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June 7, 2017

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Annual conference logoCongratulations 2017 Advocacy All-Star Winners!
AWC’s Advocacy All-Star Awards recognize and celebrate the actions of city officials who consistently advocate for all 281 cities and towns. Officials receiving this award conducted advocacy efforts throughout the 2016 interim and 2017 legislative session. See who is on the list! More

Countdown to AWC Annual Conference!
AWC Annual Conference is just two weeks away. Here are five things you can do to get ready now:

  1. Register! (If you have not already done so.)
  2. Determine who your city’s voting delegates are for the AWC Annual Business Meeting and send that information to AWC.
  3. Review the conference schedule and check out the great sessions we have planned.
  4. See who is coming and make carpooling arrangements.
  5. Make a note to bring your checkbook or credit card so you can give to the AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship fund. Donations of all size support the educational endeavors of graduating high school students who show strong civic leadership!

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver, WA!

New, stronger distracted driving bill goes into effect July 23
A bill passed this session that expands and strengthens the state regulations against using a cell phone or personal device while driving and it will soon be enforced. Learn more about the new law, how far it goes, and who it applies to. More

NLC statement: Nation’s cities condemn withdrawal from Paris Agreement
On June 1, city leaders issued a strong condemnation of the President’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The National League of Cities (NLC) supported the agreement and led the largest delegation of city leaders at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Read the NLC President’s statement. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoSpecial session recap
The Governor called the Legislature back for a second special legislative session that will end on June 21, and conversations between negotiators on fiscal committees are occurring now. Curious where city priority issues stand? Check out these articles on city priorities from Monday’s Legislative Bulletin.

  • Progress on infrastructure funding depends on budget and water negotiations. More
  • Homelessness and housing bills have been on the back burner, but are still in play during the special session. More
  • Priority property tax bill is still expected to be part of budget negotiations. More
  • Cities support a state version of the Marketplace Fairness Act. More

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Local gov. opioid response grants available
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services is offering grants for local governments responding to the opioid crisis. The grants must be used to train and provide resources to first responders and other community partners on carrying and administering a drug or device for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Application due date is July 31. More

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What would the Marketplace Fairness Act do for your city?
Achieving marketplace fairness is a longstanding AWC priority. The Legislature is currently considering provisions in HB 2186 and SB 5929 to help level the playing field between local brick and mortar businesses and out-of-state internet retailers. Check out our data visualization to see Department of Revenue estimates of sales tax impacts for your city. 

Taxing trends
With limitations on property tax and other fee-based revenues and reduced access to state and federal monies, sales tax revenue is becoming more crucial than ever to the funding of essential community services. Accurately forecasting sales tax growth is key to ensuring that your city is making sound fiscal decisions. Read this article from the March/April edition of Cityvision magazine. More

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AWC trainings & events

AWC Annual ConferenceCertificate of Municipal Leadership program

June 20-23

Vancouver, WA

RMSA Annual Meeting & Dinner

June 22

Vancouver, WA

Municipal budgeting & fiscal management workshopCertificate of Municipal Leadership program

July 13-14


Other trainings

A Northwest vision for 2040 water infrastructure

June 8


DOR local government partnership

June 15

Moses Lake

PAW sign code updates training

June 23

Mercer Island

A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure
June 8 | Webinar
The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure’s new report, "A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure," demonstrates how Northwest water utilities can meet aging water infrastructure challenges by adopting new investment practices guided by long-range vision and strategy. This webinar, hosted by CH2M, features some of the report’s leading water sector contributors. More

U.S. Supreme Court review webinar
July 13 | Webinar
Hosted by the State and Local Legal Center, this webinar explores First Amendment and police cases of importance to local governments. More

Northwest Economic Development Course
August 21-24 | Ellensburg
StartUp Washington and the Washington State Department of Commerce offer this intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of local economic development. Diverse and experienced faculty provide an excellent blend of theory and practice. Course content is oriented toward practical application. More

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