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Cross roads: The intersecting priorities of commerce and community

Cityvision magazine (July/August 2013) looks at coal trains, perspectives on transportation benefit districts, rural main-street design, and new case law on culverts.

Crunch time: Cities talk with voters about the looming budget threat

Cityvision magazine (September/October 2010) explores new budget approaches, citizen congress, and congress.

Developing story: strategies for a new generation of resilient infrastructure

Cityvision magazine (September/October 2016) sees how cities are looking to the future, from Pullman’s smart-city grid to Spokane’s clean-water initiative to an electric charging station in Rosalia.

Categories: Cityvision, Infrastructure

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. (CML: Community planning and development; 1 credit)

Guidelines for city officials who routinely engage with legislators or communicate with constituents about legislative matters

The Public Disclosure Law, passed by initiative in 1972, includes important legal restrictions on how cities and towns communicate with their legislators and constituents about legislative issues at the state level. The law includes a distinction between lobbying and other advocacy communications related to legislation at the state level. Understand what’s allowed and not allowed.

Categories: Legal requirements

Guidelines for city streets as part of state highways

AWC and the Washington State Department of Transportation provide guidelines on the interpretation of RCW 47.24 and the construction, operations and maintenance responsibilities of WSDOT when a city street is part of a state highway.

Categories: Resources, Infrastructure

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.

Guidelines for elected and appointed officials" participation in elections activity

Elected officials and city staff should understand Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) guidelines before participating in any elections activities, including taking a position on a ballot measure or endorsing a candidate for political office. Review are some common examples of activities city officials may and may not do.

Categories: Legal requirements

Homelessness & housing toolkit for cities

This publication provides 18 real-world examples of tools and actions Washington cities have used in responding to the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. The toolkit includes articles on housing levies, tenant protections, tax exemptions, regional coalitions, emergency rental assistance, and more.

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.

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.

Just curious

Just curious is an AWC member poll conducted every other week. Responses are compiled and reported to provide an informal snapshot of Washington's cities and towns.

Categories: Data

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. (CML: Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements; 5 credit)
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