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Ethics in local government – Why it is important

The ethical decisions facing both elected officials and employees have become increasingly complex and challenging. This webinar will provide a basic understanding of unethical situations and the tools and tips to handle them.

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.

Human capital: How cities can pursue connections and common cause in Olympia

Cityvision magazine (November/December 2016) shares strategic insights on listening, learning, legislating and leading, along with perspectives on tracking record request costs, lobbying boundaries and licensing fees versus taxes.

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.

Legal considerations and practical tips regarding executive sessions

Executive sessions, if conducted properly, can be integral to informed decision-making for city councils, particularly regarding sensitive issues. This update on key issues includes practical guidance and best practices.

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

This eLearning training opportunity was created in partnership between MRSC and AWC to provide 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.

Paper weight: Heavy records requests push cities to seek solutions

 Cityvision magazine (January/February 2011) explores the Public Records Act, and public records solutions ranging from personnel to technology to resource sharing.

Public Records Act eLearning

In partnership with the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), this course is customized for city and town councilmembers and mayors to help meet an important training requirement in accordance with the Open Government Trainings Act.

The tech issue: From open data to selfie close-ups, take your community where it wants to go

Cityvision magazine (January/February 2014) highlights the many technology options cities have to leverage.
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