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Join the Western Center – Invest in Your Future

More than 85 percent of Americans live in metropolitan areas and that number is growing. The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER) is committed to increasing Extension’s effectiveness by exploring new models for engaging urban decision makers.

Along with our vision to align programs with the needs, issues, and interests of your metropolitan constituency, the Western Center provides:

  • Professional development for Extension faculty and staff
  • Opportunities to engage in applied research
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Membership Benefits

  • A wider range of project and funding opportunities
  • Access to additional staff capacity in order to scope, manage and conduct multi-disciplinary applied research projects
  • Access to the Hot Shot model that increases Extension’s ability to respond quickly to emerging issues
  • Proper tools to maintain an impactful presence for your Extension organization
  • Applied Research Fellow opportunities for individuals in membering institutions
  • Marketing support for metropolitan activities
  • The coordination and documentation of outcomes for staff exchanges
  • A broader forum for advancing effective models
  • Webinar presentation opportunities
  • Topic-based workshops and topic-based forms to further develop applied research and professional development opportunities

Membership Options

Extension organizations can join the Center at either the Platinum or Silver level. For a detailed listing of member benefits, please refer to Membership Details and Benefit Table (.pdf).

Platinum Investor Level  – institutions have access to the full suite of benefits: access to state-specific evaluation of your metropolitan extension activities; priority registration and discounts for all Western Center activities; initiate, lead, or participate in exclusive professional development and applied research activities; host Western Center activities; and membership on the Western Center’s Advisory Board.

Silver Supporter Level – institutions have access to a select set of benefits: discounted registration for all Western Center activities and the ability to participate in a select set of the Western Center’s professional development and applied research activities.

To learn more about our current Platinum Members, visit our Platinum members page.

Non-Member Options

  • Faculty can participate in live webinars and have access to the archived webinars
  • Faculty can attend Western Center workshops on an as-available basis
  • Faculty can participate in applied research projects and other professional activities when invited by the Western Center

Become a Member

Annual membership is based on a July 1-June 30 fiscal year.  Membership fees will be pro-rated for new or up-grading members.  To become a WCMER member, please contact Brad Gaolach, WCMER Director, at or 425-405-1734.