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  • 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.

  • AWC Voting Rights Act resources

    Learn how the Voting Rights Act impacts your city.

  • Mayor & Councilmember Handbook

    This handbook serves as a reference guide for mayors and councilmembers in Washington cities and towns operating under the mayor-council form of government. There are, however, materials on issues which also directly concern elected officials in council-managers cities. It covers the job of a mayor and councilmember, budget basics, council meetings, ethics, and other resources.

  • Low impact development

    This video series helps local governments with the code review and update process for managing stormwater, explaining what low impact development (LID) is and how these stormwater permit requirements present both new opportunities and challenges for local governments.

  • 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; 5 credit)

  • Guidelines for elected and appointed officials' participation in elections activity

    Elected officials and city staff should understand Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) guidelines before participating in any elections activities, including taking a position on a ballot measure or endorsing a candidate for political office.

  • Guidelines for city officials who routinely engage with legislators or communicate with constituents about legislative matters

    The Public Disclosure Law, passed by initiative in 1972, includes important legal restrictions on how cities and towns communicate with their legislators and constituents about legislative issues at the state level.

  • Public Records Act eLearning

    Certificate of Municipal Leadership programIn partnership with the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), this course is customized for city and town councilmembers and mayors to help meet an important training requirement in accordance with the Open Government Trainings Act. (CML: Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements; 1 credit)

  • Open Public Meetings Act eLearning

    Certificate of Municipal Leadership programThis eLearning training opportunity was created in partnership between MRSC and AWC to provide information on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). The training is customized for city and town councilmembers and mayors to help meet an important training requirement in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act Training. (CML: Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements; 1 credit)

  • New public records laws and what you need to know

    AWC, MRSC and WSAC have partnered to cover what governments need to know in order to comply with the new law.

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