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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…

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. The Metro Center…

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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…

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 in King County and is likely to rise over time. In order to address this…

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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 (FEW). While the water and energy generally originate within an immediate geographic region, the food may be sourced globally. The Washington State University Metro Food…


Measuring Changes in the Restaurant Industry

The Metro Center is tracking policy and operational changes in the restaurant industry as it responds to changes in Seattle’s municipal minimum wage.


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. Over…

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America’s Best Communities Competition

America’s Best Communities (ABC) is a three year $10 million competition that aims to increase economic development in small communities. The Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension has provided leadership for the City of…