Legislative Advocacy

March 1, 2017

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Activity in our cities and towns drives the state’s economy
Cities generate nearly 90% of the retail sales dollars collected in our state, yielding $7.5 billion annually in sales tax for the state general fund. Check out where our state's businesses are located and how much retail sales tax revenue is generated in your city using our dashboard. 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 2017 AWC Nominating Committee is calling for applications for the AWC Board of Directors. Learn how to apply and see the list of incumbents who have notified the Nominating Committee of their intent to apply. Deadline is March 24. More

Help a young person get a scholarship – application deadline is March 10
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 CQC by March 10. More

New report from NLC explores city rights in an era of preemption
The National League of Cities released a new report that examines the prevalence of state preemption across the country in seven key policy areas including minimum wage, paid leave, anti-discrimination, home sharing, ride sharing, municipal broadband, and tax and expenditure limitations. More

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Contact your Senators on lodging tax bill limiting city authority
Tell your Senators immediately to oppose SB 5827, which would further limit local authority to designate the use of lodging tax revenues for community events, tourism marketing, and tourism facilities. Give them an example of a special event or festival in your community that would be negatively impacted by this change. More

Participate in town hall meetings near you
Across Washington, legislators will be holding public town hall meetings to engage their community and hear local ideas and concerns on the ground. These events are a great opportunity for you to connect with your legislators and listen to the input of your shared constituents. Check our list to see if your legislator is holding a town hall meeting. More

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Homelessness & affordable housing toolkit for cities
In case you missed it, check out this toolkit from AWC and MRSC that illustrates the different ways Washington cities are responding to the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. The toolkit provides 18 real-world examples including housing levies, tenant protections, tax exemptions, regional coalitions, and emergency rental assistance. More

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Labor Relations Institute
May 3-5 | Yakima
Due to overwhelming interest in longer and more comprehensive sessions, we are offering four Early Start workshops on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 3. These optional sessions are included in the cost of registration and do not require a separate registration – just show up, first come, first served. Attendance at LRI is limited to those who solely represent the interests of management. More

AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

March - September dates

Marysville, Kennewick, Lacey, Bainbridge Island

Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training

March 7,8,9, April 19, 20

Cheney, Ellensburg, Tenino, Bothell

Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23


Labor Relations Certificate of Municipal Leadership programInstitute

May 3-5


Other trainings

NLC Congressional City Conference

March 11-15

Washington, D.C.

CDBG Application Workshop

March 15 & 21

Olympia, Moses Lake

Washington bike summit
March 20-21 | Olympia
Cascade Bicycle Club hosts this annual two-day conference for transportation professionals, community leaders and advocates throughout Washington state every March. More

Cultural intelligence in government
March 31 | Seattle
Attend this training to understand the source of cultural differences, become aware of your contribution to work cultures, and share power among different cultures. More

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