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National award for Extension Metro Center’s community-building research, partnerships

Posted by struscott | May 23, 2018
Team members of the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension.

From fair housing to healthy food and a sustainable environment, WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension helps communities across Washington solve challenges that affect us all.

In King County, the Metro Center works to meet housing needs for older residents. In Yakima, the team finds ways to equitably share city resources for all citizens, while throughout the western part of the state, the Metro Center studies ways for every community to conserve food, energy and water.

This summer, the Metro Center is being nationally recognized for its creative efforts to make Washington a better place.

The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) will present the Metro Center with its national award, “Innovative and Creativity: Team for 2018.”

To be officially given at the NACDEP Conference, June 10-13 in Cleveland, Ohio, the award recognizes the center’s community development work, research effectiveness, and their collaboration with others to help meet community development needs.

“I’m proud to join with colleagues in accepting the NACDEP award this summer,” said Brad Gaolach, WSU Metro Center Director.

“This national recognition underlines how Extension puts creativity into action, making a difference for citizens in everything from housing and economic development to equity in our communities. All of us at the Metro Center are energized by this award and will redouble our efforts helping Washington communities become better places to live, work and grow.”

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