Extension professionals are invited to share research and ideas to help urban communities thrive, at an upcoming National Urban Extension Conference.

Set for May 20-23 in Seattle, the event, “Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience,” is designed to help professionals learn new ways to address the needs of people who live in or near cities and to explore the interdependent relationships between cities and rural areas.

André-Denis Wright, Dean of CAHNRS, joins Ron Sims, chair of the WSU Board of Regents andformer Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and King County Executive, among other keynote speakers and presenters.

Sessions will share information about programs and research happening across the country and a series of 90-minute Leading Edge Dialogue sessions will explore important issues facing cities and universities, bringing together Extension, university departments, governmental agencies, potential funders and other partners.

Washington State University Extension and the National Urban Extension Leaders are hosting the conference. The cost to attend is $575, including meals and mobile learning workshops. Registration deadline is April 22.

The event will be held at Motif Seattle, 1415 Fifth Avenue.

To learn more, visit the event website or contact Maggie Anderson Fasy, events coordinator for the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension, at msanderson@wsu.edu.