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July 26, 2017

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Strong Cities, Great State logoThe AWC Salary Survey is here!
The 2017 AWC City and County Salary and Benefits Survey is now available. This popular AWC service provides city and county officials with comparable data to help them determine equitable wages and benefits for their `staff. This year, 36 of 39 counties and 250 of the state's 281 cities and towns provided data for the survey – a combined 90% participation rate. This online tool is available only to those who represent management. Unions, individual employees, or non-members can buy a copy of the printed version for $200. More

Get involved! Two gubernatorial committee recruitments open
The Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee and the State Council on Aging each have openings. Find out more about each position, and learn how to submit an application to AWC. Recruitments close on September 1. More

Nominate a city for a Governor’s Employer Award
Public employers can gain award recognition for their efforts to recruit, hire and promote individuals with disabilities. City employers considered for these awards must pay workers with disabilities Washington State minimum wage or higher, and provide employee benefits as other similarly situated employees. Deadline is August 31. More

The municipal budgeting season is near—AWC has the tools you need
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Mike Bailey of the City of Redmond explains the basics of municipal budgeting in this video series. Learn about budgeting from elected official and staff perspectives, how budgets can help a community reach its goals, and how they can be used as tools for community accountability. More

New distracted driving law now in effect
As of July 23, a new law states that a person operating a vehicle while using a cell phone or other electronic device is guilty of a traffic infraction. However, drivers may still use hands-free devices for calls and text messages. Learn the definition of “using a device,” the monetary penalty for offending, and who is exempt. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoLegislature leaves town without adopting a capital budget or addressing water issues
The two remaining issues of the 2017 legislative session are unresolved at end of the third special session. Find out what happened and ask your legislators to keep working, to keep an open mind, and to find a way to get to a mutually-acceptable agreement. More

From the Director: Session ends without capital budget, what’s next?
With session over, AWC is disappointed that the Legislature failed to approve critical funding for numerous infrastructure programs and projects cities rely on, including the possibility that the Legislature would have appropriated funds for a Public Works Trust Fund loan list for the first time in four years. More

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Municipal Excellence Award winner highlight
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The City of Port Townsend recently won AWC's Municipal Excellence Award in the community culture and art category for their project, Makers Square at Fort Worden. Port Townsend received the award recognizing their innovative work, the extensive partnerships they drew from, and the project's long-term benefits to the city, region, and state. Watch this video to see what Makers Square is and how they brought Fort Worden back to life. More

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AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

September dates

Bainbridge Island

Other trainings

Public Transportation Conference

August 5-9


Understanding property tax in Washington State

August 16


NW Economic Development course

August 21-24


Water quality financial assistance workshops
August 16 | Spokane
August 17 | Ellensburg
August 23 | Lacey
August 24 | Lynnwood

The Washington State Department of Ecology is holding workshops about the state’s combined water quality grant and loan funding cycle and to review the FY2019 application process for the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund Loan Program, the Centennial Clean Water Grant Program, the Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program, and the Stormwater Financial Assistance Grant Program. More

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