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  • 2020 State of the Cities: Greater responsibilities, fewer resources

    Our 2020 State of the Cities report dives into data, research, and trends to examine conditions in Washington's 281 cities. One key finding: cities are taking on more responsibilities with fewer resources than ever before.

  • Knowing the legal territory

    Certificate of Municipal Leadership programThis video series is a must-see for every newly elected mayor and councilmember. This training fulfils the Open Government Training Act requirement for elected officials. (CML: Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements; three credits)

  • Cityvision November/December 2019

    Talking points: How cities can make an impact in Olympia

  • Cityvision May/June 2019

    Leading the way: Collaboration as a key to civic progress

  • So you want to be an elected official...

    Interested in running for office in Washington’s cities or towns?

  • Cityvision November/December 2018

    Local twist: Aligning levels of authority in an age of preemption

  • Small City Resource Manual

    Small cities are different than their larger counterparts. This resource manual provides a brief overview of key topics and outlines important issues.

  • Email like a pro

    At the 2018 Annual Conference, Michael Buschmohle delivered a stellar presentation with practical advice on improving communication skills.

  • 10 traits of effective leadership

    Want a fresh perspective? In June at Annual Conference, Ferndale Mayor Jon Muetchler taught us these 10 traits of effective local leadership.

  • GMA comp plan conversation starters

    Certificate of Municipal Leadership programThis Growth Management Act "starter package" features a series of 12 videos covering planning and land use roles and responsibilities, budget, economic development, community engagement and more. (CML: Community planning and development; 1 credit)

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