All events are held at the Hotel RL Olympia unless otherwise noted.

Subject to change.

Take note: Afternoon start time this year

January 28

Shuttle service departs back and forth from Hotel RL to Capitol Campus every 15 minutes from 11 am to 5 pm.

8 – 11:15 am
Continental breakfast included

Early start: Running great meetings with parliamentary procedure (separate registration required)
Limited seating available

11:30 am – 1 pm
Lunch included

Early start: Advocacy Academy
Optional early start session, limited seating available

1:15 – 2:15 pm

Optional early start sessions (included in registration)

Transportation funding and policy update (including I-976)
This is your opportunity to hear about the transportation policy issues being debated in the 2020 session. This session will cover transportation funding proposals, the state budget impacts of Initiative 976, and other policy bills of interest.

State of the Cities
AWC re-established its State of the Cities research on trends and fiscal conditions in cities. The 2020 report focuses on increasing challenges to cities’ successes and the tools that cities need to meet new service demands.

Therapeutic courts: What can they do for you?
Procedural justice research has shown that when defendants and litigants perceive the court process to be fair – exhibiting respect, understanding, neutral decision making, and helpfulness – they are more likely to comply with court orders.

2:15 pm

Doors open for general session

2:30 – 3 pm

Opening general session

Working, learning and speaking as one
For more than 85 years, city leaders from across Washington have been working together to build strong cities and a great state. Together, cities have the chance to speak with one unified voice to tell state decision-makers how crucial our cities are to Washington’s success.

3 – 3:15 pm

General session

Governor’s address
AWC welcomes Governor Jay Inslee to talk with city leaders about his agenda for the new year and his plans to work with cities.

3:20 – 4 pm

General session

2020 Legislative updates
Find out more about AWC’s legislative priorities for 2020, where we are at in the session, and some of the other hot topics for the session that are impacting cities.

4:15 – 5:15 pm

Hot topics roundtables
Drop into one or more of the hot topics roundtables to discuss issues that matter to you and your colleagues. Roundtable topics include:

  • Housing and homelessness
  • Economic development
  • Public safety
  • Networking mixer

5:30 – 7 pm

Legislative Reception
Heavy appetizers and drinks provided; Dinner on your own.
This popular legislative reception provides an opportunity to network with legislators, cabinet members, and fellow local officials. Remember to personally invite your legislators and consider connecting with them afterwards for dinner and discussion.

January 29

Shuttle service departs back and forth from Hotel RL to Capitol Campus every 15 minutes from 7 am to 3 pm.

7 – 8:20 am
Breakfast included

New Officials Welcome Breakfast (by invitation only for those newly-elected)

7 – 8:30 am
Breakfast included

Networking breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 am

General session

Conversations with transportation legislative leaders
Transportation leaders from the House and Senate will discuss the status of Washington’s transportation system, including how the state is responding to Initiative 976 and how to achieve sustainable long-term financing for state and local transportation systems.

9:35 – 10:35 am

General session

Conversations with legislative leaders from the four corners
Leaders from the from the four corners of the Legislature address cities about hot topics, their caucus’ priorities for the 2020 session, and what is likely to impact cities.

10:40 – 11:30 am

General session

Talk to your lobbyists
This “straight-talk” session provides you the opportunity to ask AWC’s lobby team questions about cities’ most important issues.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch included

Grab and go lunch
Grab your “to-go” lunch and head to the hill or stick around to network with your colleagues before you head out.

11:30 am – 3 pm

Hill climb: Appointments with legislators, attend hearings – shuttle service to/from Hotel RL and Capitol Campus

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