2018 issue area fact sheet
As you prepare for the 2018 legislative session, familiarize yourself with AWC’s legislative priorities and other issues of interest to cities. See this fact sheet for projected city distributions absent any cuts to shared revenues appropriated in the state’s FY 2017-19 operating budget.
IACC 2017 public infrastructure award winners announced
The Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC) announced this year’s winners for outstanding achievement in public infrastructure at the IACC annual conference. Winners in the eight award categories include the Joe Mitschelen Lifetime Achievement Award, community facilities, community impact, drinking water, solid/wastewater, transportation, and creative solutions. Find out who won! More
Emergency response planning
Emergency preparedness is vital for all local governments. Get some tips from AWC’s Member Expo keynote, Jason Russell on emergency preparedness. “Preparation isn’t comfortable, but it is comforting.” More
Check out AWC's CPI data
The consumer price index (CPI) is the most widely used measure of consumer price inflation. The CPI measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for goods and services. Policymakers monitor CPI to gauge the impact of inflation on the spending power of their residents, and some use CPI data to help set employee salaries. As a service to our members, AWC maintains a multi-year table of CPI data. More
Ten steps to take for a successful legislative session
The 2018 legislative session is only months away. Take advantage of the interim and engage your legislators on important city issues now. Here’s a tip to get you started:
#1 Develop your city’s legislative agenda and share it with the public, media, and legislators. Developing a legislative agenda before session is a simple and effective way to get your legislators' attention. Find examples of cities' legislative agendas from past years on our website, and send your 2018 priorities to Regina Adams, Government Relations Coordinator. More
Want more ideas? See this handy top ten list. Better yet, print it and refer to it often. Can you complete all ten actions? Doing so could win you a 2018 AWC Advocacy All-Star award!
What’s the difference – city or town?
While all cities and towns possess the authority to perform basic general government functions, there are distinct differences between them. Refresh your understanding of city classifications with this month’s installment of the Small City Resource Manual, Chapter 1: Overview of a city. The Small City Resource Manual was developed to make life a little easier around city hall, especially for cities of fewer than 5,000 people. Each chapter tackles a different topic and includes relevant resources you may also find helpful. We’ll feature other chapters in the coming months or you can review the manual in its entirety here.
Upcoming Regional Meetings
November 1 | Edmonds
November 2 | Burlington
November 8 | Federal Way
Don't miss these upcoming opportunities to hear the latest about AWC's legislative priorities, share important issues in your region, and get early predictions of what's in store for cities in 2018. More
Washington paid sick leave
November 8 | Webinar
Is your organization's paid sick leave program compliant with Washington's new paid sick leave statute, which takes effect January 1, 2018? Learn key requirements of the new paid sick leave law, review a checklist for compliance, and understand practical considerations and options for modifying existing sick leave policies to conform to the new legal requirements. More
DHHS Street Outreach Program grant
March 11 deadline | $200,000 award ceiling
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Administration for Children & Families announced the street outreach program grant to increase young people’s personal safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. These services are provided in areas where street youth congregate to assist youth in making healthy choices. More