Follow us during a sold-out City Action Days!
Nearly 400 city and town officials are in Olympia this week for our City Action Days conference to collectively tell state policymakers that strong cities make a great state! Whether or not you're at the conference, follow the latest highlights on our Facebook or Twitter, or get the app to access materials.
AWC welcomes new directors!
On January 23, the AWC Board of Directors elected Mayor Norm Childress, Grandview, and Mayor Ron Onslow, Ridgefield, to fill vacant seats for districts 4 and 5 respectively.The City of Spokane also recently appointed Councilmember Candace Mumm to serve as director for District 9. Congratulations and welcome! Find out who else serves on your AWC Board of Directors. More
Apply for a position on the AWC Board of Directors
Are you passionate about strong cities? Are you interested in supporting AWC's mission to provide advocacy, education and services for Washington's 281 cities and towns? The 2018 AWC Nominating Committee is calling for applications for the AWC Board of Directors. Learn how to apply. Deadline is March 23. More
Local Records Grant Program now accepting applications
Cities can now apply online for the Washington State Archives Local Records Grant Program. Grant-funded projects can include technology tools, organization of files, or digital imaging. Only one type of grant project is allowed per grant cycle. Applications for this grant cycle close on February 28, 2018. Another grant cycle will start again in July 2018. More
Cityvision highlight: Code source – Cities engage with the wireless industry on small cell deployments
Read this legal article from the most recent Cityvision about how preparation and education about small cell technology are essential to evaluate and understand the requests made by the wireless industry. The article aims to provide helpful tips in working with the wireless industry as you craft your wireless siting plan. More
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 here in CityVoice.
Exploring Washington's Cities and Towns
Cities are the governments closest to the people. Efficient and effective city governments are the foundation for vibrant communities and economic opportunities. But what makes a city and why does it matter to you? Use this high-level quick read to learn how cities in Washington function. You'll discover how cities budget, how city funds are used, what city governments do, and what city employees do, all interspersed with facts and figures that illustrate the breadth of work that cities do every day to make their communities shine. More
Call for projects for WSDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program & Safe Routes to School Program
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has issued a call for projects for grant funds. For the 2019-21 biennium, program funding is approximately $18 million for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program, with applications due May 11; and $19 million for the Safe Routes to School Program, with applications due April 27. More
Use our updated Strong Cities Pocket Guide to shape how you advocate
As an elected official, it is your job to make sure legislators know what your city needs. It is critical that city officials consistently communicate with legislators and tell them that strong cities are essential to a great state. Throughout the fall we delivered you the top ten steps to take for a successful legislative session, and now we bring you the newly-updated pocket guide to inspire your advocacy efforts. Follow these pointers, and you could win a 2018 AWC Advocacy All-Star Award! More
Check out our hot sheet!
You don't have to be in Olympia to tell your legislators what cities need. AWC's "hot sheet" lists bills of interest for the week. This includes priority and other bills we need legislators to support, bills we are monitoring, and bills we need legislators to oppose. Check out this list and contact your legislators. More
Register for Mayors Exchange
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
Urban Green Infrastructure Summit
February 21-22 | Tigard, OR
Flooding, stormwater management, air quality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and community health are among the critical metropolitan issues that Green Infrastructure will address at this summit. More
RCO grant opportunities
February 15 | Webinar
The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) will have a webinar on grant applications for project proposals in all Recreation and Conservation Funding Board programs. The webinar will give prospective applicants information about: Aquatic Land and Enhancement Account, Boating Infrastructure Grants, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, and Youth Athletic Fields. Applications are due May 1. More