WSAC's May 2015 Newsletter
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2015 WSAC Professional Development Conference

Join us for the 2015 WSAC Professional Development Conference, and hear nationally renowned author, speaker, and humorist Ron Culberson's key insights on developing outstanding leaders and creating dynamic team environments!

Registration and the room block at Campbell's Resort are open now! Attendees who aren't an elected official are encouraged to attend with one.

Questions? Please contact Derek Anderson at (360) 489-3020 or

County Candidate Filings

Last Friday was the deadline for candidates to file for office throughout Washington State.

WSAC tracks filings in County positions; for a complete report, please click here.

Questions? Please contact Derek Anderson at (360) 489-3020.

Candidate Filing

IPZ Strategic Goal: Retain, grow and attract businesses by improving

An innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) is a unique economic development effort that partners research, workforce training, and private sector participation in close geographic proximity to promote cluster development and collaboration in a research-based effort that will lead to new technologies, marketable products, company formation, and job creation. Commerce provides:

The County Information Network (CoIN) Event App is Coming Soon!

This interactive app will allow you to:

  • View the complete event schedule, explore all of the offered sessions, and get detailed presenter information.
  • Keep your pulse on the most popular sessions and events by accessing the app’s Activity Feed, which highlights useful comments, photos, ratings and more.
  • Receive announcements and obtain the most up to date event information.
  • Earn points and badges top the leaderboard!
  • Expand your professional network and have fun!

** Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and HTML5 for Black
10a - 3p
CoIN Mobile App
Stay tuned for an update and download instructions!


Boards & Commissions Appointments by Governor Inslee

The latest monthly recap of statewide board and commission appointments made by Governor Jay Inslee include the following WSAC members:
  • Dave Upthegrove, King County Councilmember, Law Enforcement Officers & Fire Fighters Plan 2 Pension Board
  • Carolann Swartz, Grant County Commissioner, Traffic Safety Commission

Thank you to all our WSAC members who serve on statewide boards and commissions. Your involvement and support are crucial to these important positions.

Interested in serving in this capacity? Click here for a list of open positions, or contact Derek Anderson for more information at (360) 489-320.


The Week in Photos with NACo

Kittitas County Commissioner Paul Jewell, WSAC's Laura Merrill, Stevens County Commissioner Wes McCart, and NACo Legislative Director Deborah Cox  Click Here for More Photos

NACo Policy Steering Committee & Presidential Appointment Process Now Underway

It is time to submit your applications to serve on a wide variety of National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Committees!!!  There are two types of application processes that WSAC members and affiliate members must follow depending on which NACo Committee you are interested in serving on – and in what capacity:
  • NACo Policy Steering Committee Membership – NACo Steering Committee Nomination Form
  • NACo Presidential Appointment – NACo Presidential Appointment Application
  • Chairs and vice chairs of NACo Policy Steering Committee and subcommittee
  • LUCC and RAC chairs, vice chairs and members
  • Standing Committee chairs, vice chairs and members
  • Ad Hoc Committee, Task Force and Advisory Board chairs, vice chairs and members
  • At-Large NACo Board Director
  • NACo Policy Steering Committee Membership

If you would like WSAC to nominate you to one of the 10 NACo Steering Committees please complete our NACO Steering Committee Nomination Form  no later than Friday, June 12.
If you are already a member of a NACo Steering Committee and wish to be re-appointed, you must also complete our NACO Steering Committee Nomination Form  no later than Friday, June 12.

Please feel free to contact WSAC Executive Director, Eric Johnson, directly with questions (360) 489-3013.

NACo Aspire Award

NACo and Nationwide Announce First Plan Sponsor Aspire Award

Applications may be submitted to or mailed to Aspire Award, NACo, 25 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001.
NACo and Nationwide Retirement Solutions have announced the first “Aspire Award: Honoring Innovative Leadership in Promoting County Employee Retirement Savings” to recognize two counties that have gone above and beyond in empowering their employees for retirement success.  Counties who offer their employees the opportunity to participate in the NACo Deferred Compensation Program, administered by Nationwide Retirement Solutions, are eligible for nomination for the Aspire Award.

As an employer, a county serves as plan sponsor to its employees’ retirement programs.  Some counties have developed and implemented innovative approaches to create opportunities for their employees to be retirement ready.

The first annual Aspire Award: Honoring Innovative Leadership in Promoting County Employee Retirement Savings” will be presented during NACo’s Annual Conference, July 10-13, 2015 in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), North Carolina.

Two awards will be presented.  Consideration will be given to the plan sponsors who present measurable outcomes that result from unique, unusual, and original efforts to successfully engage county employees in their retirement futures.

Further information and the application are available at

USDA Announces $285 Million for Rural School Payments

$285 million to be distribute to 41 States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $285 million will go to 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico this year in support of local schools and roads as part of the Congressional two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

"This support is part of the administration's ongoing commitment to rural communities," said Secretary Vilsack. "The Forest Service's century-long support of America's public schools and roads is one of many ways in which USDA helps rural communities remain self-sustaining and prosperous." Continue Reading

County Leaders Conference

Save the Date!

The 2015 County Leaders Conference is set for November 18-20 at the beautiful Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA.

Registration opens July 1.

Contact Derek Anderson at (360) 489-3020 for questions. Look for more details to come!

Alliance for Innovation

Free Statewide Membership to Alliance for Innovation Available through MRSC

MRSC has partnered with the SAO’s Local Government Performance Center to offer a 1-year free membership to the Alliance for Innovation to all local governments in Washington.

About the Alliance For Innovation

Made up of an international network of progressive governments and partners, including the International City/County Management Association and Arizona State University, the Alliance for Innovation was designed as a focal point for government leaders committed to transforming local government by accelerating the development and dissemination of innovations. Today it has grown to include thousands of members and hundreds of jurisdictions, providing opportunities for policy research on topic areas from civic engagement to emergency preparedness and everything in between.

For details and more information, click here.

Utility Rate Setting Workshops

The Public Works Board invites you to attend a rate setting workshop. The Board proudly partners with the FCS Group to present a clear understandable approach to rate setting. Learn key concepts on how to plan for capital improvements, obtain public support, develop effective reserve funds, and more.

The FCS Group has 27-years of rate-setting experience with water and wastewater systems. Take advantage of this unique and valuable training!

Who should attend? Elected officials, public works staff, clerk treasurers, financial directors, and anyone else who may benefit. CML, CPO, and CRE credits are available.

Questions? Contact Steve Dunk at
(360) 725-3157
UtilitiesNEW! Register Here!

Mount Vernon: June 3
Skagit Transit Center
10a - 3p

2015 Western Interstate Region Conference
Wed, May 20–Fri, May 22
Kauai, Hawaii

Promoting Puget Sound Recovery Workshop
Fri, May 29: 9a-1p
Cedarbrook Lodge, SeaTac
Contact: Brynn Brady

2015 WSAC Professional Development Conference
Wed, Jun 3-Thurs, Jun 4
Campell's Resort

AWC Conference
Tues, Jun 23-Fri, Jun 26
Wenatchee, WA
More Information

Promoting Puget Sound Recovery Workshop
Wed, Jun 24: 9a-11:30a
Wenatchee Convention Center, Wenactchee
Contact: Brynn Brady

2015 Employee Benefits Forum
September 2015
Location TBD

2015 WSAC Annual County Leaders Conference
Tues, Nov 17-Fri, Nov 20
Skamania Lodge

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