Legislative Advocacy

April 5, 2017

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Are you on our CML honor roll? Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
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!

VW settlement webinar on April 17
Learn about the Volkswagen settlement and whether your city is eligible to receive a portion of the $112.7 million to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution from vehicles in Washington. The Department of Ecology will be holding a webinar on Monday, April 17 at 10 am to inform the public about the settlement and eligible categories that are outlined in the Court’s Consent Decree. More

Washington State Arbor Day

In celebration of the upcoming Arbor Day, we congratulate the 90 cities and towns in Washington that earned their 2016 Tree City USA Award. This national award from the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes cities and towns that work to improve how trees and forests in their communities are managed. Find out who won! More

Cities invited to join Global Day of Conversation
Earth Day is April 22, 2017. The Earth Day Network’s Global Day of Conversation is an opportunity for local governments to engage with their communities about environmental issues. Mayors and local officials around the world are invited to organize roundtable events on environmental education and issue a 2017 Earth Day Proclamation. More

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Elected officials: Earn CML credits and get recognized!
AWC's Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) program recognizes mayors and councilmembers for accomplishing training in four core areas:

  • Roles, responsibilities and legal requirements
  • Public sector resource management
  • Community planning and development
  • Effective local leadership

AWC provides mayors and councilmembers with a wide variety of training options to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships. More

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Share AWC House and Senate budget comment letter with your legislators
AWC testified in both chambers on our impressions of how each budget helps or hurts strong cities. Due to short allotted testimony time, we followed up by submitting a more detailed letter to leadership members in both bodies. The letter communicates our support for what we like in operating and capital budgets, as well as concerns and preferences in each approach. Share this letter with your House and Senate members and let them know about local impacts. More

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Retro Safety Academy
April 12, 13, May 10, 11 | Lacey
Are you responsible for your jurisdiction's safety program? Have you experienced an increase in on-the-job injuries? Interested in learning more ways to keep your workplace safe? If so, AWC's Retro Program can help you navigate workplace safety issues. More

AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

April - September dates

Lacey, Bainbridge Island

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

Labor Relations Institute Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

May 3-5


Other trainings

Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) effectiveness studies workshop

April 11


NLC savings and solutions for cities

April 11


MRSC FHWA Small Town and Rural Design guide

April 12


Tools for funding future infrastructure projects

April 20 & May 16

Yakima, Reardan

Infrastructure funding programs

May 4


NLC savings and solutions for cities
April 11 | Webinar
Learn more about how your community can save with the National League of Cities' Savings and Solutions Programs. This webinar will explore all seven programs—from municipal financing to community health, NLC offers ways to save your city and your residents money and time. More

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