Legislative Advocacy

February 8, 2017

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Group Health acquired by Kaiser Permanente
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner has now officially approved Kaiser's acquisition of Group Health. While branding changes will take place in Group Health facilities, the AWC Employee Benefit Trust’s Group Health coverage, including physicians, rates, locations and hospitals will not change in 2017. More

Planning your city’s future
Small City Resource Manual | Chapter 4 The Small City Resource Manual was developed to make life a little easier around city hall, especially for cities of fewer than 5,000 people. Each chapter tackles a different topic and includes relevant resources you may also find helpful. Chapter 4 provides an overview of legislative advocacy, economic development, connecting with citizens and other timely topics. We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months or you can review the manual in its entirety here.

Call for proposals – deadline extended
There’s still time submit your inspired or innovative topic idea for AWC’s 2017 Annual Conference. Share your talents by educating hundreds of local elected officials, city department directors, staff, and decision makers. More

We are currently accepting proposals for the AWC Annual Conference and Labor Relations Institute. The next collection date is anticipated to be February 21, 2017.

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GMA comprehensive plan conversation starters
View this Growth Management Act (GMA) comp plan conversation starter package of 12 videos covering everything from roles and responsibilities, budget, economic development to implementation, and community engagement. Each video is 5-8 minutes long and comes with a set of discussion questions to help you relate the video to your community. More

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Invitation to 2017 Design and Resiliency Teams  
The Design Resiliency – Technical Assistance (DART) program assembles multi-disciplinary teams of public and private sector experts to provide pro bono design and resiliency technical assistance to selected communities in the U.S. and Canada. While there is no direct cost, communities must demonstrate capacity and commitment. Four communities will be selected in 2017 and applications are due March 6. More

CERB funding available for local development
The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) provides funding to local governments and federally-recognized tribes for public infrastructure which supports private business growth and expansion. Eligible projects include domestic and industrial water, storm water, wastewater, public buildings, telecommunications, and port facilities. CERB has limited funding still available for the remainder of the 2015-17 biennium with applications due March 13. More

Federal Local Bridge Program call for projects
WSDOT has approximately $60 million of FHWA funding for improvements of local agency bridges. The purpose of the Federal Local Bridge program is to improve the condition of local agency bridges while ensuring no more than 10% of the National Highway System (NHS) bridge deck area is on structurally deficient bridges. All public agencies that currently own a bridge that meets the funding criteria are eligible to apply. Applications are due April 3. More


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Cities 101: Property tax
On Friday, the House Finance Committee will hear HB 1764, a bipartisan proposal to raise the one percent cap on annual property tax increases.

Make sure your legislators know that it is time to amend the cap to help keep revenues in line with inflation and population growth. Read AWC's issue brief.

Share this video on your social media networks and remind #WAleg that #WAcities need a property tax cap that keeps pace with inflation and population growth. More

Read this News Tribune article about the bill and what it could do for cities and counties.

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Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training
March 7 | Kennewick
March 8 | Cheney
March 9 | Ellensburg
April 20 | Bothell
The U.S. Department of Transportation mandates all supervisors of CDL employees, transit or gas utility workers, or any employee who might consult on a reasonable suspicion determination receive one hour of training in drug awareness and one hour of training in alcohol abuse. The AWC Drug & Alcohol Consortium is pleased to offer federally mandated drug awareness and alcohol abuse training. Register here

AWC trainings & events

City Action Days CML bug

February 15-16


Retro Safety Academy

March - September Dates

Marysville, Kennewick, Lacey, Bainbridge Island

Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

March 7,8,9, April 20

Cheney, Ellensburg, Bothell

Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23


Other trainings

Successful Strategies for Hiring the Right Person

February 22


U.S. Communities - New Online Marketplace

February 22 & 23


NLC Congressional City Conference

March 11-15

Washington D.C.

U.S. Communities delivers new online marketplace
February 22 & 23 | Webinar
Thanks to a newly inked contract with Amazon, government purchasing alliance U.S. Communities will allow registered co-op members with access to the Amazon Business Marketplace. Benefits include millions of products, tax-exempt purchasing and dynamic pricing. Informational webinars are scheduled for February 22 and 23. More

AWB Workforce Summit
March 22 | Seattle
The Association of Washington Business (AWB) is hosting a Workforce Summit focused on to harnessing talent and leadership skills within a multi-generational workplace. Generation Apocalypse: Debunking Myths & Promoting Collaboration will provide participants the tools to fill workforce needs and better serve employees and their communities. More


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