Conference schedule

All conference sessions and events are at the Yakima Convention Center, 10 N 8th St, Yakima, WA 98901, unless otherwise noted.
Subject to change.

Tuesday, June 26

3 – 6 pm

AWC Registration Kiosk

5:30 – 7 pm

President's Welcome Reception
Light appetizers and hosted bar; dinner on your own

Wednesday, June 27

7 – 8 am
Wellness challenge

7-minute workout

7:30 am – 6 pm

AWC Registration Kiosk

8 am – 5 pm

Exhibit Hall

8 – 9:30 am

Continental breakfast

8 – 11:30 am
Early start session

Making your small town more Idea friendly
Improve the climate for new ideas in your town

9 – 11:30 am
Early start session

A Road Map to Washington’s Future: What is our vision for the future and how do we get there?
Provide input on growth planning and share what’s working and what’s not in your community

10:30 – 11:30 am
Early start session

Conference orientation: The who, what, where, when, and why of AWC’s Annual Conference
Tips for getting the most out of AWC’s Annual Conference

Noon – 1:30 pm

Welcome and opening lunch
Parade of flags
City award recognition
: Leadership and teamwork: Lessons from the 1936 U.S. Olympic crew from UW

1:30 – 2 pm

Exhibit break

2 – 4:30 pm

Mayors can’t do that, can they?
Dive into a candid discussion of roles and responsibilities.

2 – 3 pm
Concurrent sessions

21st century policing: The potential consequences of failing to implement these principles in your organization
Lessons learned from the City of Yakima

Banding together for broadband
Take steps to increase broadband use in your community

Rethinking the customer experience for cities and towns
Explore best practices on approaching a new customer experience journey

The future of growth management: A roadmap to Washington’s future
Understand the Road Map project

The Leadership Challenge: 5 practices of exemplary leadership®
Understand the connection of values and leadership

3 – 3:15 pm


3:15 – 4:30 pm
Mobile tour

Social & cultural dimensions of public greenspace
Greenspaces can enhance quality of life

3:15 – 4:30 pm
Concurrent session

Finance essentials for elected officials
Gather a general overview of good financial oversight practices

Innovative ways to authentically connect with community members
A variety of simple and advanced engagement techniques

Solving challenges to transitional housing for the homeless
Hear about Walla Walla’s experiences in establishing transitional shelters for the homeless

The new growth landscape: Navigating water and land use planning changes
Understand the elements of the new law as they relate to cities

Unleash the power of persuasion: Write and speak like a pro
Boost communication skills with citizens, commissions, and voters

5:30 – 7 pm

Evening Reception on Front Street
Light appetizers and hosted bar; dinner on your own

Thursday, June 28

6:30 – 8 am
Wellness challenge

AWC Fun Run and Walk

6:30 am – 5:30 pm

AWC Registration Kiosk

7:30 – 9 am

Networking breakfast

8 am – 3 pm

Exhibit Hall open

9:15 – 10:15 am
General session

Strong Cities Great State: We can’t rest on our laurels
We’ll hear examples of successes and lessons learned from our past advocacy efforts, get a preview of 2019 legislative issues, and say farewell to one legislative director and hello to another.

10:15 – 10:45 am

Exhibit break

10:15 – 11:45 am
Mobile tour

Nelson Dam tour
Learn about partnerships addressing public safety and fish habit concerns

10:45 – 11:45 am
Concurrent sessions

Do you hear the call? Top 10 traits of effective councilmembers
10 essential traits and practices of effective councilmembers

Fort Knox or Fort Lax? Cybersecurity for cities
Protect your cities network systems in simple and cost effective ways

Innovative rural business models and rural jobs creation strategies
Spur new tiny business development

The importance of having a public plaza/town square in your community
Learn why and how cities should strengthen existing public spaces and create new ones

The role of elected officials in personnel and labor matters
Best practices to achieve organizational goals through labor and personnel processes

The Washington Voting Rights Act: A new area of opportunity and risk management
Identify risk factors when determining violations in your community

Which services should you provide? Right-sizing your city’s role in service delivery decisions
Consider the impacts of governance models to residents, including to representation and tax burden

11:45 am – Noon


Noon – 1 pm

AWC Center for Quality Communities fundraising lunch
Join us as we honor this year’s scholarship winners and continue our efforts to raise funds that nurture young community members to take on new leadership roles.

