Local Cities Earn WellCity Awards
Olympia, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust has announced that the Town of Coulee Dam is one of 111 winners of its distinguished WellCity Award. This recognition is awarded to cities and public entities that met stringent WellCity standards, which demonstrate their commitment to employee health.
Award winners are all part of AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust, a health insurance pool that provides coverage to more than14,000 employees and family members across the state. When an employer meets the WellCity standards, they earn a 2% discount on their medical premiums. For Coulee Dam this is estimated to be $3500.00.
“Employers that place employee health among their core values, and demonstrate that belief through healthy workplace policies, environments, and wellness programs, empower their employees to value and maintain good health. Both the city and the community benefit from more productive employees, it’s a win for everyone,” said Luann Hopkins, AWC Interim CEO.
A complete list of the cities that earned this year’s award can be found at www.awcnet.org/wellcityawards.
Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that provides legislative representation, educational training, technical assistance, municipal liability insurance, health insurance and other services to Washington's cities and towns.
Coulee Dam was recently re-designated as a Tree City USA by the WA State Department of Natural Resources after 10 years away from the program. To qualify as a Tree City USA community the town of Coulee Dam was required to meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards are: maintain a Tree Board or Department, have a Tree Care Ordinance in place, have a Community Forestry Program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and promote Arbor Day with an observance and proclamation. These four standards provide the framework and direction for the strategic management of our community trees. Annual celebrations of Arbor Day provides the opportunity to educate our citizens about the value of tree resources, the importance of sustainable tree management. The Tree City USA program is a community improvement initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Tree City USA status creates a strong working relationship with state forestry agency and other conservation groups in the form of grants, education, and other support.