Conference links

Conference schedule

All conference sessions and events are at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201, unless otherwise noted.
Subject to change, check back frequently for updates.

Tuesday, June 25

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 26

7 – 8 am

Morning wellness activity – Get centered with yoga

7:30 am – 6 pm

AWC Registration Kiosk

8 am – 5 pm

Exhibit Hall

8 – 9:30 am

Continental breakfast

9 – 11:30 am
Early start sessions

Homeless codes: Legal landscape, balancing interests, and a two-tiered approach for success
Gain ideas to address some of the common barriers to sheltering the homeless through comprehensive housing codes.

9:30 – 10:30 am
Early start sessions

Advocacy Academy
Learn about the state legislative process. Get tips on information and tools that are available to you from AWC and the Legislature.

9:30 – 11 am
Early start sessions

How GIS can benefit your community
Technology is revolutionizing the way cities and towns get business done and how citizens get information about city services that they value. Is your community taking full advantage of the innovations available?

9:30 – 11:30 am
Early start sessions

Regional and local public sector strategic planning
An interactive workshop that guides participants through an outcome-oriented process, utilizing both aspirational goals and specific objectives, allowing stakeholders to track outcomes of the strategic plan.

Noon – 1:30 pm

Welcome and opening lunch
Parade of flags
City award recognition
DyeDavid2018appKeynote: Courageous collaboration: leading through change and challenge

David Dye, Leadership Consultant, Let’s Grow Leaders
Being a municipal leader is challenging. You’ve got to adapt under pressure, respond in tight timeframes, and incorporate diverse priorities – all in an environment that changes rapidly and without warning. At the same time, people look to you for confidence, inspiration, and hope.

How do you maintain people’s energy and motivation when so much is changing? How do you keep them focused on what matters most without adding to their stress? How do you encourage and support your colleagues to come together and solve problems when you don’t have all the answers?

In this fun, high-energy interactive keynote experience, David will lead you through a mix of improv comedy techniques, strategic stories, and interactive exercises that will have you laughing and building deeper relationships with peers. You’ll learn practical ways to inspire and encourage people, to show up strong for your constituents, your colleagues, and yourself, and grow your ability to navigate and lead through times of ambiguity and change.

1:30 – 2 pm

Exhibit break

1:45 – 4:30 pm
Mobile tour

Embracing your city’s story in building community: Lessons learned from City of Liberty Lake
Learn about the power of partnerships while gaining ideas to identify and build on your community’s strengths to gain success.

2 – 3 pm
Concurrent sessions

Top 10 practices of effective elected officials
Challenge yourself to move beyond where you are to a higher level of service.

Are you smart ready?
Gain tips and best practices for building a smart community.

How cities are sparking innovation and economic development
Understand the positive economic impacts of new clean manufacturing approaches in Washington cities.

Strategic storytelling workshop
Use strategic storytelling to get your message out, be more influential, and enhance trust and transparency.

Taking a data-driven approach to equity
If a community is to reach its full potential, it must have a strategy to advance equity.

3 – 3:15 pm

Exhibit break

3:15 – 4:30 pm
Concurrent sessions

Building Community and Census 2020
Communities across the state are mobilizing to ensure that everyone counts in 2020. Find out more about the upcoming census and what you can do to educate and promote participation where you live.

Connecting with the State Auditor’s Office
Staff from the State Auditor’s Office provide an update on resources that address current and emerging audit issues by cities statewide. Hear what SAO is doing to provide data to assist governments in their financial decision making.

Therapeutic courts: What can they do for you?
Highlighting two community courts that improve communities and reduce recidivism with a set of sentence conditions imposed on highest-risk, highest-need, repeat offenders including DUI offenders and others.

Washington State public records updates, issues, and OGTA certificate
Gain an overview on Washington state Sunshine Law while you check of the legal requirement for locally elected officials as required by the Open Government Trainings Act.

