SR 530 Mudslide: Long Term Recovery Report
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.
An announcement from Rob McDaniel, CED program director, regarding recent CED promotions
Carrie Backman and Michael Kern
Since the CED Unit was formed in 2011 it has been my pleasure 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 will be promoted to Associate Professor on July 1, 2017.
-Rob McDaniel, CED program director
WSU Clallam County Extension’s Waste Reduction and Food Recovery program featured in Washington State magazine’s Spring 2017 issue
Clea Rome, Meggan Uecker and Karlena Brailey
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.
Visit Washington State Magazine’s website for full article: Waste Not
WSU Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension’s post-landslide economic prosperity efforts.
Martha Aitken, Brad Gaolach and Anthony Gromko
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.
Visit the Metro Center’s website to read the full article: Call it the Urban Extension
NACDEP Innovation and Creativity Team Award Winning: National Level Award and Western Regional Award
Debra Hansen, Lorie Higgins and Rebecca Sero
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.
NACDEP Educational Technology Team Award Winning: National Level Award and Western Regional Award
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
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.
Hansen and 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, has received NACDEP 2015 National award for Excellence in Teamwork.
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.