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More than 300 city officials gather in Olympia to support city legislative priorities

Media contact:
Alicia Seegers Martinelli
Communications Director
(360) 753-4137

OLYMPIA – More than 300 city officials will gather in Olympia Wednesday and Thursday for the Association of Washington Cities’ (AWC) annual City Action Days conference. Attendees include mayors, councilmembers and other appointed officials from Washington’s cities and towns.

“When cities are strong, the entire state flourishes,” said Paul Roberts, AWC President and Everett Councilmember. “Cities are where the majority of the state’s residents live and where revenues are raised.”

Throughout the legislative session and during the conference, city officials are asking state policymakers to support the association’s list of five city priorities:

  • Infrastructure: Halt the diversion from critical infrastructure programs to help cities grow and prosper.
  • Fiscal sustainability: Ensure sufficient and flexible revenue for essential city services.
  • Emergency responsiveness: Help cities prepare for and address impacts of natural disasters and other emergencies.
  • Public records: Strengthen the Public Records Act in response to changing technology and burdensome requests.
  • Human services, homelessness and affordable housing: Enhance the provisions of much needed human service programs to address issues that drive increased homelessness and public safety costs.

All conference general sessions will take place at the Red Lion Hotel (Wednesday) and on the Capitol Campus (Thursday). Conference general sessions include:

Washington is 281 cities strong (opening session)
11:30 am – 12:15 pm, Wednesday, January 27, Red Lion Hotel

Governor’s address
12:15 – 1 pm, Wednesday, January 27, Red Lion Hotel

Partnering to craft and find solutions to homelessness, affordable housing and human services issues
3 – 4 pm, Wednesday, January 27, Red Lion Hotel

Legislative Champion check in & Strong Cities prepare for a day on the hill
8 – 8:30 am, Thursday, January 28, tent on Capitol Campus

Conversations with legislators
8:30 – 10 am, Thursday, January 28, tent on Capitol Campus

Additional general session details are available here.

AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, 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. AWC also provides training, data and research, and Member Pooling Programs such as the Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Comp Retro, and the Drug and Alcohol Consortium.


Members of the media are invited to attend conference general sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. However, due to space constraints, breakout session are reserved for paying conference attendees. The evening reception is for conference attendees and invited guests.