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December 6, 2017

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Thank you for a successful Elected Officials Essentials!

More than 360 elected officials gathered in 12 locations throughout the state to learn the most critical legal and functional responsibilities of elected office. Thanks to all the attendees, attorneys, and hosts who participated in Saturday’s event! In case you missed it, the broadcast will be posted online on January 2. Check out our Flickr for photos of audiences from all 12 locations!

Explore the newly-updated Public Records Act eLearning Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
In partnership with the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), this course is customized for city and town councilmembers and mayors to help meet an important training requirement in accordance with the Open Government Trainings Act. It was recently updated to include information for elected officials on 2017 changes to Washington’s Public Records Act. More

AWC Board of Directors recruiting for two positions
Members of the AWC Board of Directors play a critical leadership role in the association's success. The AWC Ad-Hoc Nominating Committee is calling for applicants to fill vacancies in AWC Board Districts 4 and 5. District 4 represents 19 cities and towns in two counties in central Washington. District 5 represents 26 cities and towns in five counties in southwestern Washington. Applications are due December 12 and interviews will take place January 23 in Olympia. More

Recruiting members for AWC Board Nominating Committee
AWC is seeking elected officials interested in serving on the 2018 AWC Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee recruits, interviews and selects a list of potential candidates for election to the AWC Board of Directors at AWC's Annual Conference in June. See qualifications, meeting dates, reimbursement info, and contact information. Deadline to apply is December 15. More

What is SAM?
Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) is a collaborative, regional stormwater monitoring program that is funded by more than 90 Western Washington cities and counties, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, and the Washington State Department of Transportation. SAM’s goal is to improve stormwater management to reduce pollution, improve water quality, and reduce flooding. Check out this short video to understand SAM’s role and why it’s important. More

Learn how to apply for UW Livable City Year program
December 12 | Webinar
The University of Washington's Livable City Year program is currently accepting proposals from local governments to partner during the 2018-19 academic year. Municipal partners benefit from the collective research and study efforts by dedicated students and faculty members. Previously, Auburn partnered with UW where they worked on 17 projects. Now UW plans to work on 30 projects with Tacoma. Join the webinar to learn how. Proposals are due February 1. More

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Legislative priorities outcomes sheetSuccessful city councils
As you gather resources to orient your newly elected officials or new staff to their roles, be sure to check Chapter 3: Successful city councils of the Small City Resource Manual, for an overview of parliamentary procedure, types of council meetings, ordinances and resolutions, and other topics they’ll want to understand. We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months; in the meantime, check out the manual in its entirety here.


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Over the past year, our research team created a number of interactive data visualizations that demonstrate how different issues relate to Washington cities. Check out 5 of our favorite maps, charts, or dashboards in 2017.

  1. State shared revenue (March)
  2. Mainstreet fairness (June)
  3. City elections & ballot measures (November)
  4. City comparison tool (October)
  5. Homelessness & housing story map (April)

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Legislative priorities outcomes sheetRegister for AWC's City Action Days! Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
January 24-25 | Olympia
AWC's popular winter legislative conference is back and packed full of valuable information for cities. Attend this conference to meet with and educate legislators about city priorities, advocate for your city, discover how the legislative process works, engage in the state's policy and budget development process, and ultimately make a difference in your community at the state level. Register now

Running great meetings using parliamentary procedure Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
January 25 | Olympia
It is critical that city elected officials take active participation at council meetings. Learn parliamentary procedure with tips and insights to create great meetings. Get a solid foundation for success in your principal job: discussing and deciding the key issues for your community. More

AWC trainings & events

City Action Days Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

January 24-25


Running great meetings using parliamentary procedure Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

January 25


Other trainings

UW Livable City Year webinar

December 12


Planning Association of WA boot camp

December 15

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Urban Green Infrastructure Summit
February 21-22 | Tigard, OR
Flooding, stormwater management, air quality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and community health are among the critical metropolitan issues that Green Infrastructure will address at this summit. Create collaborative problem-solving networks, identify research and education priorities, and share existing resources with researchers, government and agency representatives, and professionals from across the region. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoTen steps to take for a successful legislative session
The 2018 legislative session is only a month away. Take advantage of this time before legislators return and engage your legislators on important city issues now. Here’s a tip to get you started:

#6 Attend meetings with legislators prepared with facts, stories, and concise materials. Communicate what your city needs early and often. Frame your city’s issues in a way legislators can understand and remember.

  • Don’t just send an email – meet in person! Speak with your legislator or the legislative aide.
  • Stories stick! Frame your city’s “ask” with a local story. Too many charts and graphs can make brains spin.
  • Respect staff and use time wisely. Staff are busy! They appreciate clarity and brevity.
  • Ask for frequent meetings or calls with your city, or a group of cities – both before, during and after legislative sessions. These can also be brief.
  • Talk about specific bills or budget priorities and tell stories about real impacts on your constituents.
  • Speak up even if you think it may not be necessary. If legislators don’t hear from you on something deemed important, they may assume you don’t care.

Want more ideas? See this handy top ten list.

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