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CWU Foundation to Open Office in Downtown Ellensburg

The Central Washington University Foundation will soon open a business office in downtown Ellensburg, according to Brad Fitterer, CWU Foundation board chair. He said the leased space, at 421 North Main Street, will position the foundation to have a greater connection and presence within the Ellensburg and Kittitas County communities.

“I’m very pleased to welcome the Foundation to downtown Ellensburg,” said Fitterer, proprietor of Fitterer’s Furniture, adding that the move underscores opportunities for greater collaboration and partnership between the foundation and the Ellensburg community. “I applaud the CWU Foundation and the university for making this move possible and, on behalf of Ellensburg businesses, welcome the foundation to the neighborhood.”

Fitterer said the foundation offices will go into space that has been vacant for some time.

“Having this professional office moving into this beautifully remodeled space that has been unoccupied for the past several years will allow the CWU Foundation to become even more integrated into the downtown community,” said Fitterer.

Fitterer said the new downtown presence is another exciting step forward in preparing for CWU’s next capital campaign. Scott Wade, CWU Foundation executive director, said the new location would place the foundation in the heart of Ellensburg, visible to downtown businesses, visitors, and community residents.

“We want to be part of the community where we live, work, and play,” said Wade. “We’re building relevant partnerships and collaborations with local area business and organizations that are mutually beneficial and that help support the CWU educational experience.”

When open for business, Wade said the entire community would be invited to an open house in the new foundation offices.

Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,

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