Conference links


All events are held at the Hotel RL Olympia unless otherwise noted.

Subject to change.

Take note: Afternoon start time this year

The City Action Days opening general session will kick off this year on Wednesday, February 13 at 2 pm. Arrive early Wednesday if you wish to attend our optional early-start sessions, beginning at 9:15 am (limited space available). See you there!

Reminder: Start scheduling appointments with your legislators now for the afternoon of February 14!

February 13

7 am – 6:30 pm

AWC Registration Kiosk open

7 am – 1:30 pm

Committee meetings (times vary, invited members only)

9 am – 5:30 pm

Shuttle service available to and from Hotel RL and the Capitol Campus

9:15 – 10:15 am

Early start: Advocacy Academy 101 (included in registration)
As an elected official, it is your job to make sure legislators know your city’s needs. This introductory session provides an overview of the legislative process and details how to make the best use of your time in Olympia. Understand how to navigate the state legislative process, what information and tools are available to you from AWC, and how you can make a difference at the state level.

  • Brush up on the state legislative process
  • Discover the tools and information available to you from a variety of resources
  • Explore exactly what “advocating” is and how to do it well

10:30 – 11:30 am

Early start: Advocacy Academy 201 (included in registration)
Dig deeper into advocacy by learning how to adopt year-round advocacy goals and build long-term legislative relationships.

  • Hear ways to be more efficient in communicating your priorities
  • Learn what works and what doesn’t in the legislative process
  • Get tips on how to “close the deal” with the right people

11:30 am – 1 pm

Networking lunch
Lunch included in registration

1 – 1:30 pm

Transition break

1:30 – 2 pm

Doors open for general session

2 – 2:30 pm

General session: Working, learning, and speaking as one

2:30 – 4 pm

General session: Talk to your AWC lobbyists

4:15 – 5:15 pm

Hot topics roundtables: Economic development, public safety, and housing

5:30 – 7 pm

Legislative Reception
Light appetizers and drinks provided; Dinner on your own.
This popular legislative reception provides an opportunity to network with legislators, cabinet members, and fellow local officials. Remember to personally invite your legislators and consider connecting with them afterwards for dinner and discussion.

February 14

6:30 – 11:30 am

AWC Registration Kiosk open

6:30 – 7:45 am

Networking breakfast
Breakfast included in registration

7 am – 3:45 pm

Shuttle service available to and from Hotel RL and the Capitol Campus
Last shuttle leaves the Capitol Campus at 3:30 pm.

7:45 – 8:30 am

General session: A conversation with legislative budget leaders

8:30 – 9 am

GovInsleeFireside chat with Governor Jay Inslee
AWC welcomes Governor Jay Inslee to talk with city leaders about his agenda for the year and his plans to work with cities.

9 – 9:45 am

General session: Working with the media

9:45 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:15 am

Concurrent sessions: Behavorial health and housing and infrastructure and transportation

11:15 am & beyond

Hill climb: Appointments with legislators, attend hearings – shuttle service to/from Hotel RL and Capitol Campus

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