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Diversity award, new article on Latino business for García-Pabón

(July 2017)

José García-Pabón, an associate professor in Extension Community and Economic Development and Latino Community Studies and Outreach specialist, has earned National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) honors in diversity for 2017. He placed second nationally and won top honors in the Western region. The awards were presented at the NACDEP-CDS Joint Conference, June 11-14 in Big Sky, Mont.

Through his Extension program, García-Pabón delivers educational resources to Latino families to help them engage with their communities and improve their families’ well-being in areas including entrepreneurship, youth leadership, sustainable farming, empowerment of women, and training.

García-Pabón also recently published “Latino small businesses in northwest Washington: Perceptions, challenges, and needs” in the latest issue of the Journal of Community Development. He surveyed Latino small business owners to learn about the factors that influence their success or failure. Most want business advising and training, and find satisfaction in owning their own businesses.

Read the article here.

Originally published in WSU CAHNRS News

National award for Extension’s positive ripple map program

(July, 2017)

WSU Extension faculty and colleagues have won the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) – Community Development Society (CDS) Team Award for their innovative Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) tool.

The WSU-created REM tool collects the untold stories and behind-the-scene activities that ripple out from community programs and activities.

Debra Hansen, director of WSU Stevens County Extension; Rebecca Sero, evaluation specialist and assistant professor at WSU Spokane; Lorie Higgins, WSU Extension adjunct and extension specialist, associate professor at the University of Idaho, along with colleagues from the University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University, were presented with the 2017 Joint NACDEP–CDS Team Award at the national conference on June 14. The award exemplifies the society’s principles of good practice as well as the vision of NACDEP, and recognizes the team’s creation, refinement, and work using REM across five states. The team was recognized for their generosity in sharing the technique, and for the benefits it provides for communities.

Learn more about Ripple Effects Mapping

Originally published in WSU CAHNRS News

Revised Community Revitalization Plan

(June 2017)

A follow-up report that describes the communities progress over the past 11 months of implementation and future goals centered around infrastructure, industries and employment, community and workforce development, resilience and sustainability, place-making and rural innovation.

Read the full article: Revised Community Revitalization Plan – Arlington and Darrington

SR 530 Mudslide: Long Term Recovery Report

(May 2017)

On March 22, 2014, a catastrophic landslide affected several communities in northwest Washington when an unstable hillside gave way. A wall of mud buried an entire neighborhood, taking 43 lives and closing State Highway 530, the physical and economic lifeline for the region. In response to the disaster, Washington State University (WSU) assembled a multi-disciplinary team to support the long-term recovery of the impacted communities.

Visit the following link to read more about WSU’s long-term recovery report.

For additional resources on SR 520 Mudslide recovery efforts, visit the Metro Center’s project page.

Urban Extension: Aligning with the Needs of Urban Audiences Through Subject-Matter Centers

(May 2017)

The educational program model is the principle approach Extension uses to deliver on its mission of “taking knowledge to the people.” However, with county-based faculty fully engaged in long-term program delivery, they may have little or no capacity to address emerging issues faced by urban communities. Urban governments often seek the research capacity of a university in addition to, or instead of, the traditional Extension programming model but sometimes turn first to other urban-serving universities. Washington State University Extension has addressed these challenges by establishing subject-matter centers. This article examines how subject-matter centers can add capacity to traditional Extension offices in order to be responsive to emerging local needs, suggesting models that other university Extension programs may use or adapt to their local communities. These models also foster more community engagement and articulate greater public value for the institution as a whole.

Read the full article: Urban Extension: Aligning with the Needs of Urban Audiences Through Subject-Matter Centers.

Written by: Brad Gaolach, Michael Kern and Christina Sanders

An Announcement From Rob McDaniel, CED Program Director, Regarsding Recent CED Promotions

Caroline Backman

Michael Kern

(April 2017)

‘Since the CED Unit was formed in 2011 it has been my pleasure to see Extension colleagues promote through the faculty ranks. Promotion is a statement of a faculty’s accomplishments and the recognition by Washington State University of their contribution to the State and the constituencies they serve. I am proud to announce that Caroline (Carrie) Backman and Michael Kern (both pictured left) will be promoted to Associate Professor on July 1, 2017.’

