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July 12, 2017

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Capital budget stalemate intensifies
Legislators are trying to find consensus on two water rights fights that are holding up the capital budget. The Legislature has until July 20 to finish up. Otherwise, the state faces the very real risk of not passing a capital budget. Find messages to share with legislators on this issue. More

New broadband infrastructure is coming. Is your city ready?
July 26 | Webinar
Catch this webinar to prepare for the rollout of new broadband infrastructure. The broadband industry will invest billions of dollars in the coming years to meet the growing demand for faster internet. Find out about the permitting process, adopting new codes, educating city officials and staff, and legislative information. More

Plus, check out this popular article we ran last week on the proliferation of small cell technology.

Strong Cities, Great State logoPast as presence: HistoryLink helps keep cities’ stories alive
This Cityvision magazine article explores Washington’s online historical encyclopedia filled with stories about its people, places, institutions, and events. is free and full of information on cities and towns, made easy-to-find and searchable. Read this article to see a city history timeline snapshot, and learn how a city can help capture its own history. More

Commerce seeks input on HUD funds
The Washington State Department of Commerce is seeking input on 2017 funding allocation for the following U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). Comment via public hearing or in writing by July 19. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoLegislature passes new statewide Paid Family & Medical Leave program
The Paid Family & Medical Leave bill passed in the final hours of the budget deals. Find out how it works and what provisions are included in the new program. More

Long-standing AWC priority marketplace fairness act passes as part of budget revenue package
The state marketplace fairness bill passed during budget negotiations. Learn what's included. More

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National Park Service historic preservation grants
Grants support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. Applications due July 31. More

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Municipal Excellence Award winner highlight

The City of Bremerton recently won AWC’s Municipal Excellence Award in the public works category for their Lillian and James Walker Park Project. Check out this video to hear how the city worked with state and federal partners to blend parks with public works stormwater improvement and see beautiful shots of the park’s aesthetically-pleasing low-impact development. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoNew public records laws and what you need to know
July 17 | Webinar
The webinar on how new public records laws will affect cities is sold out. If you were unable to sign up before the event filled up, please note that a recording of the webinar will be available to view after the event takes place. Conducted in partnership with MRSC and WSAC, the webinar will cover what city staff need to know in order to comply with the new law. More

AWC trainings & events

New public records laws and what you need to know Sold Out

July 17


New broadband infrastructure is coming. Is your city ready?

July 26


Retro Safety Academy

September dates

Bainbridge Island

Other trainings

Fundamentals of the PRA

July 19


Social media, texting, and the PRA

July 19


Public Transportation Conference

August 5-9


NW Economic Development course

August 21-24


Fundamentals of the Public Records Act (PRA)
July 19 | Lynnwood
This three-hour training covers all of the basics for new PROs including requestor correspondence, requirements and deadlines, tips on talking to your attorney, and organizing your files. Attendees will also leave with sample materials to adapt to their own agency. More

Social Media, Texting, and the PRA
July 19 | Lynnwood
This one-hour class for PROs, technology staff, or agency policymakers provides an overview of the complexities social media technologies bring to PRA compliance. More

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