The Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of local governments across Washington State. We serve all cities, counties, and state agencies, as well as hundreds of special purpose districts through contract partnerships.
Below is a summary of the services we provide to government staff and officials:
Free One-on-One Consultation
Have a question? Ask MRSC! Officials and employees from eligible government agencies can use our free one-on-one consultation service. With one call or click you can get a personalized answer from one of our trusted attorneys, policy consultants, or finance experts!
MRSC staff regularly write about a wide variety of local government topics, including new legislation and court decisions, emerging issues, policy guidance, and management tips. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and MRSC analysis, sign up for our e-newsletters.
Explore topics on the MRSC website to get legal and policy guidance on hundreds of local government issues, including helpful explanations, relevant statutes and court decisions, examples of different policy approaches, and recommended resources for further information.
Our extensive research tools provide a wealth of information for local governments, including:
- Sample Document Library: Search through thousands of local government documents selected and curated by MRSC staff, including policies, ordinances, RFPs, and more.
- City and County Websites Search: Search multiple city/county codes or websites at once
- City and Town Profiles: Get information on city populations, classification, form of government, officials, and more
- County Profiles: Get information on county populations and links to lists of officials and important documents
- Other tools related to local ballot measures, statutory competitive bidding requirements, utility liens and shutoffs, and more!
Webinars and Workshops
MRSC provides webinars and workshops on issues of interest to local governments, such as ethics, open government, procurement, budgeting, and more. Our staff members are also frequent speakers at local government conferences and events.
Our downloadable publications provide an in-depth look at key local government issues such as public records, open public meetings, budgeting, procurement, the roles and legal responsibilities of elected officials, and more.
Rosters to Connect with Businesses
MRSC provides its own roster service for local governments across Washington, connecting hundreds of local governments to thousands of businesses for public works, consulting services, and purchases. To sign up or learn more, visit MRSCrosters.org.
Our Electronic Bidding service for Washington local governments can significantly reduce the administrative effort involved in public bidding, increase bidder participation and satisfaction, and provide valuable reporting capabilities. To join or learn more, visit MRSC Rosters Electronic Bidding.
Webinar Overview of MRSC's Services
This 55-minute recorded webinar provides a comprehensive overview of MRSC's tools, resources, and information, along with tips on how to use MRSC’s website more effectively.