July 22, 2020

LRILogoWoman100Fall Mayors Exchange and Mayor as CEO – Register today! Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
September 17 | Online
Join other mayors from throughout the state for another popular Mayors Exchange. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other mayors on what’s happening at home to gain new ideas and inspiration. Plus, strong mayors can join earlier in the day for the Mayor as CEO training. Get tips, tools, and strategies for leading during a pandemic when you’re a strong mayor playing the dual role of serving as presiding officer and implementing council policy.

LRILogoWoman1005 takeaways from the Governor’s COVID-19 briefing with city and county leaders
On July 20, AWC hosted a COVID-19 briefing webinar with Governor Inslee, Secretary of Health Wiesman, State Health Officer Dr. Lofy, and city and county leaders from around the state. Secretary Wiesman and representatives from the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) provided an overview of our state’s data on cases, testing, hospitalizations, and infection rates. Read these five quick takeaways

Reminder: Complete Tax and User Fee Survey (TUFS) before July 31! 
TUFS is a crucial resource for many cities. This vital survey data serves as a reference tool for cities in municipal budget negotiations, as a comparison against peer cities, and as an information hub when a city applies for grants and loans. Contact Maggie Douglas if you need assistance completing your city’s survey.

ESD announces change to 2020 benefit charges
On July 9, Congress unanimously passed the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act of 2020. Once enacted, the bill reduces unemployment benefit charges for cities that are designated as reimbursable employers by 50% for part of the first quarter and all remaining quarters of 2020. The new bill will replace a system established under the CARES Act that provided reimbursable employers with a 50% refund of unemployment benefit charges, but only after reimbursable employers paid 100% of billed unemployment benefits up front. Find details about the change in this letter sent to employers by Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine.

LRILogoWoman100GIS and your budget: AWC offers affordable GIS technology services to members
Developing a good annual budget—a challenge at any time—is an especially difficult task for Washington communities this year. At AWC, we know cities and other local governments are on the front lines of supporting community members every day, and you need the most cost-effective services available. With the financial resources of Washington cities and towns in mind, AWC created a flexible membership structure so that all cities can take advantage of the AWC GIS Consortium’s offerings.

Census mapCityVoice Podcast: Local government after COVID-19
Hear highlights from the session, Rethinking local government after COVID-19, from the AWC Annual Conference Online. Now is the time to reflect on the challenges cities have faced, the lessons cities have learned, and new ideas and programs that cities can implement to support their communities.

To listen to the full session, register for the 2020 Annual Conference Online – available on demand through 2020 and free for city members!

AWC training & events

CARES funds update from Commerce and the State Auditor's Office | July 27 | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

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

Mayors Exchange | September 17 | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

Mayor as CEO | September 17 | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

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

Other trainings

NLC: Cities addressing food insecurity during COVID-19 and beyond| July 23 | Online

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

Georgetown Climate Center’s Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit launch | July 29 | Online

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

MRSC: COVID-19 budgeting strategies | Various dates | 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

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Featured jobs:
City of College Place | Engineering Manager
City of Oak Harbor | Finance Director
City of Kenmore | City Clerk

Other news & resources

Read Inslee's proclamation extending shared work waivers and suspensions to August 1. More

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund announces funding opportunities and upcoming webinars. More

Center for Sustainable Infrastructure releases new report: From Waste Management to Clean Materials. More

Now available from Georgetown Climate Center: Managed Retreat Toolkit for state and local governments. More

State & Local Legal Center publishes 2019-20 Supreme Court Review for Local Governments. More

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