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January 17, 2018

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Legislative priorities outcomes sheetRegister for Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
February 21 | Olympia
Governor Jay Inslee will speak at AWC’s upcoming Mayors Exchange to share his priorities for the 2018 legislative session and what it means for your communities. Mayors, city managers and administrators are invited to gather in Olympia for this engaging daylong session. Network with fellow mayors, share news from home, and discuss city legislative priorities. There are only 60 seats available at this event. Reserve your spot today! More

Legislative priorities outcomes sheet2018 Municipal Excellence Awards competition open
AWC's Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for residents, establish partnerships, and build community support. Award categories for 2018 include economic development, community engagement, public safety, small city success, and homelessness, affordable housing and mental health services. Deadline to apply is March 26. More

Legislative priorities outcomes sheetAre you on our CML honor roll?
AWC's Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) program recognizes mayors and councilmembers who have achieved specific training requirements. Congratulations to those recently added to the honor roll! More

U.S. Supreme Court accepts South Dakota online sales tax case
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a case involving South Dakota’s requirement for online sales tax collection. In 1992, before internet sales proliferated, the Supreme Court held in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota that states cannot require retailers with no physical in-state presence to collect sales tax. Read this Governing article to understand what this could mean. More

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City priority: Homelessness, housing, & human services
Urban and rural communities throughout the state are grappling with increasing challenges on our streets. The number of people experiencing homelessness is growing in many of our communities, spurred on by lack of affordable housing and a poorly-funded mental health and substance abuse system. Cities are struggling to solve these issues with limited resources. Watch this video where AWC Government Relations Advocate Carl Schroeder explores the problem and asks for assistance from the Legislature. Learn how you can help. More

Cities and PUDs seek balance on cellular technology  
Telecommunications companies are telling state lawmakers that cities and PUDs should provide them unfettered access to rights-of-way and utility poles. Read this HeraldNet op-ed, co-authored by Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, to learn what's at stake, and why we need to balance advanced technology with the interests of our communities. Want more background information? Check out this AWC video about proposed legislation and learn about small cell technology.

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2018 FMSIB Call for Projects
January 25 @ 10 am| Webinar
The Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB) announced that freight mobility funding is available starting July 1, 2019. This webinar will provide information about project eligibility and scoring criteria as well as some sample projects that have received funding. Send your name to Gena Saelid to register for the webinar.

Washington Department of Commerce CDBG workshops
March 14 | Olympia
March 20 | Moses Lake

Potential applicants for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) will learn how to determine if their project is eligible and how they can apply. Washington State CDBG helps cities and towns with populations under 50,000 carry out significant community and economic development projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. More

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Congratulations to all the new mayors and councilmembers. Welcome to the city family! Through trainings, resources, and publications, AWC is here to help you develop as a municipal leader. For your first 100 days, we’ll highlight some of your AWC Elected Officials Essentials right here in CityVoice.

Explore the newly-updated Public Records Act eLearning Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
In partnership with the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), this course is customized for city and town councilmembers and mayors to help meet an important training requirement in accordance with the Open Government Trainings Act. It was recently updated to include information for elected officials on 2017 changes to Washington's Public Records Act. More

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Running great meetings using parliamentary procedure Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
January 25 | Olympia
Attending City Action Days? Stay for lunch on Thursday and brush up on Robert’s Rules of Order! It is critical that city elected officials actively participate at council meetings. Learn parliamentary procedure with tips and insights to create great meetings. Get a solid foundation for success in your principal job: discussing and deciding the key issues for your community. More

Legislative priorities outcomes sheetAre you ready for City Action Days? Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
Do these three things before you arrive:

  • Make appointments to meet with your legislators. The best day to do this is Thursday, January 25.
  • Invite legislators to the Legislative Reception. Ask your legislators to join you at the Legislative Reception on Wednesday, January 24. Additionally, they may join you at the networking breakfast on Thursday, January 25. Check the conference schedule for details.
  • Contact the media to tell them why you're coming. It is important you use the media to let constituents and state decision makers know what your city needs. Remind them of AWC's Legislative Priorities as well as your city's legislative agenda. Let them know you'll be amongst nearly 400 other city officials in Olympia to tell legislators that strong cities make a great state.

AWC trainings & events

City Action Days Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

January 24-25


Running great meetings using parliamentary procedure Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

January 25


Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 21


Other trainings

Short course on local planning Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Various dates

Various locations

Making your job easier with MRSC’s services

January 23


2018 Tools for funding infrastructure projects Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Various dates

Various locations

Transforming Local Govt Conference

April 3-6


A future for stormwater management in Puget Sound 

January 31 | Puyallup
This full day of training brings together stormwater managers to examine and learn about the intersections for action (IFA) of stormwater management, urban growth/development and salmon recovery. More

MRSC’s Are you thinking avout a levy lid lift?  Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
February 7 | Webinar
Review how the levy lid lift works and discuss the various levy lid lift options. Learn the importance of the ballot title and the timing of your ballot measure to assure collection in the next calendar year. More

MRSC’s Building a priority-based budget Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
February 28 | Webinar
Discover how local governments can implement a priority-based budget, a more flexible budgeting system that evaluates the ultimate goals of communities and focuses on funding objectives and activities that support these end results. Attendees will leave this webinar understanding how to set (and keep) budget priorities and how these can be applied to making hard budget choices. More


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