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Training

MRSC provides relevant and timely training on issues of interest to local governments, such as ethics, public records, open government, governance, purchasing and contracting, customer service and public finance. This training is provided through webinars and regional in-person trainings that we produce. MRSC staff are also frequent speakers at local government conferences.

Scholarships are available to ensure that all those who want to attend valuable trainings can do so.


PRA and OPMA E-Learning for City/Town Elected Officials

MRSC partners with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) to produce two free e-learning courses for city and town councilmembers and mayors, one dealing with the Public Records Act (PRA) and the other with the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). These courses can help fulfill the Open Government Trainings Act requirements. After completing each training, make sure to download your certificate of completion for documentation purposes.


Now Open for Registration!

Many of the trainings are available for continuing education credits such as CLE (attorneys), CPE (public accountants), CM (planners), and CML (elected officials). See below for more information and to register.


PLANNING

JUN 21
webinar

Encouraging Neighborhood-Compatible, Residential Infill Development
June 21, 2018 | 12 PM - 1 PM
This webinar will explore different types of residential infill development, including accessory dwelling units, duplexes, fourplexes, townhouses, and cottage housing. The focus will be on the steps local governments can take to encourage infill development that is compatible with existing single-family neighborhoods.


PLANNING

JUL 12
webinar

Land Use Case Law Update
July 12, 2018 | 12 PM - 1 PM
This webinar will explore recent land use cases and provide practical advice and guidance to local governments.


MRSC SERVICES

JUL 17
webinar

Making your Job Easier with MRSC's Services
July 17, 2018 | 11 AM - 12 PM
This free webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of MRSC's tools, resources, and information — all designed to help you do your job better.


PURCHASING & CONTRACTING - REGIONAL TRAININGS

JUL25
in-person

Purchasing & Contracting Essentials - Ephrata
July 25, 2018 | 8 AM - 5 PM | Ephrata, WA
All-day workshop focusing on purchasing in the morning and public works contracting in the afternoon. Workshop will review statutory requirements, recent legislative changes, and how to align those requirements with the specific needs of your agency. We will also hold this workshop in several other locations during the last half of 2018. Eligible for CAEC certificate credits.


ELECTED OFFICIALS ESSENTIALS

AUG 1
webinar

Community Planning and Development 101 for Elected Officials 
August 1, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Part 3 of a 4-part webinar series produced in partnership with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Each webinar meets one of the four core requirements for AWC's Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) program. By registering, you get access to all four webinars.


PURCHASING & CONTRACTING - REGIONAL TRAININGS

AUG14
in-person

Purchasing & Contracting Essentials - Kennewick
August 14, 2018 | 8 AM - 5 PM | Kennewick, WA
All-day workshop focusing on purchasing in the morning and public works contracting in the afternoon. Workshop will review statutory requirements, recent legislative changes, and how to align those requirements with the specific needs of your agency. We will also hold this workshop in several other locations during the last half of 2018. Eligible for CAEC certificate credits.


ELECTED OFFICIALS ESSENTIALS

OCT 11
webinar

Effective Local Leadership: How to Move Initiatives Forward and Get Things Done 
October 11, 2018 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Part 4 of a 4-part webinar series produced in partnership with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Each webinar meets one of the four core requirements for AWC's Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) program. By registering, you get access to all four webinars.


Registration Coming Soon!

 

OPEN GOVERNMENT

AUG 28
webinar

Top 10 Public Records Act Tips
August 28, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This webinar will review MRSC's top ten tips on the Public Records Act (PRA), focusing on the ten most frequently asked questions regarding PRA issues.


MRSC ROSTERS

SEP 13
webinar

MRSC Rosters - Overview Webinar for Non-Members
September 13, 2018 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Open to any public agency that is interested in becoming a member of MRSC Rosters and would like to learn more about the service, this free webinar will review the overall MRSC Rosters service, including membership features and fees, agency contract deadlines, the business sign-up process, and the public agency “search a roster” process.


PLANNING

SEP 26
webinar

Building Blocks for Successful Grant Funding
September 26, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Webinar will cover strategic planning for capital improvement programs and provide advice on how to best position local infrastructure projects for state and federal funding programs.


PURCHASING & CONTRACTING - REGIONAL TRAININGS

OCT17
in-person

Purchasing & Contracting Essentials - Kelso (tentative)
October 17, 2018 | 8 AM - 5 PM | Kelso, WA
All-day workshop focusing on purchasing in the morning and public works contracting in the afternoon. Workshop will review statutory requirements, recent legislative changes, and how to align those requirements with the specific needs of your agency. We will also hold this workshop in several other locations during the last half of 2018.


NOV TBD
webinar

Providing Excellent Customer Service at the Permit Counter
November 2018
This webinar will offer information on how to provide great customer service to applicants and other members of the public at a permit counter. Real-life examples will be used to highlight successful processes and procedures to establish a customer-oriented environment, approaches for dealing with “difficult” customers, and tips for working with non-native speakers.


PURCHASING & CONTRACTING - REGIONAL TRAININGS

NOV7
in-person

Purchasing & Contracting Essentials - Shoreline (tentative)
November 7, 2018 | 8 AM - 5 PM | Shoreline, WA
All-day workshop focusing on purchasing in the morning and public works contracting in the afternoon. Workshop will review statutory requirements, recent legislative changes, and how to align those requirements with the specific needs of your agency. We will also hold this workshop in several other locations during the last half of 2018.


MRSC ROSTERS

DEC 13
webinar

MRSC Rosters – Membership Overview for New and Continuing Members
December 13, 2018 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Open to any public agency that is a member of MRSC Rosters, this free webinar will review what is included in your MRSC Rosters membership, the legal notice posting dates and details, the business application process, and how to search the Rosters database.


OPEN GOVERNMENT

DEC TBD
webinar

Public Records Act Case Law Update
December 2018 - Tentative
This webinar will provide an overview of significant Public Records Act (PRA) decisions by Washington appellate courts from the past six months, along with takeaways from each case to help your agency comply with the PRA.


PLANNING

DECTBD
webinar

Land Use Case Law Update
December 2018
This webinar will explore recent land use cases and provide practical advice and guidance to local governments.


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