1 – 1:30 pm

Exhibit break

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Concurrent sessions

Focus on hot topic areas like public records, open meetings, ethics, finance, budgets and taxation

Culverts, fish passage and screening
Fish passage funding grant opportunities for local governments

Don’t CERB your enthusiasm! Instead, find out what infrastructure funding is available
Identify project eligibility in all four of CERB’s programs

Filling the gaps: What to do about empty buildings and lots
Adapt one or more of these innovative strategies in your town this year!

Professional city management: When is it right for your community?
Determine if professional city management is right for your community

The jail that failed: Lessons on how to improve regional partnerships
Identify common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid

Veterans on the home front: From deployed to employed
Maximize support to encourage Veteran entrepreneurship

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 3:45 pm
Mobile tour

Downtown Yakima redevelopment tour
See how downtown Yakima has used existing assets to spur redevelopment

2:45 – 3:45 pm
Concurrent sessions

Another brick in the wall: Addressing earthquake hazards posed by unreinforced masonry
Find out how to participate in the State-wide inventory of buildings and demonstrate the need for shared solutions

Creating a compassionate community
Learn what a Compassionate Community is and how it can benefit your city

How local governments are using criminal justice tools to address behavioral health care system gaps
Address gaps in the system and learn about programs making a positive difference

Preparing to streamline your business license
Updates on options for partnering with BLS for business licenses or FileLocal

Strategic planning is a process not an event
Be responsive and pro-active while addressing mission critical issues

The power of partnership: Transform and innovate with higher education partners
Increase economic development opportunities with local colleges and universities

What you need to know to comply with the Public Records Act
Finds out what all the fuss is about around reporting at City Hall and how you can help

3:45 – 4 pm


4 – 5:45 pm

AWC Annual Business Meeting

5:45 – 7:30 pm

Exhibitor Reception
Appetizers and hosted bar; dinner on your own

Friday, June 29

7 – 8 am
Wellness challenge

Stop, breathe, and think! Mindful meditation

6:30 – 8:30 am

Networking breakfast

6:30 – 10:30 am

AWC Registration Kiosk

8:45 – 9:45 am
Concurrent sessions

A cohesive leadership team: Essential to municipal government health
Explore how organizational success is realized when management, operations, strategy, and culture work together seamlessly

Ask MRSC: Small city edition
Understand the roles of staff and elected officials, especially is the “tight knit” small communities

Community-based housing solutions
New strategies to bring affordable housing to your community

Growing the local green economy
Types for innovative business that communities appreciate

Revolutionizing government from the status quo to the status go
Discover practices proven to transform the influence of local government

Serve your community better (surprise!) by using Robert's Rules
Hold smooth, efficient and fair debate during meetings

Tree roots and sidewalks: Friends at last
Street trees can be saved by root pruning and sidewalk condition restored with this innovative technique

9:45 – 10 am


10 – 11 am
Concurrent sessions

Accommodation and transportation: How cities can design transportation infrastructure around ADA standards
Learn about ADA standards and how your city can take proactive steps to accommodate people of all abilities

Addressing aging infrastructure through utility rate setting: A spotlight on smaller jurisdictions
Discover how your jurisdiction can begin to set foundational funding policies in place

Cannabis in WA: Where are we now?
Hear different perspectives on local zoning ordinance approaches to cannabis and what cities can and cannot do to regulate cannabis in their communities

Cybersecurity: A continuous process and a role to play for everyone
Learn about how cybersecurity is a shared and continuous process

Developing the next generation infrastructure workforce
Review a workforce needs assessment that will help water utilities and other infrastructure providers get ready to design, build, and maintain the infrastructure of tomorrow

Make it an EPIC year: Introducing an effective model for city-university partnerships
Consider the benefits to your city of an intentional, large-scale partnership with a public university

Placemaking & community engagement through public art
See how a city can leverage public art and placemaking to bring people together

11 am

Adjourn, safe travels!

Updated: 6/15/18

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