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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

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Feb

2018

Building business ecosystems bill likely dead

SB 6499, Sen. Sharon Brown’s (R-Kennewick) Building business ecosystems bill, appears to be dead.

2

Feb

2018

Bill seeking to incentivize commercial office space development on the move

HB 2981, Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma), saw swift action on February 1 in the House Local Government Committee when it received both a public hearing and was voted out of committee.

29

Jan

2018

Bill would allow for sewer extensions in rural areas for economic development

SB 6516 specifies that cities may extend storm and sanitary sewer systems in rural areas for allowed uses or in those limited circumstances, to protect basic public health and safety, protect the environment, or encourage economic development by designing and sizing the sewer line so that it may serve only particular structures and not intervening lands.

29

Jan

2018

City officials express their support for local infrastructure financing bill

Sen. Sharon Brown’s (R-Kennewick) Building Business Ecosystems (BBE) Act, SB 6499, received a public hearing on Thursday, January 25 where city officials, port representatives and labor representatives were on hand to provide supportive testimony.

20

Jan

2018

Bill would align LIFT program with LRF

SB 6177, Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), would allow local governments that have been awarded Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT) funds to carry the funds forward for use in later years.

20

Jan

2018

Cities support revived tourism bill

SB 5251, Sen. Dean Takko (D-Kelso), has been reintroduced after failing to pass in 2017.

12

Jan

2018

Bill would increase, but limit access to Main Street Program

HB 2462, Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic), would expand, but also limit, eligibility of the state’s Main Street Program.

15

Dec

2017

AWC works to develop its economic development priority

In their September 29 board meeting, the AWC Board of Directors added economic development to their list of 2018 legislative priorities.

13

Nov

2017

City leaders present at rural jobs summit

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) held a rural jobs summit in Moses Lake to discuss the rural economy.

14

Aug

2017

Some positive steps forward on the economic development front

Cities made small but significant economic development gains in 2017.

7

Jul

2017

Tourism marketing effort revived in final hours of budget negotiations

The tourism marketing bill 2SSB 5251, sponsored by Senator Dean Takko (D-Longview), regained momentum as legislators raced to pass an operating budget before July 1.

21

Apr

2017

Bill authorizing cities to designate creative districts headed for Governor’s desk

Local governments with limited access to economic development resources would be allowed to designate a portion of their territory as a “creative district” through a bill that has passed the Legislature and is on its way to Governor Inslee’s desk for signature.

14

Apr

2017

Bill increasing airport grants headed for Governor’s desk

HB 1018, sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake), increases the allowable grant amount from $250,000 to $750,000 that the Department of Transportation may provide for general aviation projects through the Airport Aid Grant Program.

31

Mar

2017

Bill authorizes local governments to establish creative districts

HB 1183 would grant the Washington State Arts Commission the authority to certify creative districts designated by local governments or tribes as areas that promote “cultural facilities, creative industries, or arts-related business.”

10

Feb

2017

Bill would give expanded authority to Parking and Business Improvement Areas

HB 1823 grants new authorities to the parking and business improvement area program (PBIA).
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