Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary. However, AWC consistently maintains 100% participation from Washington's 281 cities and towns. A 25-member Board of Directors oversees the association's activities.
Advocacy: We work with city officials to ensure decision makers know that the state is only as strong as its cities and towns. Our advocacy tools include timely updates, in-depth analysis, and trainings for a stronger grassroots effort.
Training and events: We provide education for municipal leaders, offering trainings that are relevant in today’s fast-paced, dynamic world.
Data and resources: Our research and publications help city leaders make fact-based decisions, identify trends, and explore new ways to approach city issues.
Member Pooling Programs: The pooling of like employers keeps overall costs lower and more predictable, allowing our members more time to invest in their community. Our programs include the Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Comp Retro, and Drug & Alcohol Consortium.
AWC’s mission is to serve our members through advocacy, education and services.
AWC is a highly respected voice of cities and towns before the Legislature, Congress, government agencies and others. We are the leader in providing valuable services and continuing education for our membership. We are the catalyst for promoting communication between cities and towns and for developing a broad public understanding of the important roles of cities and towns across the state.
We believe in…
Amended and adopted at the
Annual Business Meeting
on June 2015, affirmed
Access AWC's Form 990 on the GuideStar website.
AWC Board of Directors
Employee Benefit Trust
Risk Management Service Agency
Workers Comp Retro
Drug & Alcohol Consortium
AWC Annual Conference
City Action Days
Healthy Worksite Summit
Labor Relations Institute
Partner with AWC
Center for Quality Communities
Municipal Research and Services Center
National League of Cities