Legislative Advocacy

March 15, 2017

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Deadline approaching – 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 2017 AWC Nominating Committee is calling for applications for the AWC Board of Directors. Learn how to apply and see the list of incumbents who have notified the Nominating Committee of their intent to apply. Deadline is March 24. More

ASCE Infrastructure Report Card released
The American Society of Civil Engineers released their 2017 America’s Infrastructure Report Card that grades the condition and performance of things like highways, wastewater, drinking water, parks, bridges, roads, and more. They have found America’s overall grade is a D+. See these videos, reports, and infographics to learn what that means, how it was concluded, and what needs to be done. More

Five things you can do to celebrate Sunshine Week
This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Here are five things you can do to promote your commitment to open government, and shed some much-needed sunshine on the time and effort city officials dedicate to upholding open government laws. More

City officials in the other Washington this week
AWC's leadership and approximately 90 Washington city officials are in Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for federal policies that support our cities. Follow along March 11-15 on AWC's twitter.

Ecology Volkswagen settlement survey
Washington is eligible for more than $112 million from the recent Volkswagen settlement finding that the company illegally installed software on many diesel vehicles allowing them to falsely pass emissions tests. Ecology has launched a survey to allow governments to weigh in on the state’s plan to spend the funds. Take the 3-minute survey by March 23. More

Request for nominations for Governor's 2017 Smart Communities Awards
Governor Inslee has invited nominations for outstanding work by local governments and their partners on community planning and development. Nominations are accepted through April 24. More

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What's going on with the state budget and why it matters for cities
Your AWC Government Relations Advocate Victoria Lincoln brings you the lowdown on what's really going on with the budget and why it matters for cities. Watch this video to learn the three problems the Legislature is facing with passing the budget, and the huge impacts on cities. Share this video in council meetings to get the conversation going about state-shared revenues that are at risk, and contact your legislators before it's too late. More

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Cityvision feature story: Home Rule
A half-century after its near death and resurrection as a tourist mecca, the City of Leavenworth confronts a new existential threat: peer-to-peer vacation rentals transforming its civic soul. More

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Register for Small City Connectors Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
April & May | La Conner, Tenino, Pateros, Chewelah, Dayton
Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other city officials from small cities! Attend any one of these free events to talk about programs with AWC and the Washington Department of Commerce, meet with your peers, and enjoy a catered dinner and door prizes. More

Shoreline Management Act Rule Update eLearning
This training introduces proposed changes to Department of Ecology procedural rules for managing shorelines. These rules define how cities and counties can comply with the requirement to periodically review their local shoreline master programs (SMPs) and create an optional process for amending SMPs that reduces duplication by consolidating local and state comment periods. The training explains the draft rules and how to comment. More

AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

March - September dates

Kennewick, Lacey, Bainbridge Island

Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23


Small City Connectors Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

April & May dates

La Conner, Tenino, Pateros, Chewelah, Dayton

Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

April 19 & 20

Tenino, Bothell

AWC Lobby Day

April 3


Labor Relations Institute

May 3-5


Shoreline Management Act Rule Update

Anytime - eLearning


Other trainings

State and local legal center Supreme Court midterm

March 30


Tools for funding future infrastructure projects

April 20 & May 16

Yakima, Reardan

State and local legal center Supreme Court midterm webinar
March 30 | Webinar
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016-17 docket is set. The court is still down a Justice and will decide many cases of interest to states and local governments including police cases, First Amendment cases, and a preemption case. More

Tools for funding future infrastructure projects
April 20 | Yakima
May 16 | Reardan

Do you need funding for future street or public works projects? If so, staff from various local, state and federal agencies invite cities to attend this workshop and bring prospective projects to receive expert technical assistance. More

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