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May 24, 2017

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Don’t use city funds to fill state budget gaps – AWC CEO statement on special session
Check out this statement that AWC released telling the Legislature that despite the difficult budget decisions they face, we cannot forget the importance of the strong partnership between cities and the state. “As the clock continues to tick toward June 30, revenues that mayors and councilmembers rely on to deliver basic services continue to be in limbo,” said AWC CEO Peter B. King. More

AWC Open Data Portal – Annual Conference map

More than 350 people have already registered and nearly half of all Washington cities will be represented at this year's Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington! Check out this map to see who is going and which cities will be represented. Register today!

City of Stanwood and WWU partner on flood risk study
When classroom meets community, big-picture sustainability takes on a new direction! Stanwood recently joined the Western Washington University's Sustainable Communities Partnership, which launched last year with help from AWC. Check out what Stanwood and WWU will embark on in this Everett Herald article. More

Governor's Smart Communities Award winners announced
The Smart Communities Awards program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in Washington State. The awards are administered by the Department of Commerce, which provides technical assistance to local governments on comprehensive planning under the state's Growth Management Act. See who made the list! More

Civic Service Award – Submissions due June 2
AWC recognizes city officials who have retired after 20 or more years of service to their city. Elected officials, city managers and administrators, city clerks, senior department directors and city attorneys retiring between July 2016 and July 2017 are eligible. Submission is easy! More

Get involved! Recruitment deadline June 1
Want to make a difference by joining a statewide board or committee? Recruitment is now open for the following state boards and commissions through June 1:

  • State Board of Health
  • Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 Retirement Board
  • Capital Projects Advisory Review Board
  • Public Works Board
  • Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee

Learn what each board does and how you can apply. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoFirst special session ending – will a second help or hurt cities?
Partisan gridlock is alive and well in Olympia as the 30-day special session concluded in a near-empty Capitol on May 23. Learn what's likely to happen in June. More

Tell the media about state budget impacts
When the Legislature sweeps the Public Works Assistance Account, it leaves local governments to fend for themselves to fund large infrastructure projects. Check out what Walla Walla Councilmember Jerry Cummins wrote for the Union-Bulletin. While legislators inch toward a budget compromise, now is the time to tell your story! More

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AWC GIS Consortium

Take a look at the City of Sammamish Development Activity Map. This online map helps citizens easily find information about new developments in the community and is just one example of the great work cities are doing through the AWC GIS Consortium. Other members are developing GIS strategic plans, configuring Arc Server, getting comp plan assistance, and more. Visit to learn how GIS can help your city.

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Municipal budgeting & fiscal management workshopCertificate of Municipal Leadership program
July 13-14 | Leavenworth
A city’s budget document is one of the most important documents you have. It’s more than a bunch of numbers – it’s your primary tool for prioritizing and addressing your community’s needs. This annual workshop is designed to give both novice and expert budgeters the skills to enhance their budget document by weaving in performance measures, understanding how to spot red flags early, and engaging citizens so city priorities reflect the community. Registration now open!

AWC trainings & events

Designated Employer Representative

May 30


AWC Annual ConferenceCertificate of Municipal Leadership program

June 20-23

Vancouver, WA

RMSA Annual Meeting & Dinner

June 22

Vancouver, WA

2017 Poverty Immersion workshopCertificate of Municipal Leadership program

June 23

Vancouver, WA

Municipal budgeting & fiscal management workshopCertificate of Municipal Leadership program

July 13-14


Other trainings

Business partnership forum

June 1


DOR local government partnership

June 7 & June 15

Tumwater, Moses Lake

A Northwest vision for 2040 water infrastructure

June 8


PAW sign code updates training

June 23

Mercer Island

A Northwest vision for 2040 water infrastructure
June 8 | Webinar
A new report released by The Evergreen State College's Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI), uses a long-range vision and strategy to demonstrate how Northwest water utilities can meet aging water infrastructure challenges by adopting new investment practices for billions of dollars in annual spending. Join this webinar highlighting key findings of the report, including cost-saving solutions. More

Summit on reducing the supply of illegal opioids in Washington
June 15-16 | Seattle
Join the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys as they convene with local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, policymakers, and community leaders to discuss creative strategies and partnerships that can advance the response to the illegal opioid epidemic that kills approximately 700 Washingtonians each year. More

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