2017 AWC City Priority outcomes
Check out our easy-to-use outcomes sheet to learn the pros and cons of legislative action on each of our five city priorities during the 2017 sessions. More
Are you on our CML honor roll?
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! More
AWC Workers’ Comp Retro Advisory Committee
AWC’s Workers’ Compensation Retro Program is looking for one staff employee of a city or town in the AWC Retro Program to fill a three-year position starting in January 2018. Applications due August 31. More
UW & Auburn complete Livable City Year
University of Washington students, faculty, and the City of Auburn recently completed the 2016-17 Livable City Year program, wherein more than 160 students worked on 17 city-identified projects throughout the year. AWC is a foundational partner of this program, which provides an opportunity for UW students to gain real-world experience, and gives city staff the benefit of research and project assistance. More
RCO seeks comment on proposed rule changes
The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board is proposing changes to policies that will affect the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Local Parks, Trails, and Water Access categories. The board is seeking comments on four policy proposals. Comments are due August 30. More
Ecology amends shoreline procedural rules
The Washington Department of Ecology has revised state procedural rules for managing shorelines. Ecology developed the rules with help from local governments as well as feedback received during public comment periods. See the updated rules. More
Planning for growth
Cities that invest in comprehensive planning, growth management and environmental protection are helping maintain the health of their communities for future generations. The work is complex and continual changes to the law make the work even more challenging, especially for smaller cities with limited expertise on staff. Check out Chapter 10 of the Small City Resource Manual for an overview of these key city planning activities.
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. We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months or you can review the manual in its entirety here.
UTC Grade Crossing Protective Fund grants
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is accepting Grade Crossing Protective Fund grant applications now. The grant program funds projects that eliminate or mitigate public safety hazards at railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way. More
Want a bridge? Here’s your chance!
The Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) seeks a new owner for the State Route 167 (Meridian Street) Bridge that once spanned the Puyallup River. The bridge has been retired, and DOT is launching an effort to find it a new home. Preserve Washington’s history by relocating and preserving this historic structure. More
New LEOFF 2 contribution change for third party contracts, new policy under scrutiny
The state’s newly-passed operating budget included a shift in pension contributions when the employer contracts with a non-LEOFF 2 employer for services. In these cases, the employer will be responsible for both the employer and state LEOFF 2 contributions. See how AWC is responding and find a FAQ sheet. More
After a record-breaking 193 days, there's still no capital budget, but overall, city issues were mostly addressed
Find out how several AWC priority issues fared during the 2017 legislative sessions, what's up with the budget, which issues AWC is still tracking, and what's coming later this year, including a hotly-contested Senate race in November. More
Register for Mayors Exchange
September 20 | Kennewick
Mayors have a unique role at city hall, and who understands your challenges better than other mayors? This event provides mayors and city executives the opportunity to meet each other, discuss concerns and glean best practices. Each Mayors Exchange highlights a different topic, allowing you to delve into important issues facing your community and the state. Register now!
Short Course on Local Planning
September & October dates | Various locations
The Short Course is the preeminent training tool on land use for local officials in Washington. This three-hour workshop covers comprehensive planning and plan implementation under the state Growth Management Act (GMA). Content covers land use planning laws, Open Public Meeting Act requirements, and planning best practices. Find out if a Short Course is coming near you, or watch the short course video series. More