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October 18, 2017

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Census Bureau’s Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program
The Census Bureau’s LUCA program will help ensure accurate 2020 Census counts. More than any other census in history, the 2020 Census will rely on the census address list to reduce enumerations costs. Each household in Washington represents an average of $4,800 in annual federal per capita fund allotments. Local governments are encouraged to participate in LUCA to help the 2020 Census start with a complete address list. See if your jurisdiction is participating and find registration information. Deadline to register is December 15. More

Cityvision highlight: Pool Party
Check out this article from Cityvision that highlights how Battle Ground combines resources with others to fund large-scale stormwater projects. Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) is a collaborative, regional stormwater monitoring program that is funded by more than 90 Western Washington cities and counties, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, and the Washington State Department of Transportation. By working through SAM, Battle Ground can do regionally-relevant work and bigger and longer studies than could be accomplished through a single grant program. More

Guidelines for elected and appointed officials' participation in elections
It's important that both elected officials and city staff understand Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) guidelines before participating in election activities. This includes taking a position on a ballot measure or endorsing a candidate for political office. Check out these resources and common examples of activities city officials may or may not do. More

Want more information on election dos and don’ts? Check out MRSC’s blog on the issue. More

Strong Cities, Great State logoUpcoming Regional Meetings Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
October 24 | Vancouver
October 26 | Hoquiam
November 1 | Edmonds
November 2 | Burlington

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. More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoSo you want to be an elected official...
Election ballots for the November General Election are mailing soon. Check out this pamphlet. It provides general information about how to work as part of a team, what cities do, roles and responsibilities, and where to find more information.

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Strong Cities, Great State logoDevelop your city’s legislative agenda
The 2018 legislative session is just around the corner. Take this time to tell your legislators what you want from them. Developing a legislative agenda before session is a simple and effective way to get your legislators’ attention.

  • Keep it short and simple – one page only.
  • Add credibility by having your city council adopt it before session.
  • Include capital needs along with policy priorities.
  • Incorporate AWC’s Legislative Priorities into your agenda.
  • Make it public. Post it on your city’s website, put it in your newsletters, and insert it into utility bills.
  • Work with your local media for coverage.

Find examples of cities’ legislative agendas from past years on our website, and send your 2018 priorities to Regina Adams, Government Relations Coordinator at More

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AWC Elected Officials Essentials Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
December 2 | 12 locations
It's back! Every other year, AWC hosts the popular Elected Officials Essentials to train new and seasoned elected officials. Learn the basic legal obligations and liabilities of elected office, understand statutory roles and responsibilities, and explore what makes the work at city hall so meaningful. More

AWC trainings & events

AWC Regional Meetings Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Various dates

Various locations

Washington paid sick leave

November 8


Elected Officials Essentials Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

December 2

12 streaming locations

Other trainings

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

Winter is coming: Five steps to improving your winter maintenance strategy
October 19 | Webinar
Geographic information systems (GIS) are a proven tool for advanced planning, data management and real-time response that gives agencies the tools they need to ensure citizen safety. Join this GovLoop webinar to learn how GIS can improve productivity, reduce costs, and improve the overall effectiveness of your operations. More

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