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Association of Washington Cities honors Sound Cities Association with Advocacy All-Star Award

Olympia, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, honored the Sound Cities Association (SCA) with an Advocacy All-Star Award. The SCA is a regional organization of 27 cities in King County that work together to advocate for member cities and create solutions to shared regional issues.

AWC presented the award to the Sound Cities Association on Wednesday night in Renton at an SCA dinner. SCA is recognized for their proactive efforts to promote and work to solve a range of city issues at the state, federal, and regional levels.

SCA President Mayor Nancy Backus accepted the award on behalf of the association and said, “Cities are stronger together, and we only continue to work harder and become stronger. Thank you for this award.”

The AWC Advocacy All-Star Award was established in 2015 to acknowledge city elected officials and groups that publicly advocate for cities and towns in Washington state. Those receiving the award conducted advocacy efforts before and during the recently completed 2016 legislative session.

Efforts by the Sound Cities Association included trips to Olympia to testify at the Legislature, forming or joining coalitions to help mobilize a city cause, contacting local media, and spearheading campaigns to educate area legislators and the public about the importance of a strong city-state partnership.

“We are thankful to Sound Cities Association city officials for going the extra mile,” said AWC Government Relations Director Dave Williams. “They work together with one voice, and legislators take notice.”

“The Advocacy All-Star Awards recognize and celebrate the actions of city officials across the state who are advocating for all 281 cities,” stated Peter B. King, AWC CEO. “Their collective voice is telling the Legislature that if we work together, the state will thrive.”

The Association of Washington Cities serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch and with regulatory agencies. AWC also provides training, data and resources, and programs such as Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Compensation Retrospective Rating Program, and Drug & Alcohol Consortium.

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