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February 14, 2018

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Legislative priorities outcomes sheetThe new AWC JobNet is now live!
We are excited to announce that AWC JobNet is now new and improved! AWC made these changes based on feedback we received from you and your peers in a recent JobNet survey. AWC JobNet now offers a significantly improved user experience and enhanced features for both employers and job seekers. Post your jobs today!

AWC & partners' infrastructure report gains traction

AWC partnered with the business, county, and port associations in 2017 to create a comprehensive report about Washington’s infrastructure needs. We shared the report with Washington’s congressional delegation to position our state for anticipated federal infrastructure funding, and to outline our needs and benefits to our economy. Now that the Administration’s infrastructure plan is out, the report has picked up steam. Read the report, watch the KIRO interview, and see the NLC Fly-in. 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

Cityvision feature highlight: Crisis. Response.

The opioid scourge affects all Washington cities, but Everett has suffered a particularly devastating blow. Discover how it happened — and how the community is fighting back. Read this feature story from AWC’s recent edition of Cityvision covering addiction and mental health. More

U.S. Communities can help fight opioid crisis
Increased access to overdose-reversing drugs is a critical component of the emergency treatment of opioid overdoses taking place in cities across the state. To help, the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance has partnered to offer a potentially lifesaving opioid withdrawal medication, a ready-to-use nasal spray that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose. More

National survey to identify training & technical assistance priorities
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is looking for feedback on training and technical assistance provided by the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center. Your survey response will help set national program priorities. The current national strategic plan focus areas are safety, infrastructure management, and workforce development. The survey will end March 2. 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 here in CityVoice.

Legislative priorities outcomes sheetHomelessness & affordable housing toolkit for cities
In case you missed it, check out this toolkit from AWC and MRSC that illustrates the diverse ways that Washington cities are responding to the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. The toolkit provides 18 real-world examples including housing levies, tenant protections, tax exemptions, regional coalitions, and emergency rental assistance. More 


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Prescription drug take-back bill passes in the House
On Feb. 9, the Washington State House of Representatives passed HB 1047, a major milestone for the long-running effort to start a producer-funded medication take-back program throughout the state. The program has the potential to reduce the availability and abuse of unused prescription opioids as patients will have a new option to safely dispose of excess or unneeded medications, if this legislation is enacted. Watch this video to learn how it’s currently working in several counties.

The document recording fee bill passes major milestone in the House
HB 1570 is a priority bill for AWC as we encourage the Legislature to give local communities tools to address conditions on our streets. The bill passed out of the House by a narrow margin. Find out what it does. More

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Legislative priorities outcomes sheetHealthy Worksite Summit early bird deadline is Feb. 19
March 21-22 | Lynnwood
Get inspired by thought-provoking keynote speakers. New-to-wellness or seasoned-veteran participants will get practical tips and resources to provide a successful health promotion program. Especially beneficial for those wanting to earn the WellCity Award! Register now!

AWC trainings & events

Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 21


Healthy Worksite Summit

March 21-22


Other trainings

Short course on local planning Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Various dates

Various locations

Urban Green Infrastructure Summit

February 21-22

Tigard, OR

Building a priority-based budget Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 28


2018 Tools for funding infrastructure projects Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Various dates

Various locations

Budget development and leadership skills to lead your entity

March 20

Federal Way

SLLC Supreme Court Midterm webinar
March 15 | Webinar
States and local governments await the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair where the court may begin to allow states and local governments to require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax. Since last fall, the court has also agreed to rule on the third travel ban, another partisan gerrymandering case, and a number of First Amendment free speech cases. More

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Now that the new AWC JobNet is live, we will highlight listings here in CityVoice each week. Check out these and other hot jobs!

Town of Woodway | Deputy Clerk/Permit Technician

City of Milton | Finance Director

City of Yakima | Fire Chief

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Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board (FBRB) grant
This new grant program for removing fish barriers is administered jointly by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Recreation and Conservation Office. Projects must correct fish passage barriers that impact salmonids and the projects must be near or in coordination with other fish passage investments. Applications are due March 29. More

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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