Legislative Advocacy

January 18, 2017

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Use your new Strong Cities Pocket Guide
We all must work together to help legislators and the Governor recognize and embrace that the state's success and cities’ and towns' success are linked. Our updated pocket guide brings you tips and tools on how best to communicate with legislators, media, and your constituents throughout the legislative session. Access the pocket guide online or contact Regina Adams to have them mailed to your city.

2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Do you know an outstanding volunteer who helps make your community and our state a better place to live? If so, get them the recognition they deserve. The Governor’s Volunteer Service awards will honor some of Washington’s most dedicated individuals and groups for their commitment to volunteerism as the foundation for caring communities and a thriving Washington. Winners will be recognized at an award ceremony at the Executive Mansion and at the Seattle Mariners’ Salute to Volunteers Night on April 11. More

Get involved – deadlines approaching
AWC is recruiting interested applicants for the AWC Nominating Committee and the Governor’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission.

  • The Nominating 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. Local elected officials interested in serving on the committee should email Michelle Catlin or Luann Hopkins by January 20.
  • The Governor’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission promotes accountability and equity through evaluating state sentencing policy for both the adult criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system. Applications are due January 25.

Click here for more information about these opportunities and how to apply.

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Community Connect grant program
The Community Connect Grant Program provides financial assistance to deliver Broadband Grant Speed service in rural, economically-challenged communities, with the goal of ensuring rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of broadband services as are available in urban and suburban communities. Deadline for applications is March 13. More

EPA program offering loans for water infrastructure projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the availability of approximately $1 billion in assistance for creditworthy water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. WIFIA authorizes EPA to provide long-term, low-cost rate loans, at U.S. Treasury rates, for up to 49 percent of eligible project costs for projects that will cost at least $20 million for large communities and $5 million for small communities (population of 25,000 or less). Information about this program are available here.

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Use your bully pulpit to communicate what your city needs
Throughout the legislative session, it is important you share your city story. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson had the opportunity to do this when testifying about homelessness before the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee on January 10. Watch the mayor’s testimony on TVW and consider how you might share your insight on why cities and the state must maintain a strong partnership. Click here to watch.

Lobby lessons - Cityvision
How you engage with your legislators about state legislative issues, especially on a routine basis, needs to follow guidelines established by the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Read more about how to apply the guidelines to your lobbying efforts in the latest issue of Cityvision. More

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Governor confirmed to speak at City Action Days CML bug
February 15-16 | Olympia
Governor Jay Inslee is confirmed to speak at the City Action Days opening luncheon! In addition to the Governor, conference attendees will hear from legislators from both the Senate and House, and both sides of the aisle, about city priority issues. This is one conference city and town officials can't afford to miss. Register now!

AWC trainings & events

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


Start with Privacy

February 3


Tools for Funding Future Infrastructure Projects training

February 7, 9

Mount Vernon, Aberdeen

Start with Privacy
February 3 | Seattle
The Washington State Privacy & Data Protection Office, UW Tech Policy Lab will tackle privacy, security and technology challenges for 2017 at a one-day conference in Seattle on February 3. More

Tools for Funding Future Infrastructure Projects training
February 7 | Mount Vernon
February 9 | Aberdeen

Staff from the Departments of Health, Ecology and Commerce, USDA Rural Development, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Community Development Block Grant, Transportation Improvement Board and others will be available to explore your community's infrastructure needs. Training will include a funding panel overview, rate setting, project planning and cost effectiveness, and asset management. The same training will be offered in each location. Online registration, schedules for each day, and information on CEU/CML available here

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