The Center for a New Washington extends the academic resources of Heritage University into the larger community to improve quality of life in the surrounding area. It is a place where creative practitioners and researchers meet to explore innovative and practical solutions to challenges faced by our state and region. Through research projects, visiting speakers, forums, and seminars, the Center focuses on challenges related to economic development, K-12 education, health care, energy and the environment, effective government, and families. As the name indicates, while valuing the heritage of the region's diverse populations, the Center emphasizes the future. As the University helps build brighter futures for its students, the Center helps build the brightest possible future for residents of the region.