Legislative Advocacy

January 11, 2017

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2017 Municipal Excellence Awards competition open
AWC's Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for citizens, establish partnerships, and build community support. Award categories for 2017 include community culture and art, economic development, public works, small city success, and youth. Deadline to apply is March 27. More

Check out who is coming to the Mayors Exchange
More than 80 mayors and city manager/ administrators will be in Olympia on January 18 for the Mayors Exchange and Lobby Day. If you are interested in carpooling click here to see a list of who is registered to attend.

UW Livable City Year program seeks municipal partner
The University of Washington (UW) is now accepting proposals from cities interested in hosting the UW Livable City Year program for the 2017-18 academic year. The City of Auburn is the 2016 partner city. The successful applicant will benefit from 40,000-80,000 hours of research and study by UW students and faculty members working to advance goals identified by the partner tied to livability, environmental sustainability, economic viability, and social equity, inclusion and access. The financial commitment will vary based on the size, scope and number of projects involved and associated costs. The deadline for proposals is February 15. More

Acknowledge an outstanding student in your community
AWC's Center for Quality Communities (CQC) will award six outstanding high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a post-secondary degree in the fall of 2017. Each city can nominate one student for consideration. Completed applications must be submitted by the city and forwarded to the AWC Center for Quality Communities by March 10. More

Recruiting members for Nominating Committee
AWC is seeking elected officials interested in serving on the 2017 AWC Nominating Committee. This committee recruits, interviews and selects a list of potential candidates for election to the AWC Board of Directors at AWC’s Annual Conference in June. If you would like to be considered for a position on the committee, email Michelle Catlin or Luann Hopkins by January 20. More

Governor seeks applicants for Sentencing Guidelines Commission
The Sentencing Guidelines Commission promotes accountability and equity through evaluating state sentencing policy for both the adult criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system. Check AWC’s website for more about the commission’s role, information about eligibility, and how to apply. Deadline is January 25. More

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Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program provides financial assistance for fire departments to increase frontline firefighters, rehire firefighters that have been laid off, retain firefighters facing imminent layoffs, or fill positions that were vacated through attrition. SAFER is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Applications are due February 10. More

Office on Violence Against Women offers grants focused on improving criminal justice responses
U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is seeking applications for the Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program. The Program challenges the community to work collaboratively to identify problems and share ideas that will result in effective responses to ensure victim safety and offender accountability. Applicants are required to enter into a formal collaboration with one or more nonprofit, nongovernmental victim service providers. The award ceiling is $900,000. Applications are due February 16. More

Grants to address violence against women in rural areas
Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities face unique challenges and barriers to receiving assistance rarely encountered in urban areas due to geographic isolation, transportation barriers, economic structure, particularly strong social and cultural pressures, and lack of available services in rural jurisdictions. This program provides grants for projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural jurisdictions. The award ceiling is $750,000 and applications are due February 23. More

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Small City Resource Manual,
Chapter 3: Successful city councils

The Small City Resource Manual was developed to make life a little easier around city hall for cities of fewer than 5,000 people, but the contents apply to cities of all sizes. Elected officials or new staff should read Chapter 3: Successful City Councils for an overview of parliamentary procedure, types of council meetings, ordinances and resolutions, and other topics they’ll want to understand. We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months; in the meantime, check out the manual in its entirety here.

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Cities ask State Legislature to preserve a strong partnership and support local priorities
As pressure builds for the Legislature to comprehensively tackle K-12 school funding, they will scour every line item in the budget and that could mean programs and revenues cities have relied on for decades are at risk. AWC issued this media release about cities’ legislative priorities and the need for a strong city-state partnership. More

The legislative session is finally here!

Watch this short video of AWC Vice President Pat Johnson to learn four things you can do to make sure the session is successful for cities and towns.

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Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training
March 7 | Kennewick
March 8 | Cheney
March 9 | Ellensburg

The U.S. Department of Transportation mandates all supervisors of CDL employees, transit or gas utility workers, or any employee who might consult on a reasonable suspicion determination receive one hour of training in drug awareness and one hour of training in alcohol abuse. AWC Drug & Alcohol Consortium is pleased to offer federally mandated drug awareness and alcohol abuse training. Free for D&A Consortium members, low cost for others. Register here.

City Action Days CML bug
February 15-16 | Olympia
Come together with other city officials and address legislators with a single, unified voice. Engage in the state’s policy and budget development process, understand how the legislative process works, learn about AWC’s priorities, and hear from legislative leaders. This is one conference city and town officials can't afford to miss. Register now!

AWC trainings & events

Mayors Exchange CML bug

January 18


City Action Days CML bug

February 15-16


Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

March 7,8,9

Cheney, Ellensburg

Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23


Other trainings

The Art of Participatory Leadership

February 2-4


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