5:30 – 7 pm

Evening Reception at Riverfront Park
Light appetizers and hosted bar; dinner on your own

Thursday, June 27

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 – 4 pm

Exhibit Hall open

9:15 – 10:15 am
General session

HuffmanPolsonShannon2019appLeading from any seat: Stories from the cockpit – lessons from the grit project
Shannon Huffman Polson, Writer and one of the first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter in the U.S. Army
Tenacity, determination, grit and an innate ability to lead has defined Shannon Huffman Polson. An adventurous young woman, she summited Mount McKinley (now Denali) and, at the time, was the youngest woman to complete the attempt. From there, she was commissioned in the Army and was one of the first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter. Through her leadership and aviation skills she earned the right to lead two flight platoons and was the first woman to command an Apache flight company in the 2nd Infantry Division. With real-world stories and insights from in and out of the cockpit, she offers tangible leadership lessons for audience members to seek out their own targets and, where passion and purpose intersect, incorporate them into their own professional lives. By examining everyday leadership and situational challenges, Shannon empowers others to effectively lead and thrive in any dynamic environment.

10:15 – 10:45 am

Exhibit break

10:30 – 11:45 am
Mobile tour

The best of both worlds: New infrastructure meets legacy landscapes at Riverfront Park
Realize the contributions of trees, parks, and greenspaces to community character and public health.

10:45 – 11:45 am
Concurrent sessions

Behavioral health and the impact to communities
Review alternative was to accessing behavioral health in both rural and metropolitan locations.

Local Investment Network: Community wealth building
Understand what it takes to create a successful Local Investment Network in your city.

How to grow responsibly while addressing community concern
Reduce the potential opposition to promoting sustainable growth in our cities.

How to talk about local control
Understand state and federal policy through the lens of preemption and local government power.

11:45 am – Noon

Exhibit break

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

1:15 – 2:30 pm
Mobile tour

Can I get a park with that? Underground infrastructure can deliver more!
Learn about the last three projects the City of Spokane is completing in its $190 million program to reduce overflows from combined wastewater and stormwater sewers.

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Concurrent sessions

Discover the most frequently asked questions for local government officials that the Municipal Research and Services Center responds to throughout the year.

Rate setting fundamentals
Define and allocate costs to unique customer classes and hot to communicate impacts to customers and stakeholders.

Running effective public comment sessions
Taking input from the public can be challenging. Explore how to take public comment that encourages order and civility.

Rural community leadership: Making big things happen in small places!
Discover the Rural Community Leadership Program being delivered by Rural Development Initiatives.

2:30 – 2:45 pm

Exhibit break

2:30 – 3:45 pm
Mobile tour

U-District bridge tour
Take a stroll with staff from the City of Spokane and experience the newest addition to the Spokane skyline.

2:45 – 3:45 pm
Concurrent sessions

A catalyst for change: The city’s role in creating and improving affordable housing
Learn how local code changes can create infill opportunities that can lead to more housing options.

City budget processes and best practices
Get tips for leveraging the budgeting process to the community’s benefit.

Growing the green economy "Eco-Nomics"
Understand how this work could impact your economic development and sustainability planning.

Small cell siting and FCC updates
A roadmap for developing regulations that comply with FCC rules while meeting the needs of your city.

The micro mobility revolution: How to implement a bike or scooter share program in your city,
Discover the costs and benefits that bike and scooter share programs can bring to cities.

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 28

6:30 – 10:30 am

AWC Registration Kiosk

6:30 – 8:15 am

Networking breakfast

8:20 – 9:20 am
General session

AndrewsLeon2019appREAL action: Getting started with building racial equity in your city
Leon Andrews, Director, NLC’s Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Initiative
In the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the National League of Cities created REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions and build more equitable communities. This session will provide participants with practical examples of how city leadership can embed racial equity into their priorities. Learn how local government leaders can reduce racial bias through smart policy decisions and strong civic engagement. Examine how racial tensions have affected cities across the nation. Learn how to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive agenda. Take away concrete steps they can take to advance racial equity and racial healing work in their cities.

9:30 – 10:30 am
General session

Advocating for cities is a year-round job – Tips for action in the interim
If you wait until 2020 to engage with your legislators you will be too late.

10:30 am

Adjourn, safe travels!

Updated: 6/18/19

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