About Us

What is AWC?

Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan 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.

What does AWC do?

AWC’s staff focuses its work in five service areas:

  • Legislative representation
  • Educational training
  • Publications and resources
  • Technical assistance in personnel and labor relations, energy, transportation, budgeting, planning, risk management and employee wellness
  • Member programs, such as municipal liability and property insurance, employee drug and alcohol testing, workers comp retro pooling and employee benefits


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.

Strategic Plan 2013 and Beyond

Read here.

2012 Annual Report

A letter from CEO Mike McCarty and condensed financial information.


IRS Form 990

Access to Form 990