CED activities focus on promoting local business expansion and retention; increasing transfer funds within a local economy (such as tourism dollars and retirement dollars); economic analysis; and increasing exports and local entrepreneur development. In addition, efforts include programs that result in local leadership development and effective community non-profits. In undertaking this work, CED has a number of special emphases.
- Working with Latino communities and businesses
- The deployment of broadband and use of information technology in rural areas
- Enhancing WSU Extension’s engagement with Tribal communities and leaders
- Composite and wood product development through the Composite Materials & Engineering Center (CMEC)
CED programs contribute to the development of community food systems that strengthen local economics, address environmental concerns associated with food production, and help assure food security. An area of CED specialization in this program is assisting Food Processors in process development and developing new value added product.
CED focuses on assisting local, state, federal, and tribal governments (and their agencies) to do their work in an informed and effective manner. Assistance takes the forms of applied research, process facilitation, collaborative problem solving, and training. The majority of this work takes place through the Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS) and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center.
Additionally, CED is responsible for establishing the new WSU Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension. The Center’s goal is to bring University resources to bear on urban issues and opportunities through collaborative action-oriented research and outreach. The Center focuses on contributing to resilient local economies, natural resources stewardship, and strengthening metropolitan governmental and non-profit sectors.