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On the horizon: Forecasting tools for a dynamic future

Cityvision magazine (March/April 2017) explores the future of cities. Read about how cities in Washington are using data and forecasting tools to plan for the future in their communities.

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.

Operation Strong Cities: Exercising local voices in pursuit of healthy communities

Cityvision magazine (November/December 2014) examines how city leaders are trying creative ways to find a voice for their communities in Olympia.

Categories: Cityvision

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.

Categories: Cityvision

People power: Innovation gives cities a bright future

Cityvision magazine (May/June 2013) looks at how the challenges in our cities require strong leadership from the top. Other times, the best ideas emerge from the ground up. But cities always benefit from tapping people’s passion for their community.

Categories: Cityvision

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.

Plugging away: On the search for new ways to meet cities’s needs

Cityvision magazine magazine (November/December 2010) shows that backfill funding and the fruits of earlier investments are helping Washington cities fill their budget gaps. But without access to infrastructure dollars and more flexibility than current rules allow, municipalities run the risk of sacrificing their future prospects for urgent present needs.

Categories: Cityvision

Portion control: Cities adjust their appetites to new federal fiscal realities

Cityvision magazine (January/February 2013) explores how cities can do great things with grants, innovation, and collaboration, when local and federal priorities align. Plus expert perspectives on gun safety and floodplain management.

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. (CML: Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements; 1 credit)

Race to the top: Open conversations help cities build trust

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

Raising the roof: Communities tackle homelessness with housing and services

Cityvision magazine (January/February 2016) explores how cities are responding to the complex crisis of homelessness by providing coordinated services, housing, and funding.

Rallying the crew: Cities muster local talent to set sail for the new normal

Cityvision magazine (March/April 2011) highlights how cities can align budget strategies with other priorities, from community sustainability to overall quality of life.

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.

Red Flag Checklist – Communicating about your city’s financial condition

This checklist provides 15 "red flag" conditions that could indicate problem areas in your city's financial future.

Categories: Budget & finance

Reflect and serve: Cities enhance public safety by aligning with community values

Cityvision magazine (January/February 2012) highlights gang outreach and block watch programs, and an interactive crime map. Plus, how cities untangle the complex knot of public safety issues surrounding medical marijuana.

Categories: Cityvision, Public safety

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