Legislative Advocacy

December 7, 2016

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City Action Days
registration open!

Held annually during the legislative session, City Action Days is AWC’s two-day legislative conference that brings city and town officials to Olympia to learn about our priorities and push important issues forward. The 2017 legislative session is expected to be lengthy and difficult. This is one conference city and town officials can’t afford to miss. Join us at the Red Lion, February 15-16. More

Public Records Act eLearning
AWC and MRSC partnered to produce a 45-minute e-learning training on the Public Records Act. The material is customized for mayors and councilmembers, helps meet your Open Government Trainings Act training requirement, and earns one AWC CML credit. The fast-paced content covers everything from what is a public record and records retention (including strategies for managing electronic records like emails and text messages) to penalties and best practices. More

Call for proposals – AWC Annual Conference and Labor Relations Institute
Share the gift of knowledge this holiday season and submit your inspired or innovative topic idea for AWC’s Annual Conference and Labor Relations Institute, educating hundreds of local elected officials, city department directors, staff, and decision makers. We are currently accepting proposals. The next collection date is anticipated to be January 1, 2017. More

Affordable Care Act – Deadline extended for IRS 1095 C and 1095-B
The IRS issued Notice 2016-70, extending the deadline for providing 1095-C and 1095-B forms to employees to March 2, 2017. The IRS will also apply the "good faith effort" standard to this year's reporting. They did not extend the IRS filing deadline, which remains February 28, or March 31 if e-filing. More

AWC Employee Benefit Trust member employers can reference last week’s For Your Health newsletter for information on how the Trust assists with ACA reporting.

New MRSC Insight blog post – Voters decide on levies, bonds, and a city income tax (!)
This MRSC Insight blog post highlights local taxation and revenue measures that went to voters during the November election. More

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Over the past year, our research team created a number of interactive data visualizations that demonstrate how different issues relate to Washington cities. Take a look at 5 of our favorite maps, charts, or dashboards from the past year.

  1. Are people shopping in your city?
  2. Cost of the Public Records Act
  3. Toxic chemical releases
  4. Your city snapshot
  5. Homelessness in our communities

Find descriptions and links to each data set here.

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City Champions share tips on how to advocate
During the 2016 City Action Days, four legislators awarded with AWC’s City Champion Award gave advice on how you can best advocate for your city. Watch this short video for pointers.

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The Art of Participatory Leadership training
February 2-4 | Tacoma
The times we are living in call for more effective meetings, better engagement processes, participatory leadership, and the ability to craft strategy from collective wisdom and impact. This training helps you build stronger teams and partnerships, enhances your skills and abilities to work with complexity and change, expands your toolkit for facilitating dialog and change, and applies what you are learning directly to the change projects that are important to you. More

Healthy Worksite Summit registration open!
March 22-23 | Lynnwood
Discover health solutions that work! Get inspired by health promotion thought-leaders, attend workshops featuring hot-topics for newcomers and seasoned wellness professionals, network with other health promotion professionals, and explore the exhibitor showcase to learn about the latest resources to enhance employee health. More

AWC trainings & events

Mayors Exchange Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

January 18, 2017


City Action Days Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

February 15-16, 2017


Healthy Worksite Summit

March 22-23, 2017


Other trainings

MRSC's land use case law update

December 15


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The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is now inviting project proposals for watershed restoration funding for drinking water providers and watershed restoration practitioners in Oregon and Washington. The Partnership is a collaboration between Geos Institute, USDA Forest Service, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and WildEarth Guardians. Applications are due January 17, 2017. More

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