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AWC presents our top ten in ‘16

2016 is coming to a close! We’re rounding out the year with our top ten AWC memories! Number one is especially our favorite.

10. Gearing up for a game-changing 2017 legislative session

We end this year gearing-up for what we expect will be a lengthy and difficult 2017 legislative session. Pressure is building for the Legislature to comprehensively tackle K-12 school funding. To meet budget demands, the Legislature will scour every budget line item. We’ve been working to make sure legislators understand the needs of cities and towns, and the value strong cities and towns provide to the entire state. Check out our legislative priorities.

9. City 101 video series

In 2016, we introduced our Cities 101 video series. These videos are designed as a tool to share with your broader community on social media and the web to tell the story about all the great work that cities do.

8. GIS Consortium

AWC partnered with FLO Analytics this year to launch the GIS Consortium. Whether you need a little or a lot of GIS assistance we can help you with everything from being an on-call resource for any of your mapping or data needs, to helping your organization develop an implementation strategy for ramping up or creating your GIS program.

7. Cityvision magazine tackled timely topics

From Raising the roof – Communities tackle homelessness with housing and services to Scaling the walls – Cities employ smart risk management to reach their goals, and from In with the new – Cities create spaces for innovation to Developing story – Strategies for a new generation of resilient infrastructure, Cityvision magazine tackled timely topics and highlighted city and town successes across the state.

6. Sold out Annual Conference – Largest attendance in recent history

More than 500 people gathered at Annual Conference in Everett to network with peers, attend sessions, and learn from other strong cities. Review the highlights here.

5. CML credits awarded to 59 city elected officials Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

AWC’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) recognizes mayors and councilmembers for accomplishing training in core areas. Congratulations to the 59 city elected officials who were awarded with their CML in 2016. Get your CML in 2017!

4. Candidates for statewide offices share views on city-state partnership

In September, AWC and Sound Cities Association partnered to host city officials in Renton to hear from candidates for statewide offices. Candidates spoke about how they plan to work with cities if elected, as well as their views on important city issues like fiscal sustainability, infrastructure, public records, and homelessness. Check out our Flickr for photos.

3. Growth in AWC’s Member Pooling Programs

All four of AWC’s Member Pooling Programs, the Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency (RMSA), Workers’ Comp Retro, and Drug & Alcohol Consortium had membership growth this year. There is power in pooling and this sustainable growth further strengthens these member programs, which benefits cities and towns across the state.

2. Advocacy All-Stars and Champions

AWC named six elected officials and one group as Advocacy All-Stars for their dedication and hard work championing critical city priority issues during the 2016 legislative session. AWC also bestowed City Champion awards on six overall champion legislators, two retiring senators, seven legislators who participated in the House Local Government Champions Caucus, and Governor Inslee for his vetoes that helped cities. Check out our Flickr for photos of some award winners.

1. You! Our members

Our number one spot goes to you, AWC members! We’re so grateful for all you’ve done to help make 2016 a banner year! We couldn’t have done it without you. Let’s keep working in 2017 to ensure that everyone knows that strong cities make a great state!

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