Legislative Advocacy

January 25, 2017

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AWC GIS Consortium welcomes new members
Welcome to the cities of Arlington, Colville, Tumwater, and Winthrop! The AWC GIS Consortium gives cities access to GIS expertise at the lowest possible rates. If you’re looking for help implementing, expanding or maintaining your city’s GIS, the GIS Consortium can help. Take a look at our website and scroll to the member map to see all of the cities taking advantage of our services.

Mayors Exchange photos on Flickr
Last week, nearly 90 mayors, managers and administrators gathered in the Capitol Building to discuss city legislative priorities and interact with legislators on important city issues. The day culminated with a visit from the Governor. Check out our photos on Flickr!

Executive Orders 101
Presidential executive orders have been in the news recently, including a number of issues that may be relevant to state and local governments, such as energy and climate change. Learn about presidential authority to issue an executive order, how they’ve been used in the past, and what checks and balances the Supreme Court provides. More

Acknowledge an outstanding student in your community!
AWC's Center for Quality Communities will award six outstanding high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a post-secondary degree in fall 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

How to Deliver an Effective State of the City Address
Your state of the city address has great potential to both inform your community and rally them to action. Success, of course, depends on the quality of your speech and its delivery. Check out the new guide developed by the National League of Cities (NLC). More

Local water supply forum honored for regional approach to resiliency and preparedness
Central Puget Sound Water Supply Forum was honored by Harvard University as one of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Bright Ideas. The Forum is comprised of Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Cascade Water Alliance, Pierce Water Cooperative, East King (County) Regional Water Association, Woodinville Water and Sewer District and the Snohomish County Public Utility District. The award commends the Forum’s work for its unprecedented voluntary regional approach to resiliency and preparedness and its plan for working together to keep the Puget Sound’s thriving region functioning following potential crises. Congratulations! More

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AWC priority bill to increase and stabilize homeless funding up for hearing
One of AWC’s priority bills (HB 1570) that increases and stabilizes homeless funding is up for a hearing on Thursday, January 26, at 1:30 in the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs. Review AWC’s data tool to see how these funds are invested in your community. Use this tool to share the importance of this funding with your House and Senate members.

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Invitation to 2017 Design and Resiliency Teams
The Design Resiliency – Technical Assistance (DART) program assembles multi-disciplinary teams of public and private sector experts to provide pro bono design and resiliency technical assistance to selected communities in the U.S. and Canada. While there is no direct cost, communities must demonstrate capacity and commitment. Four communities will be selected in 2017, and applications are due March 6. More

Call for projects for the Federal Local Bridge Program
WSDOT has approximately $60 million of FHWA funding for improvements of local agency bridges. The purpose of the Federal Local Bridge program is to improve the condition of local agency bridges while ensuring no more than 10% of the National Highway System (NHS) bridge deck area is on structurally deficient bridges. All public agencies that currently own a bridge that meets the funding criteria are eligible to apply. Applications are due April 3. More

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Modernizing the Public Records Act

Local governments work hard to comply with the Public Records Act (PRA), a key component of open, transparent government. We must protect the law and modernize it to keep up with changing technology. Find out what legislators need to know and how you can help. More

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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. The 2017 legislative session will be lengthy and difficult – this is one conference city and town officials can't afford to miss. Register now!

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. Register now!

Healthy Worksite Summit
March 22-23 | Lynnwood
Healthy Worksite Summit is dedicated to making workplaces healthy places. Employers come together to learn, share, and explore the latest resources and trends in workplace health promotion. Register by February 20 for a discounted rate. 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

Volkswagen Federal Settlement

February 2


The Art of Participatory Leadership

February 2-4


Successful Strategies for Hiring the Right Person

February 22


NLC Congressional City Conference

March 11-15

Washington D.C.

Volkswagen Federal Settlement
February 2 | Webinar
Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is hosting a webinar from 1- 1:45 pm to share information about the federal Volkswagen settlement, including guidelines on how to become a beneficiary and how the funds can be used. Washington is eligible to receive $112.7 million from the settlement. Register today

Successful Strategies for Hiring the Right Person
February 22 | Webinar
Marci Wright, HR Advisor to MRSC, will share her guidance on how local governments can build a successful recruiting and hiring program. The webinar will take place from 11 am to Noon and the cost is $35. Register here

Congressional City Conference - early bird registration extended!
March 11-15 | Washington D.C.
Be a part of NLC’s voice. Join city leaders from across the country to advocate together for the priorities of cities on Capitol Hill. With a new President and Congress, this year it is more important than ever to make your voice heard on behalf of your community. Early bird registration ends January 31! More

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