Published on Jun 19, 2019

Coming together to build a better community


Read AWC President Don Britain's welcome message to the AWC Annual Conference:

Our state is made up of 281 diverse cities and towns. They are small and large, urban and rural, each with a distinct social, political, and economic make up. Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, they are all different and yet fit together perfectly.

The success of our state depends on the success of each of those cities and towns, a fact which highlights the importance of local leadership. City leaders do what is best for their cities and towns, making decisions that do not always align with their personal ideology but that do align with the majority they represent and benefit the greater community they serve.

That’s why the theme of this year’s conference—Building Community—is pertinent to city leaders across Washington. In cities and towns large and small, success as a community leader is never merely an individual effort. It calls for collaboration and working together for positive results.

We are facing some big challenges ahead, and none of us can handle them alone. Let’s get everyone to the table, roll up our sleeves, and partner together to build strong cities and a great state.

Don Britain
AWC President
Mayor, Kennewick

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