, created the online curriculum: STEM Mentor Training. This curriculum encourages companies in the aerospace and STEM-based sectors to support the growth of their industry by mentoring the next generation of engineers.

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America’s Best Communities Competition

America’s Best Communities (ABC) was a three year $10 million competition that aimed to increase economic development in small communities. The Metropolitan Center provided guidance for the City of Arlington and the Town of Darrington as they progressed throughout the competition, and in their ongoing quest for sustainable economic prosperity.