August 5, 2020

CARES-act-CV-art-072920Who’s on the latest CML honor roll?
Congratulations to all of the mayors and councilmembers who have recently earned their core or advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML). Our CML trainings cover four competency areas, providing city elected officials with the knowledge they need to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships. This is a great time to work toward your own CML – we offer many online trainings and eLearnings to get you there!

CARES-act-CV-art-0729202020 Census to end one month early
On August 3, the U.S. Census Bureau Director announced that all counting efforts will end on September 30 – one month earlier than originally scheduled. With roughly three out of 10 households yet to be counted in Washington, outreach over the next two months will be critical to ensure a complete count of your community. The Census Bureau released additional outreach resources on their website including new videos. Visit the 2020 Census Response Rates Dashboard to view your community’s real-time response rate.

CARES-act-CV-art-072920COVID-19 and workers’ comp
Our first responders are on the front lines interacting with other employees. Labor & Industries recently changed how COVID-19 claims are processed. The change covers compensation benefits paid to employees exposed to a COVID-positive first responder. Under workers’ comp, first responders who have contracted the virus and tested positive will continue to receive medical treatment and time loss pay for their quarantine period. Learn more about what has changed and how to file a claim.

2019 public records reporting deadline September 1
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) extended the deadline for reporting 2019 public records metrics to September 1, 2020. Only cities that spent over $100,000 during 2019 in staff and legal costs associated with maintaining public records and responding to public records requests must submit data to JLARC. Cities and towns that spent less than $100,000 are asked to voluntarily submit key metrics. The reporting system and additional guidance documents are available on the JLARC website.

Utility rate setting basics for elected officials Certificate of Municipal Leadership program
August 21 | Online
Join FCS Group to learn the concepts, principles, and best practices of utility rate making. This webinar is for elected officials who want to get the fundamentals of rate setting for a wide range of scenarios and customers. Learn how to develop rates that reflect current trends, policy, and regulations. (This webinar is the day after the Municipal budgeting & fiscal management workshop. Check out the agenda and register now!)

ballot-box-icon-75Leading with optimism during uncertain times
This session from our 2020 Annual Conference Online offers practical, specific, research-based tools to become more optimistic, which will result in improved relationships and stronger leadership.

Register today for on-demand access to all recorded content through the end of 2020. Free for city members, and elected officials can earn 10 CML credits!

AWC training & events

REAL 101 & 102: Understanding and advancing racial equity in local government | August 19 & September 16| Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

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

Utility rate setting basics for elected officials | August 21 | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

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

Mayors Exchange (afternoon) | September 17 | Online Certificate of Municipal Leadership program

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

Other trainings

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

Navigating political statements in the workplace (presented by Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC) | August 13 | Online

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

Grant writing workshop (presented by Grant Writing USA) | August 27-28 | Online

MRSC: COVID-19 budgeting strategies (Part 3) - Balancing budget needs with budget wants | September 1 | Online

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Featured jobs:
City of Pasco | Lead Accountant
City of Wenatchee | Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor
City of Bonney Lake | Superintendent of Public Works

Other news & resources

Commerce announces additional CDBG funds for rural cities impacted by COVID-19. More

FEMA grants available to help build resilient infrastructure and communities. More

Reminder: Clean Water State Revolving Fund water infrastructure survey closes August 7. More

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