Advocacy


Strong city advocates

Effective advocacy starts from home. As city leaders, you are the connection between your legislators and your community. AWC developed the tools below to help you become a more effective local advocate for strong cities and to show you how to work well with local legislators in Olympia. Strong cities are the key to a great state.

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Strong cities advocacy guide

This advocacy guide provides information on how to engage with your legislators, local media, and community to secure a strong city-state partnership and increase positive legislative outcomes for cities.

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Cities by the numbers

Cities are where the majority of Washingtonians live and where the state’s economy thrives. Read this fact sheet to find and share specific data points about the notable benefits that cities bring to the state.

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2020 State of the Cities report

Cities are the economic drivers of our state and play an important role in the health of Washington. But cities are struggling to meet the basic needs of their communities and are facing new challenges. This report dives into the data, research, and trends to examine conditions in Washington's 281 cities.

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Advocacy is a year-round job

It’s important to advocate for cities all year long. Read these tips to learn what you can do to help make a difference, even when the Legislature is adjourned.

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How to work with the media

Develop a relationship with your local media. This is a great opportunity to educate community members about what your city needs. This will help spur action and hold legislators accountable.

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PDC guidelines on lobbying activity

City and town officials that conduct lobbying activities may need to report to the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Find out what you need to know.

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Develop and communicate your city’s legislative agenda

Many cities across Washington have seen positive legislative outcomes by developing a city legislative agenda and working with their local media. See who they are and get ideas of your own.

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City Action Days

There’s no better way to engage legislators and state agency personnel than at City Action Days. This popular two-day conference is held each winter in Olympia.

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AWC Advocacy All-Stars

Our annual Advocacy All-Star Awards recognize and celebrate the actions of city officials and others who advocate for all 281 cities and towns.

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AWC City Champion Awards

Our annual City Champion Awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication of legislators who championed critical city issues during the legislative session.


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