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All in the mix: Cities thrive by embracing new perspectives

Cityvision magazine (July/August 2011) focuses on embracing all citizens, regardless of age, ability, language, or culture.

Exploring Washington’s cities and towns

This high-level publication explores how cities in Washington function including city budgets, how city funds are used, what city governments do, what city employees do, and many facts and figures to illustrate it all.

GMA comp plan conversation starters

This Growth Management Act "starter package" features a series of 12 videos covering planning and land use roles and responsibilities, budget, economic development, community engagement and more. (CML: Community planning and development; 1 credit)

Guidelines for elected and appointed officials using social media

Social media is a tool growing in popularity for developing direct communications with your community and creating informal opportunities to reach out beyond official publications. City policies should cover the “official” city account, employee use of social media inside and outside of work, and elected official use of social media.

Hot links: Managing engagement in a digital world

Cityvision magazine (November/December 2015) explores how some of the many facets of the digital world affect Washington cities, particularly regarding community engagement.

In with the new: Cities create spaces for innovation

Cityvision magazine (July/August 2016) looks at some of the new and creative ways Washington cities are using innovation to address issues faced today. With limited resources available to cities, it is important for us to look at all possible solutions to a problem before we decide on a course of action. Innovative management can be hard work, but our cities won't thrive without it.

Pitching in: When cities turn over the reins, leaders emerge

Cityvision magazine (May/June 2011) explores how cities can help bring citizens together, across divides of geography, age, and local economic development.

Race to the top: Open conversations help cities build trust

Cityvision magazine (May/June 2015) looks at conversations revolving around race equity.

Reaching out: How mutual trust can lead to productive collaboration

Cityvision magazine (July/August 2017) explores how cities work collaboratively with tribes throughout the state. Find out how cities and tribes learn from each other as they work to benefit their shared communities.

Short Course on Local Planning

The Short Course on Planning is the pre-eminent training course on land use for planning commissioners and elected officials in Washington. Access this training through a series of ten short videos. (CML: Community planning and development; 3 credits)

So you want to be an elected official...

Interested in running for office in Washington’s cities or towns?

Soul patches: How culture and heritage nourish community spirit

Cityvision magazine (May/June 2017) examines how art is shaped by and helps shape your community values. Discover how cities are using art to reflect their local culture. Marysville details their new opera house, Colfax celebrates its ghosts, and La Conner's Mayor talks about his city's quality of life.

Talk therapy: Public dialogue helps communities reach common goals

Cityvision magazine (March/April 2013) looks at how public dialogue helps communities reach common goals.

The art of engagement: Defining the contours of community

Cityvision magazine (March/April 2010) explores tools for harnessing citizen input. Plus budget straight-talk and strategies for getting input.

Ties that bind: Social services partnerships help cities weave new solutions

Cityvision magazine (March/April 2014) helps cities bridge the social service gaps in their communities.

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