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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)

Legislative Bulletin

The Legislative Bulletin, emailed weekly during session and monthly during the interim, is one of AWC’s most valuable legislative resources for cities. It covers what you need to know about issue areas, hot topics, and how to take action on city priorities.

Categories: Publications

Leisure time: Investing in visitors attracts local dollars

Cityvision magazine (March/April 2012) explores strategies cities are using to promote tourism, attract visitors, and reap rewards of travel spending.

LEOFF 1 Disability Board Best Practices Resource Guide

The LEOFF 1 Disability Board Best Practices Resource Guide contains valuable information for LEOFF 1 board members, board secretaries, and anyone involved with LEOFF 1 medical responsibilities and costs. The resource guide outlines key responsibilities, guidance, statutory requirements and provides sample policies to help navigate this complex issue.

Let’s move

Let’s Move Cities and Towns encourages mayors and elected officials to adopt a long-term, sustainable and holistic approach to fighting childhood obesity.

Categories: Resources

LID video series

This video series helps local governments with the code review and update process for managing stormwater, explaining what low impact development (LID) is and how these stormwater permit requirements present both new opportunities and challenges for local governments.

Liquor Cannabis Board fact sheets available now

View the Liquor Cannabis Board’s (LCB) fact sheets on legislation enacted during the 2017 legislative session.

Lodging tax

Get information about how to report your annual lodging tax expenditures.

Low impact development

Low Impact Development (LID) will soon be the required method for managing stormwater in Western Washington's urban areas and some Eastern Washington urban areas. Discover resources to help you make sense of the code review and update process.

Categories: Land use & planning

Match game: Finding funding that suits each city's unique needs

Cityvision magazine (November/December 2013) explores how tax levies, new state funding tools, and tax cuts help cities meet development goals.

Mayor & Councilmember Handbook

This handbook serves as a reference guide for mayors and councilmembers in Washington cities and towns operating under the mayor-council form of government. There are, however, materials on issues which also directly concern elected officials in council-managers cities. It covers the job of a mayor and councilmember, budget basics, council meetings, ethics, and other resources.

Municipal Excellence awards

This AWC award promotes and recognizes innovative and effective city programs that improve the quality of life in their communities.

Categories: Awards, About cities

New broadband infrastructure is coming. Is your city ready?

In the next few years, the broadband industry will be investing billions of dollars to meet the growing demand for faster speed internet, in both the wired and wireless space.

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