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WWU to open office in downtown Bellingham

Western Washington University will soon expand its presence in the downtown district, geared toward better connecting with the local community.

The university announced it has signed a two-year lease to put in a 2,500-square-foot office on the ground floor of Herald Building at 1155 N. State St. The office is expected to be ready by Friday, June 19 and will be a place where the public can drop in and find out more about campus life. It will have a conference room and office space for nine Western Washington University employees.

While the focus will be on interacting with the community, most of the employees in the new office will be WWU Alumni Association staff who will continue in their regular work, said Paul Cocke, director of Western’s office of communications and marketing.

“The initial focus of the office will be outreach to alumni. This move will feed directly into our goals of developing a culture of pride and philanthropy among our second largest alumni concentration (Whatcom County),” Cocke said.

The new office is a three-way partnership between the university, WWU Alumni Association and the WWU Foundation. WWU also has the Small Business Development Center in the downtown district.

The ground floor of the Herald Building is steadily filling up. Current tenants on the ground floor are Rock & Rye Oyster House and 123 Vape & Shop. Remodeling work is currently underway for Cosmos Bistro.

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