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September 27, 2017

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L&I announced proposed workers’ comp rates for 2018
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced a 2.5% average decrease to the rates employers pay for workers' comp insurance. As opposed to previous years, the average rate change across workers’ comp rates statewide is more closely aligned with the changes to the rates cities will pay in 2018. See the rates for firefighters, law enforcement, and public works/parks. More

Strong Cities, Great State logoSave the date for AWC’s Elected Officials Essentials Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
December 2 | 12 locations
Every two years following municipal elections, AWC hosts our popular Elected Officials Essentials to train newly-elected officials, as well as those already in office. Learn basic legal obligations and liabilities, understand statutory roles and responsibilities, and explore what makes the work at city hall meaningful. City and town clerks recently received flyers to distribute to current officials and those running for office. Save the date! Registration opens mid-October. More

Get ready for The Great ShakeOut!
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Cities throughout Washington are participating in the Great Washington ShakeOut drill this October 19 at 10:19 am. You probably know that if you are inside at that moment, you should drop, cover, and hold on. But, do you know what to do when an earthquake hits while you’re driving? What about when you’re outside for a walk? See the above shakeout flyer to learn. More

Legislative priorities outcomes sheetJoin NLC leadership
Represent your city or town, contribute your voice nationally, and add an impressive line to your resume! You can help shape the direction of the National League of Cities (NLC) and federal policy. Apply to serve on the NLC Board of Directors, any of the four NLC constituency groups, any of the seven NLC federal advocacy committees, or any of the seven NLC member councils. Application deadlines are October 13 and December 1. More

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Last chance: AGO proposes changes to the Public Records Model Rules
The AGO has proposed updated language to the Public Records Act Model Rules. The proposal is intended to update the rules to reflect developments in statutes, case law, and technology since the rules were last revised in 2007. For example, the proposed language addresses the use of personal devices with respect to public records. Written responses to this version of the proposal are due September 29. More

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AWC GIS Consortium

The City of Sammamish noticed that their residents were very curious about development taking place around Sammamish, but were unable to easily read the signage or find more information online. Take a look at their solution, the Development Activity Map. This online map is just one example of the great work cities are doing through the AWC GIS Consortium. Other members are developing GIS strategic plans, configuring Arc Server, getting comp plan assistance, and more. Visit to learn how GIS can help your city.

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Strong Cities, Great State logoUpcoming Regional Meetings Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
October 2 | Poulsbo
October 4 | Centralia
October 11 | Richland
October 12 | Spokane

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. Register for these meetings or check out all ten locations throughout the state. More

AWC trainings & events

Retro WorkSafe Employer Award training

October 18


AWC Member Expo

October 18-19


AWC Regional Meetings Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Various dates

Various locations

Wellness Planning Forums

Various dates

Various locations

Elected Officials Essentials Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

December 2

12 streaming locations

Other trainings

Short Course on Local Planning Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Various dates

Various locations

MRSC’s Using data visualization to make better decisions

October 19


IACC Conference Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

October 24-26


MRSC’s Finance essentials

Oct. & Nov. dates

Spokane, DuPont, Mount Vernon, Yakima

Ecology water quality webinar
October 18 | Webinar
The Washington State Department of Ecology is hosting a webinar to communicate where they will start new TMDL (total maximum daily load) work and to take public comments. TMDLs are water improvement plans that set goals to get impaired waters to meet state and federal water quality standards. More

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