Exploring Washington’s Cities and Towns
Cities are the governments closest to the people. Efficient and effective city governments are the foundation for vibrant communities and economic opportunities. But what makes a city and why does it matter to you? Use this high-level quick read to learn how cities in Washington function. You’ll discover how cities budget, how city funds are used, what city governments do, and what city employees do, all interspersed with facts and figures that illustrate the breadth of work that cities do every day to make their communities shine. More
A study in utility: Maximizing community potential through broadband access
This edition of Cityvision explores how cities are using broadband connections for more than speed – they are the bridge between equity, efficiency and the community. Find out how Tukwila tackles a broadband black hole, learn about Pasco’s traffic signal update project, discover small cell communications technology, and hear from the mayor of College Place. More
Recruiting members for AWC Board Nominating Committee
AWC is seeking elected officials interested in serving on the 2018 AWC Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee recruits, interviews and selects a list of potential candidates for election to the AWC Board of Directors at AWC's Annual Conference in June. We are still seeking applicants from AWC Board Districts 6, 7, 8, 12, and 14. See the map and list of the districts. Deadline to apply is this Friday, December 15. More
Acknowledge an outstanding student in your community!
AWC's Center for Quality Communities will award six outstanding high school seniors a $1,200 scholarship to pursue a post-secondary degree in fall 2018. Each city can nominate one student for consideration. Completed applications must be submitted by the city and forwarded to the AWC Center for Quality Communities by March 9. More
Special thanks to outgoing elected officials
From all of us at AWC, we extend our sincerest gratitude to the outgoing city elected officials who have served their communities. We thank you for your service and your courage to throw your hat in the ring to make your city or town a better place to live, learn, work, and play. Your dedication to public service will leave a lasting impact on your community and future generations. Thank you.
Final CityVoice issue in 2017— See you next year!
This is the final CityVoice issue for 2017. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season! We’ll see you in 2018 for more exciting and engaging city news!
Prepare your new elected officials' orientation now!
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to pull together important documents and information about your city to orient new elected officials. Check out AWC’s Elected officials’ road map for a list of items to include. Help new elected officials understand their new role, what your city does, and how they can help plan for the future. We will send this road map to your new elected officials in January. More
2017 is coming to a close! We’re rounding out the year with our top ten AWC memories from this banner year. Find descriptions, pictures, and links to AWC’s top ten 2017 celebrations. Number one is especially our favorite. We look forward to working for our state's 281 strong cities again in 2018! More
Running great meetings using parliamentary procedure
January 25 | Olympia
It is critical that city elected officials actively participate at council meetings. Learn parliamentary procedure with tips and insights to create great meetings. Get a solid foundation for success in your principal job: discussing and deciding the key issues for your community. More
February 21 | Olympia
Mayors have a unique role at city hall, and who understands your challenges better than other mayors? Mayors and executives are invited to gather in Olympia for an engaging daylong session to network with fellow mayors, share news from home, and glean best practices. This is your opportunity to talk about your city budget, hear from other mayors, and connect on important city issues. More
Transforming Local Government Conference
April 3-6 | Tacoma
The 2018 Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG) attracts participation from local governments seeking new and innovative ways to connect people, information and ideas that support their efforts to be great communities. The TLG conference brings content that encourages free thinking and fosters unprecedented ideas and promotes team building and a sense of camaraderie. More
Ten steps to take for a successful legislative session
The 2018 legislative session is only a month away. Take advantage of this time before legislators return to Olympia to engage your legislators on important city issues now. Here’s a tip to get you started:
#9 Register for AWC City Action Days in Olympia January 24-25, and start scheduling your in-person meetings as soon as session starts.
Want more ideas? See this handy top ten list.
Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking begins
The new Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit program is intended to cover all employees and provide 12 weeks of paid leave for medical disability or family-related reasons, such as a child’s birth or illness. The Employment Security Department has begun the rulemaking process which includes a listening session on Dec. 19 regarding collective bargaining agreements, voluntary plans, and premiums. More
Information on implementing public records law changes: data collection and grant program
The major public records bills that passed in 2017 created a new data collection requirement and a new grant program for some local governments. JLARC recently released a FAQ document for the new public records data collection metrics. The Secretary of State also released information on the Local Records Grant Program. The grants application process will open mid-January and can be used for technology, file room organization, and digital imaging.