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53 Suggestions for Successful Public Service

Get ideas on how you can govern better.

AWC’s elected officials’ road map

Elected officials must learn all about their new role, what their city does, and how to inspire change that has a lasting impact on their community and future generations. This road map helps elected officials navigate their first year in office.

Cityvision magazine

Cityvision magazine, published every other month, tells the story of Washington's 281 cities and towns.

Forming Successful Partnerships

This workbook explores the benefits of partnerships, types of partnerships, a step-by-step action guide for implementation, and sample agreements.

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.

Knowing the Legal Territory

This video series is a must-see for every newly elected mayor and councilmember. This training fulfils the Open Government Training Act requirement for elected officials.

Mayor & Councilmember Handbook

A reference guide for mayors and councilmembers operating under the mayor-council form of government.

Open Data Portal

Research and data for fact-based decision making, Data is presented in tabular, map and graphic formats on timely topics ranging from city election results to utility rate trends to recreational marijuana revenues.

Open Public Meetings Act eLearning

We are excited to announce a new eLearning training opportunity, created in partnership between MRSC and AWC to provide the most current information on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). The training is customized for city and town councilmembers and mayors to help meet an important training requirement in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act Training. Be on the lookout for the Public Records Training module which will complete all of the training requirements of OPMA.

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.

So you want to be an elected official...

A guide providing practical information for people running for office in Washington's cities and towns.

The next 20 years in local government

What are the next big things facing local government? In this video, futurist Rebecca Ryan highlights 44 trends in four categories -resources, technology, demographics, and governance - that could impact how local government operates in the next generation.

The Ten Commandments of Community Leadership

Through cartoons, this publication provides a set of ideas and tools that leaders can use to strengthen communities and build a solid foundation for innovation and prosperity.

Within reach: Internal and external collaboration lifts cities up

Cityvision magazine (May/June 2016) explores collaboration tools, including developing relationships with individuals and organizations who have a stake in your success, or in whose success you have a stake, a.k.a. "enlightened self-interest." Communication is the key to fruitful collaborations, and active listening and exploring mutual benefits is a critical part of their success.

Your leadership contribution

Dr. Craig Dunn, Dean, College of Business and Economics, Western Washington University explores what makes your city hall work meaningful, and how you as a leader contribute to a greater good and a healthier community.
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