July 15, 2020

Congratulations 2020 AWC Civic Service Award winners!
The AWC Civic Service Awards recognize city officials retiring after 20 or more years of service to cities. We admire and appreciate their dedicated service to their communities and wish them all the best in retirement. Do you see any familiar names on the list? Drop them a note of congratulations!

LRILogoWoman100$18 million available to bring broadband to unserved Washington communities
The Washington State Public Works Board is accepting applications for broadband infrastructure construction grants and loans to provide broadband internet to unserved areas of the state. Approximately $9.1 million is available for low-interest loans and $8.6 million for grants. Applicants must contact local internet service providers at least six weeks prior to submission. Applications are due by September 9.

Changes in Washington overtime rules effective July 1 
New overtime rules establishing what types of workers qualify for overtime pay took effect on July 1. Under the new rules, employers can use an updated job duties test to determine which workers are considered executive, administrative, and professional employees, as well as to determine whether an employee is classified as exempt. More information is available on the L&I webpage for overtime rulemaking and tools can be found on the Resource Center webpage

LRILogoWoman100On-demand webinar: 2020 updated Washington State Public Employer Overtime Guide
Overtime issues can prove troublesome for public employers. This webinar provides an overview of overtime changes and legal updates, including rules regarding the minimum salary threshold and job duties tests for salaried exempt employees. The webinar will help you understand the major provisions of overtime laws and the implications for public employers in Washington; identify options for complying with the revised regulations; and learn best practices for performing audits and communicating changes to exempt status employees. Note: This webinar recording is for management only and access is restricted to those who solely represent the interests of management.

LRILogoWoman100Stay healthy with Seattle to Portland (STP) Virtual Challenge
The ongoing pandemic is stressful for everyone. One way to reduce and manage stress is with physical activity. Employers can promote Kaiser Permanente’s Seattle to Portland (STP) Virtual Challenge to employees. The virtual STP bike ride is a free event that helps support the goal of staying healthy – while allowing everyone to maintain physical distance from one another. Participants are invited to set their own course and pace as they ride a total of 200 miles any time between July 18 and August 6.

Census mapEconomic impacts of COVID-19 on local governments
Watch this popular Annual Conference session and learn about financial strategies city leaders are employing to combat the financial impacts of COVID-19.

Even if you missed Conference, you can still enjoy all of the valuable content - on demand - through the end of the year! AWC city members can watch all recorded conference sessions for free and elected officials earn 10 CML credits when they register.

AWC training & events

CARES funds update from Commerce and the State Auditor's Office | July 27 | Online

Municipal budgeting & fiscal management workshop | August 20 | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

AWC Annual Conference – Recorded sessions | On demand | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Other trainings

Public Works Board infrastructure webinar series: Regionalization, asset management, and value planning | July 16 | Online

MRSC: Land use case law update & virtual hearings | July 17 | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

MRSC: COVID-19 budgeting strategies | Various dates | Online

MRSC: PRA deep dive – Personnel and employment records | July 29 | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Supreme Court review for states and local governments | July 29 | Online

MRSC: Making your job easier with MRSC's services | August 12 | Online

MRSC: The ins and outs of online permitting & plan review | August 18 | Online

JobNet logoAWC JobNet is the place to list career opportunities in Washington's cities and towns, other local governments, and state agencies. With an average of 14,000 visitor hits per month, AWC JobNet connects you with quality candidates. Post your job today on AWC JobNet!

Featured jobs:
City of Yakima | Design Engineer
City of Port Townsend | Building Official
Municipal Research and Services Center | Finance Consultant

Other news & resources

Department of Commerce extends Shelter Program grant application deadline to July 31. More

State seeks grant applications for freight rail capital projects. More

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