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October 25, 2017

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AWC City Comparison Tool
Identifying comparable cities can be challenging. While it’s tempting to compare yourself to other nearby cities, that doesn’t always provide the most valuable or defensible context for decision-making. The AWC City Comparison Tool helps you select cities most like yours on a number of core variables. Looking for more tools and data? Check out our newly-updated Open Data Portal. More

Strong Cities, Great State logoCityvision feature: Renewed Frontiers
Read Cityvision’s feature article to learn how two of Washington’s most calamity-struck cities draw on their assets and heritage to envision a thriving, sustainable future. Discover how Skykomish undertook a massive 12-year cleanup project wherein the entire town was lifted up, cleaned of contaminated soil, and put back together. Then, read how the historic City of Palouse used its assets to reposition itself as a thriving small community after a disastrous flood. More

Strong Cities, Great State logoCheck yourself out at AWC Member Expo!
The photos are in, and they’re amazing. Take a minute to peruse the photos taken at our recent Member Expo in Chelan. Thanks for attending to learn how to maximize the power of pooling. We look forward to seeing you next year! More

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Strong Cities, Great State logoTen steps to take for a successful legislative session
The 2018 legislative session is only months away. Take advantage of the interim and engage your legislators on important city issues now. Here’s a tip to get you started:

#2 Talk about the relationship between the state and its 281 cities and towns.
Point out that strong cities are the key to a great state and that cities are where the majority of Washingtonians live, learn, work, and play. Legislators must understand that in order for the state to thrive, Washington’s cities and towns must be strong. See these statistics.

Want more ideas? See this handy top ten list. Better yet, print it and refer to it often. Can you complete all ten actions? Doing so could win you a 2018 AWC Advocacy All-Star award!

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Cities 101 videos – Sewers

Do you want new, exciting, and interesting ways to educate the public about all the great work that cities do? That’s what the Cities 101 video series is all about! Check out this video that shows how our modern sewer systems work, how we fund them, and why everyone should be making a big stink about it. Then, share the video on your social media or website to get the conversation started! More

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Upcoming AWC Regional Meetings Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
October 26 | Hoquiam
November 1 | Edmonds
November 2 | Burlington
November 8 | Federal Way

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

Washington paid sick leave
November 8 | Webinar
Is your organization's paid sick leave program compliant with Washington's new paid sick leave statute, which will take effect January 1, 2018? Learn key requirements of the new paid sick leave law, review a checklist for compliance, and understand practical considerations and options for modifying existing sick leave policies to conform to the new legal requirements. More

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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 Finance essentials

Oct. & Nov. dates

Spokane, DuPont, Mount Vernon, Yakima

Register for joint summit on gang prevention and intervention
November 1 | Tacoma
AWC is cohosting a policy summit on gang prevention and intervention with the Governor's Office, Attorney General's Office, Washington State Association of Counties, and others. The event features state and national experts on gang policy. Attendees will network and learn about research, best-practices, and information concerning gang-related activity in your jurisdiction and how to craft an adequate response. City elected officials and staff are encouraged to attend. More

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