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Advocacy Academy

The strength of your city is directly related to the decisions your legislators make at the state level. You are the connection between your legislator and your shared community. When cities are strong, the state is strong. We know that, but we need you – city elected officials and staff – to convince your own state legislators of this critical and mutually beneficial partnership to support city needs in Olympia.

Strong Cities Pocket Guide

This Strong Cities Pocket Guide provides information on how to engage with your legislators, local media, and community to secure a strong city-state partnership and increase positive legislative outcomes for cities.

City Action Days

There’s no better way to engage legislators and state agency personnel than at City Action Days. This must-attend two-day conference is held each winter in Olympia.

How to work with the media

Develop a relationship with your local media. This is a great opportunity to educate community members about what your city needs. This will help spur action and hold legislators accountable.

How to talk to your legislators

As a local elected or appointed official, it’s part of your job to communicate with legislators – and they need to hear from you. Find out who your legislators are and how to engage them.

Develop and communicate your city’s legislative agenda

Many cities across Washington have seen positive legislative outcomes by developing a city legislative agenda and working with their local media. See who they are and gain ideas of your own.

Advocacy All-Stars

This award to recognizes and celebrates actions by city elected officials who demonstrated a commitment to advocating on behalf of all cities. Discover who they are and how to become one!

City Champions

Encourage your legislator to become a City Champion. These awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication of legislators who championed critical city issues during the recent legislative session.