Legislative Advocacy

April 19, 2017

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Register for AWC Annual Conference! Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
June 20-23 | Vancouver, WA
This year’s Annual Conference is packed full of sessions showcasing how cities innovate, integrate, and motivate! Get tips on how to support a culture of innovation and advance new ideas at city hall. Learn to build trust, address changing demographics, and connect with residents. Share your passion and be inspired by others to make a difference. Register now!

Cityvision article examines sanctuary cities
President Trump signed an executive order threatening to take away federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities. What constitutes a sanctuary city is open for interpretation by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Some local governments have already filed lawsuits against the order. Find out what arguments they make. More

So you want to be an elected official...
AWC updated this pamphlet for cities to give to candidates and prospective candidates for municipal office. The short pamphlet provides general information about how to work as part of a team, what cities do, roles and responsibilities, and where to go to find more information. Also, use this handy tips sheet to share important dates, as well as links to the Public Disclosure Commission and Secretary of State.

Tips for human resources
Small City Resource Manual | Chapter 7
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 7 delves into the hallmarks of strong human resources management systems. We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months or you can review the manual in its entirety here.

Center for Sustainable Infrastructure water report
Much of the water infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest is old and susceptible to breakdowns. Check out this report by the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure that shows how the Northwest can affordably develop their water systems. More

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Homeless data story map
Homelessness is a critical issue for cities across the state. AWC has collected stories about how cities are responding in this story map. The map includes short clips of locally elected leaders and selected news articles illustrating the scope of the problem and cities' creative solutions.

The number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness is growing and that growth has strained the current social service system. Urge your representatives and senators to support HB 1570, which would help generate greater resources for local governments and service providers to address the needs of this vulnerable population.

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2017 National Highway System Asset Management Program
WSDOT announced the availability of up to $75 million in National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) federal funding for improvements to roadways that are part of the National Highway System (NHS). These funds will be awarded during two calls for projects. NHS roadways encompass both local and state owned NHS facilities, and Washington State has one of the highest percentages of locally owned NHS facilities. More

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Legislature passes AWC priority public records bills
The Legislature passed HB 1594 and HB 1595 this week when the House voted to concur on the changes made by the Senate. The House concurrence vote for both bills was a strong bipartisan showing of 80-18. The bills now head to the Governor for his signature. AWC would like to thank all of the city officials who weighed in with your legislators on public records. More

Pending special session, budget impasse impacts cities
Budget leaders from the House Democrats and Senate Republicans still aren't negotiating in the final days of session. Find out what each side is saying, AWC's position on the issues, and what you can do. More

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RMSA Annual Meeting & Dinner
June 22 | Vancouver, WA
RMSA members are invited to attend the RMSA Annual Meeting & Dinner held in conjunction with the AWC Annual Conference. Members can attend in person or watch the broadcast. Each RMSA member entity that is represented will be awarded a loss prevention grant. Those who attend in person can earn $500; those who attend the broadcast can earn $250. More

2017 Poverty Immersion workshop
June 23 | Vancouver, WA
Poverty Immersion is a unique interactive experience that helps people understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. The workshop uses play-money and fictional scenarios to make a real and lasting impact. Learn the issues facing people in poverty, and help build a foundation for change personally, professionally, organizationally and in our communities. More

AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

May - September dates

Lacey, Bainbridge Island

Small City Connectors Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

May 8, 9 & 10

Pateros, Chewelah, Dayton

AWC Trust Regional Annual Meetings

May 9, 10, 24 & 25

Pullman, Moses Lake, Arlington, Centralia

Labor Relations Institute Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

May 3-5


AWC Annual Conference Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

June 20-23

Vancouver, WA

RMSA Annual Meeting & Dinner

June 22

Vancouver, WA

2017 Poverty Immersion workshop

June 23

Vancouver, WA

Other trainings

Tools for funding future infrastructure projects

April 20 & May 16

Yakima, Reardan

Infrastructure funding programs

May 4


WAURISA GIS conference

May 15-18


Making your job easier with MRSC’s services

May 18


WAURISA GIS conference
May 15-18 | Tacoma
This year’s Washington URISA Conference features a full-day session on May 16 focused on strategies to support local government GIS managers and leaders. If you are a GIS manager, coordinator, director or department head, this session is for you. More

Making your job easier with MRSC’s services
May 18 | Webinar
This free webinar will review MRSC's vast suite of online services, such as examples of policies, procedures, and ordinances on a host of topics, successful local ballot measures, zoning approaches for marijuana dispensaries, and online budgeting and contracting tools, as well as their person-to-person inquiry service. More

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