Community & Economic Development

Program Contact: Justin G. Smith, Community and Economic Development Regional Specialist
(360) 427-9670 ext. 690 •

Rural and urban, large and small, Washington’s communities are what make our state distinct and successful. Located in every county in the state, Washington State University Extension educators work with local leaders to help communities from Asotin to Aberdeen, from Colville to Kelso, survive and thrive.

Leveraging state and federal dollars with grants, WSU Extension programs help communities develop the infrastructure and amenities they need to remain economically viable and to improve the quality of life for local residents.

The viability of every community in Washington, regardless of size or location, hinges on its economic vitality. Are there jobs? Do young people have local opportunities to stay where they’ve been raised? Are new residents and businesses moving in?

Washington State University Extension partners with local communities in a variety of ways to shore up local economies. Visit WSU Community and Economic Development for more information.