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May 31, 2017

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Annual conference logoAnnual Conference offers something for everyone
In three weeks, more than 500 city officials and partners will gather in Vancouver, WA for the AWC Annual Conference. In addition to our “nuts and bolts” offerings, this year’s sessions unite city officials around the theme: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate. Check out the full schedule or skim the highlights below.


  • Vancouver’s Main Street mobile tour
  • Embracing innovation: What does it mean for our cities?


  • Building relationships with tribal neighbors
  • Times are uncivil & residents don’t want to engage: How do we fix it?


  • Innovative community engagement techniques
  • Leading optimistically

RMSA Annual Meeting & Dinner – Don’t miss out on your loss prevention grant
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

Cityvision: Treating an Epidemic
The current opioid epidemic affects everyone. In this Cityvision magazine article, learn how Auburn taps a regional approach to combat opioid addiction. More

U.S. Attorney General clarifies definition of sanctuary city
On May 22, the U.S. Attorney General issued a memo clarifying the definition of sanctuary city under the executive order. Read this National League of Cities (NLC) CitiesSpeak article for what you need to know. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoFive things you can do during special session
Legislators are in overtime pending a budget deal. Here are five actions you can take now:

  • Meet with legislators and give specific examples of why state-shared revenues matter to you.
  • Invite legislators to a council meeting and discuss how your city relies on state revenues and programs.
  • Ask for a commitment from your legislators that they won't support a budget deal that reduces the state-shared revenues that cities count on.
  • Talk to your local media and explain how cuts in state-shared revenues would impact your budget.
  • Read this mailer to discover what's at stake for cities and key messages.

What does it mean for cities if the Legislature fails to adopt a budget before June 30?
In 2015, the state faced similar budget gridlock and made a contingency plan for what would happen if a budget was not in place by the start of the fiscal year July 1. Find out what a government shutdown would mean for cities. More

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Homeless toolkit cover imageCity toolkit addresses homelessness and affordable housing crisis
The Homelessness & housing toolkit for cities, produced by AWC and MRSC, provides 18 real-world examples of cities responding to the growing crisis. Browse articles on housing levies, tenant protections, tax exemptions, regional coalitions, emergency rental assistance, and more. More

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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 greater community. Register now!

AWC trainings & events

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

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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Railway-Highway Crossing Program
WSDOT announced the availability of up to $12 million of Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) federal funding that is set aside for the elimination of hazards at railway-highway crossings. Funding is available for the installation of new crossing protective devices, upgrade of existing crossing signal devices, railroad crossing closures, and pedestrian crossing improvements. Agencies that own roadways with public crossings including roadways, bikes, and pedestrian paths, are eligible. Applications are due August 4. More

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