-Rob McDaniel, CED program director

WSU Clallam County Extension's Waste Reduction & Food Recovery Program- Featured in Washington State Magazine's Spring 2017 Issue

(April 2017)

Clallam County Extension agents work within their communities to reduce food waste through gleaning and other food recovery programs to redirect vegetables and fruits to food banks and people without enough food. Clea Rome, director of Clallam County Extension, says “Extension is a unique spot to connect different aspects of the food system and make it more equitable through food recovery”. Gleaning has also had substantial effects on the county. Karlena Brailey, a nutrition coordinator for Clallam County Extension, recently gave away 2,500 pounds of locally gleaned apples and pears to families in the Port Angeles School District. She is also working on a project to turn some of those gleaned apples into apple sauce, which will be distributed to clients at meal sites and food banks.

Project Lead by: Clea Rome, Meggan Uecker and Karlena Brailey

Visit Washington State Magazine’s website for full article: Waste Not

Learn more about Clallam County’s Waste Reduction Program

WSU Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension's post-landslide Economic Prosperity Efforts

(February 2017)

The massive Oso landslide killed 43 people, caused extensive flooding, and destroyed a key highway north of Everett in 2014, pushing the communities of Arlington and Darrington to their breaking point. Working in partnership with the two municipalities, the Economic Alliance Snohomish County and numerous local partners, the Metro Center has steadily guided the communities in their quest for sustainable economic prosperity.

Project Lead by: Martha Aitken, Brad Gaolach and Anthony Gromko

Visit the Metro Center’s website to read the full article: Call it the Urban Extension

Learn more about the Metro Center and the services that they offer.

NACDEP Innovation and Creativity Team Award Winning: National Level Award and Western Regional Award

Ripple Effects Mapping: Engaging participants in capturing results and untold stories of success

Measuring condition change is challenging for all Extension programs, and very challenging for documenting change in economic and community development. Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is a group participatory evaluation strategy for developmental and impact evaluation. The method engages program participants and stakeholders to retrospectively and visually map the chain of effects resulting from a program or complex collaboration. It is a highly participatory method, treating program stakeholders as integral, active participants in the evaluation process, rather than as passive recipients of program evaluation results. REM is engaging and interactive, iterative and conclusive, and is adaptable to unique contexts.

Project Lead by: Debra Hansen, Lorie Higgins and Rebecca Sero

Learn more about Ripple Effects Mapping

NACDEP Educational Technology Team Award Winning: National Level Award and Western Regional Award

Washington Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference “Small Business is Everybody’s Business” achieves wide-ranging success using a new model of delivery.

Washington State University’s Rural Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) is a statewide economic development leadership conference that uses a unique hybrid delivery model to reach rural communities, revive the economy, and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem. P2P uses technology to connect multiple sites simultaneously to provide an interactive webinar featuring a national expert. Well-designed and adaptable activities facilitated by local community leaders address issues and opportunities introduced by the speaker and regional participants. Small business owners and entrepreneurs also participate at local sites, allowing them to leverage the knowledge gained and apply it as well to their business goals and aspirations. Learn more about P2P

Project lead by: Monica Babine, Debra Hansen, Margaret Viebrock, Carrie Backman, Gary Fredricks, Sheila Gray, Mark Heitstuman, Krisan Lehew, Laura Lewis, AnaMaria, Martinez, Rob McDaniel, Clea Rome and Jordan Tampien

Learn more about NACDEP

Debra Hansen and Monica Babine Receive National Award

Debra Hansen and Monica Babine have received the 2015 Leadership and Collaboration Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association for their development of the Rural Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) Conference.

“We are proud of this national recognition for the Rural Pathways to Prosperity conference,” said Rich Koenig, associate dean and director of WSU Extension. “It is a great example of how WSU brings the resources of federal, state and regional partners together to strengthen the vitality of Washington towns.”

Debra Hansen and Monica Babine developed P2P as a more easily accessible resource for rural small businesses to continue thriving, growing and creating jobs. Even though small businesses comprise more of Washington’s rural economies than their urban counterparts, conferences and other learning opportunities are almost always located in urban centers, creating time and money barriers for rural community leaders and business owners.

Extension’s SR 530 Mudslide Recovery Team Receive National Award

WSU Extension’s SR 530 Mudslide Recovery Team, lead by Curt Moulton and Mike Gaffney, have received the NACDEP 2015 National award for Excellence in Teamwork.

Learn more about the SR 530 Landslide Commission

Dan Fagerlie Receives National Award

Dan Fagerlie has won the 2015 NACDEP Diversity Award for his efforts in partnership with the Colville Confederated Tribes and his work as the WSU Extension Tribal Liaison.