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August 9, 2017

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Register for Mayors Exchange

September 20 | Kennewick
Mayors have a unique role at city hall, and who understands your challenges better than other mayors? This event provides mayors and city executives the opportunity to meet each other, discuss concerns and glean best practices. Each Mayors Exchange highlights a different topic, allowing you to delve into important issues facing your community and the state. Register now!

Strong Cities, Great State logoReaching out: How mutual trust can lead to productive collaboration
This issue of Cityvision explores how cities work collaboratively with tribal neighbors from throughout the state. Sequim partners on water treatment, Omak recycles with tribes, Toppenish and the Yakama Nation balance recent public safety jurisdiction changes, Poulsbo and Lacey detail their long tribal relations history, and the Mayor of Ocean Shores shares what it takes for a city to be a good neighbor with a sovereign nation. 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

EPA launches the Water Finance Clearinghouse
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s web‐based portal helps communities make informed financing decisions for their drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs. It is updated in real-time, following a crowdsourcing model. More

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Municipal Excellence Award winner highlight

The City of SeaTac recently won AWC's Municipal Excellence Award in the Youth category for their partnership with Tyee Educational Complex. The partnership provides young people with opportunities to learn about their community, cultivate an understanding of local municipal activities, and build foundations for their career development. Watch this video to learn how the students engaged with city staff. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoSeeking nominations for AWC's legislative City Champion Award!
Did your legislator do great things not only for your city, but for all cities throughout the state? Did they sponsor or sign on to a bill that made cities stronger? Did they speak up publicly in support of city issues?

If your legislator did at least two of these things this past session, nominate them for AWC’s 2017 City Champion Award! Winners will be selected in late August and recognized with press releases and in-district presentations early this fall.

For the past three years, we’ve recognized and honored at least one legislator from each of the four caucuses for their work to support cities. See a list of past recipients here. Send your nominations with a short explanation of your reasoning to Dave Williams by August 18.

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Strong Cities, Great State logo2017 AWC Member Expo
October 18-19 | Chelan
Members of AWC's Member Pooling Programs learn to maximize the power of pooling. Educational sessions include updates on rates, trends, loss prevention, legal issues and more. Two dynamic keynotes encourage participants to overcome fear, prepare for emergencies, and explore ways to live mentally healthy. Free registration and free one-night hotel stay (October 18) are available exclusively for members of the AWC Employee Benefit Trust, AWC Risk Management Service Agency (RMSA), AWC Workers' Comp Retro, and AWC Drug & Alcohol Consortium. More

AWC trainings & events

Retro Safety Academy

September dates

Bainbridge Island

Mayors Exchange

September 20


Retro WorkSafe Employer Award training

October 18


AWC Member Expo

October 18-19


Wellness planning forums

Various dates

Various locations

Other trainings

Understanding property tax in Washington State

August 16


Open government trainings

August dates

Various locations

Water quality financial assistance workshops

August dates

Various locations

NW Economic Development course

August 21-24


Signs and speech two years after Reed

August 31


Open government trainings
August 11 | Tumwater
August 17 | Spokane
August 18 | Wenatchee

Washington State Archives and Office of the Attorney General present an overview of the rules and requirements of Records Retention and Management, Open Public Meetings, and the Public Records Act, including best practices, tips and strategies, and updates to recent court cases and legislation. This session fulfills the requirements of the Open Government Trainings Act, including ESHB 1594 changes. More

Signs and speech two years after Reed
August 31 | Webinar
The lower courts have had two years to apply the Supreme Court’s holding in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona that content-based regulations are subject to strict scrutiny. The State & Local Legal Center (SLLC) brings you this webinar to explore how local governments have been modifying their sign codes to come into compliance with Reed and how courts have interpreted the Reed decision in and out of the sign context. More

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