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Association of Washington Cities honors Sen. Reuven Carlyle with City Champion Award

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OLYMPIA, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, honored Senator Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) with a City Champion Award.

Carlyle was recognized on December 15 at Seattle City Hall. He is one of eight legislators recognized for championing city issues during the 2017 legislative session. Specifically, Carlyle is recognized for his leadership in advocating for the expansion of broadband to our state’s rural communities, and advocating for local control and responsible use of the public right-of-way when siting and regulating telecommunication facilities.

“AWC is proud to recognize Senator Carlyle as a city champion,” said AWC Board Member and Seattle Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. “We appreciate his efforts on behalf of all Washington cities, large and small. Senator Carlyle is our hero for his efforts last year when he successfully led a bipartisan effort to halt legislation that would have preempted Washington cities’ authority to manage their public rights-of-way. Senator Carlyle has a deep understanding of new technology and telecommunications, and works effectively with AWC to address community concerns.”

“Cities are the stewards of public rights-of-way,” said AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter King. “Cities across the state are ready and willing to work with telecommunications companies to expand broadband access in a way that protects public assets and taxpayers in Washington.”

“Our great cities and towns continue to show the way forward by testing and implementing successful policies that meet the needs of their communities directly,” said Carlyle. “I will continue to fight at the state level to ensure local governments will remain uninhibited in their capacity and potential to impact the lives of Washingtonians in every corner of our state.”

“It’s an honor to give this award to Senator Carlyle for his work in the legislature to help make sure that cities maintain local control,” said King. “His pursuit of this effort is very much appreciated, and we look forward to working with the Senator on this issue in the future.”

City Champion Awards are a component of AWC’s Strong Cities, Great State campaign that brings cities and towns together to achieve greater results and deliver stronger services. This is the fourth year the City Champion Awards have been presented to select legislators.

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. Membership is voluntary. However, AWC consistently maintains 100 percent participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns. AWC also provides training, data and publications, and programs such as the AWC Employee Benefit Trust, AWC Risk Management Service Agency, AWC Workers’ Comp Retro, AWC Drug and Alcohol Consortium, and AWC GIS Consortium.

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