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Five cities win AWC Municipal Excellence Award

Five cities received the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Municipal Excellence Award for 2016. For the past 27 years, Municipal Excellence Awards have been recognizing innovative city projects. This year, 31 cities submitted 50 entries.

“There are 281 cities and towns in our state, many that are innovative and deliver superior services to their citizens,” said Peter B. King, AWC Chief Executive Officer. “These five projects and initiatives rose to the top.”

Neighborhood Park Grant Program and Cloney Skate Park Revitalization, Longview
Longview revitalized a city park into a family-friendly skate park. Local student volunteers cleaned, painted, and reopened the skate park into a vibrant community gathering place.

Ridgefield First Saturdays, Ridgefield
The Ridgefield First Saturday series brings residents and visitors together on the first Saturday of each month to support local businesses. Events each month are centered around a theme and attract visitors to Downtown Ridgefield to showcase local businesses.

Historic Preservation Program, Colfax
Colfax designed programming to embrace the city’s historic heritage by creating pop-up shops in empty historic structures, leading historic preservation tours, turning an abandoned hospital into a haunted house attraction, and revitalizing other historic city attractions.

Targeted Investment Strategy, Spokane
Spokane renewed and expanded its target investment approach to economic development using four pillars including revitalization planning, target area development, financial incentive planning, and economic development assistance.

Solarize Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie
Snoqualmie partnered with nonprofit Northwest SEED to conduct a group purchase or “bulk buy” program. Snoqualmie added 47 solar panel installations in Snoqualmie and in neighboring North Bend.

Entries from 2000 to the present are profiled in AWC’s online Municipal Excellence database, which includes project summaries and contact information.

Winners will be acknowledged at AWC’s Annual Conference in Everett June 21-24 and entries will be featured throughout the year on AWC’s website and in Cityvision magazine.

The Association of Washington Cities serves its members through advocacy, educations 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 resources, and programs such as Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Compensation Retrospective Rating Program, and Drug & Alcohol Consortium.

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