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AWC presents our top ten in ‘15!

  1. Longest legislative session in state history
    2015 was the longest session in history and ultimately, positive for cities. After 176 days and 3 special sessions, many city priorities were met. 2016 session starts on January 11. Make appointments with your legislators now to keep the city partnership with the state strong!


  1. Hundreds of city officials hit Olympia for City Action Days
    In February, hundreds of city officials converged upon Olympia from all 49 legislative districts to hear from legislators about critical city issues. Did you miss it? Come to City Action Days in January 2016!




  1. AWC Annual Conference attracts city officials from across Washington
    Cities across Washington State gathered in Wenatchee at the AWC Annual Conference this summer for workshops, networking, and exhibits that all focused on educational, and thought-provoking sessions on a wide variety of city issues. See you in Everett this June!


  1. CML credits awarded to 55 city elected officials
    AWC’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) program provides mayors and councilmembers with the training they need to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships. Get your CML in 2016!


  1. One year anniversary of the data portal
    AWC celebrated one year of our data portal in 2015. The AWC Research team gathers important city 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.


  1. Largest LRI attendance ever
    Held each year in May, Labor Relations Institute (LRI) is the premier training event for public sector human resources professionals in Washington. 2015 saw the highest LRI attendance ever with nearly 500 labor relations professionals! We’ll see you again May 4-6, 2016 in Yakima!


  1. First-ever Advocacy All-Star awards, and second-ever City Champion awards
    AWC created the inaugural Advocacy All-Star Award to recognize and celebrate actions by nine city elected officials and two groups who advocated on behalf of all cities. Additionally in 2015, AWC awarded 14 state legislators and the Governor with City and Transportation Champion Awards for their dedication to supporting critical city issues.


  1. Sold-out Member Expo
    The City of Chelan hosted AWC for a sold-out Member Expo this year! The Expo celebrates our four AWC Member Pooling Programs: the Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Comp Retro, and Drug & Alcohol Consortium.


  1. CEO Peter B. King comes on board
    In July, Peter joined AWC as the fifth Chief Executive Officer in AWC history. He hit the ground running, meeting with elected and appointed officials throughout the state and hearing their stories. His job is to be sure AWC meets the needs of cities and he welcomes your input.


  1. You! Strong Cities, Great State
    Our number one spot goes to you, AWC member! We’re so grateful for all you’ve done to help make 2015 a spectacular year! We couldn’t have done it without you. Let’s keep working in 2016 to ensure that everyone knows that strong cities make a great state!