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January 31, 2018

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CAD speakersCheck out City Action Days photos on Flickr!
Nearly 400 city officials and close partners descended on Olympia last week to tell legislators what strong cities need. The photos are in! Check out you and your colleagues learning, advocating, and connecting at City Action Days. More

Apply for a position on the AWC Board of Directors
Are you passionate about strong cities? Are you interested in supporting AWC's mission to provide advocacy, education and services for Washington's 281 cities and towns? The 2018 AWC Nominating Committee is calling for applications for the AWC Board of Directors. Learn how to apply. Deadline is March 23. More

You can help a young person in your community get a scholarship
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The AWC Center for Quality Communities will award six outstanding high school seniors a $1,200 scholarship to pursue a post-secondary degree in fall 2018. 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 9. More

Legislative priorities outcomes sheetRegister for NLC’s Congressional City Conference
March 11-14 | Washington, D.C.
Join representatives from AWC and thousands of local leaders from across the country at NLC’s annual advocacy conference where you will advocate for municipal priorities, foster partnerships with federal agencies, and expand your mind and network. The early bird rate ends today. More

Identify excellent infrastructure innovation in your community
The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure is developing a Virtual Tour of Washington’s 21st Century Infrastructure projects, a web-based GIS map of shining local examples of infrastructure innovation in water, energy, transportation, and waste systems. They are looking for help identifying great projects in your part of the state. More

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Congratulations to all the new mayors and councilmembers. Welcome to the city family! Through trainings, resources, and publications, AWC is here to help you develop as a municipal leader. For your first 100 days, we’ll highlight some of your AWC Elected Officials Essentials here in CityVoice.

Legislative priorities outcomes sheetResources for all cities
The Small City Resource Manual was developed to make life a little easier around city hall, especially for cities of fewer than 5,000 people. Each chapter tackles a different topic and includes relevant resources you may also find helpful. 

Dive in and explore the resources section of the Small City Resource Manual. The Index of Resources is an overview of publications, legal references, and training opportunities you should know about. Appendix A lists key state and federal agency resources; and Appendix B is a compilation of population, county, class and government types for all cities and towns.

We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months or you can review the manual in its entirety here.


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Resolution on capital budget and water issues has finally happened with significant benefit to cities
AWC has been working on this relentlessly for many months and the positive outcomes would not have happened without your help. More

Understand the life of a bill and cutoff dates

Cutoff for policy bills to move from committee in the house of origin is Friday, February 2. Cutoff for fiscal bills follows on Tuesday, February 6. Watch this video to understand the steps required for a bill to become law, and how cutoff dates affect the life of a bill.

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Legislative priorities outcomes sheetRegister for Healthy Worksite Summit
March 21-22 | Lynnwood
Get inspired by thought-provoking keynote speakers. New-to-wellness or seasoned-veteran participants will get practical tips and resources to provide a successful health promotion program. Especially beneficial for those wanting to earn the WellCity Award! Register now!

AWC trainings & events

Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 21


Drug-Free Workplace Act training

January 30 & February 8

Arlington & East Wenatchee

Healthy Worksite Summit

March 21-22


Other trainings

Short course on local planning Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

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Are you thinking about a levy lid lift? Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 7


Urban Green Infrastructure Summit

February 21-22

Tigard, OR

Building a priority-based budget Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 28


2018 Tools for funding infrastructure projects Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

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Budget development and leadership skills to lead your entity 
March 20 | Federal Way
This four-in-one daylong workshop from the Washington Finance Officers Association (WFOA) will cover crucial finance topics for cities including building a better budget document, best practices in budgeting and fiscal policy, budgeting for results and outcomes, and leadership for finance officers. More

MRSC’s PRA essentials plus training
March 27 | Spokane
March 28 | Pasco
April 3 | Marysville
Do you and your agency staff need help to stay in compliance with the increasingly demanding world of public records request and records retention? Then MRSC’s Public Records Act (PRA) essentials plus workshop is for you.

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CERB funding opportunities
With the passage of the capital budget, the Department of Commerce Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) is accepting applications for economic development funds. Applications are accepted through March 12. More

DHS FEMA assistance to firefighters fire prevention & safety grant program
Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Assistance (DHS FEMA) announced a $1.5 million grant program to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters. Grant funds are aimed at mitigating fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development. Application deadline is March 16. More

Request for applications to host AmeriCorps members
Washington Service Corps members address unmet needs in your community. They serve 10.5 month terms of service in schools, government and in public or private nonprofit organizations. Examples of their service include academic tutoring, housing and job placement services, nutrition and health education, disaster preparedness, environmental protection, and veteran volunteerism. Deadline is May 31. More

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