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July 5, 2017

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Top 8 takeaways from Chaos to Communications
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During AWC’s Annual Conference in Vancouver, Pullman Mayor and WSU Professor Emeritus, Glenn Johnson, treated his fellow conference attendees to an informative and entertaining session on dos and don’ts when working with the news media. Read these top 8 takeaways. You don’t want to miss tip #8. More

Down to the wireless: Preparing for small cell communications deployments
Washington cities are historically stewards of the public right-of-way with broad authority to regulate it. In recent years, the proliferation of personal wireless devices and data usage have increased the need for small cell technologies to enhance coverage. This Legal Affairs article from the most recent edition of Cityvision explores what cities need to know about use of the public right-of-way for 4G and future 5G expansion. More

Do you shop on Amazon? Give to CQC using AmazonSmile
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You can now donate to the CQC just by shopping on Amazon! Visit and choose your charity by searching and selecting “AWC Center for Quality Communities.” Then shop within AmazonSmile and half a percent of eligible purchases will automatically be donated to CQC— Easy as that!

Nominate a community for an IACC Award
Are you proud of your city's accomplishments in community facilities, sustainability, solid/wastewater treatment, or transportation projects? IACC is accepting nominations for outstanding achievement in public works projects. Nominations are due September 8. Awards will be presented at the IACC Conference in Wenatchee on October 25. More

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Municipal Excellence Award winner highlight

The City of Vancouver recently won AWC’s Municipal Excellence Award in the economic development category for their Business Assistance Program. Watch this video to learn how the city designed their project to benefit small businesses and Vancouver residents. The video highlights not only the winners, but also the businesses that were beneficiaries of the program. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoCities fare well in adopted 2017-19 state operating budget
On the final day of the state's fiscal year, and 175 days after coming to Olympia in January, legislators adopted an operating budget, avoiding a state government shutdown. For cities, the summary information shows that legislators heard the messages from city officials that maintaining the historic partnership with cities makes a stronger state. See what’s included, how it impacts cities, and our detailed budget chart. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoRetro Safety Academy
September 12, 13, 27, 28 | Bainbridge Island
Are you responsible for your jurisdiction's safety program? Have you experienced an increase in on-the-job injuries? Interested in learning more ways to keep your workplace safe? If so, AWC's Retro Program can help you navigate workplace safety issues. More

AWC trainings & events

Municipal budgeting & fiscal management workshopCertificate of Municipal Leadership program

July 13-14


New public records laws and what you need to know

July 17


Retro Safety Academy

September dates

Bainbridge Island

Other trainings

U.S. Supreme Court review

July 13


MRSC public works webinar

July 13


Public Transportation Conference

August 5-9


NW Economic Development course

August 21-24


Planning Association of Washington (PAW) Convention
October 26-27 | Spokane
PAW’s two-day event will feature Gilbert v. Reed and affordable housing as the primary topics this year. Register early to receive 50% off your PAW membership. More

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U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Assistance Program
This Commerce Economic Development grant is designed to assist communities that have been impacted by coal mining or coal power plant employment loss, or employment loss in the supply chain of either. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. More

WSDOT commute trip reduction (CTR) grant program
The Washington State Department of Transportation’s CTR program focuses on peak commute hours in the most congested areas of the state. This pilot grant program is intended to increase the use of buses, walking, trains, bicycles, vanpools, carpools, and telework beyond peak commute hours, at worksites with fewer employees, and/or at places where people are traveling for reasons other than their commute. Applications are due August 15. More

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