Revenue Offers Free Webinar About Taxes For NPOs

Nonprofit organizations in Washington have many responsibilities, including knowing which taxes they may owe. Unlike other states, Washington nonprofit organizations do not have a blanket tax exemption at the state level. To help nonprofits understand how taxes apply to their activities, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) will host a free live webinar for nonprofit organizations.

Date: Oct. 8, 2014 Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Registration: Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following:

· Your name

· Company name

· Phone number

· E-mail address

The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements that may apply to your activities. The webinar facilitator will answer specific questions at the end of the webinar, time permitting. The Revenue website at www.dor.wa.gov/Workshops offers a complete schedule of in-person business workshops held around the state and short video versions of the workshops.

September 25, 2014

Volunteers Still Needed To Count Bicyclists And Pedestrians

Spokane, Tacoma among cities with greatest need for help. OLYMPIA – Calling all volunteers: It’s not too late to help with Washington’s seventh annual bicycle and pedestrian count taking place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in cities across the state. In 2013, about 275 volunteers counted more than 66,000 people who walked or biked to their destination. This year, about 400 volunteers are needed in more than 40 cities planning to participate in the annual survey.The Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club began recruiting volunteers in mid-August to tally the number of people bicycling and walking along paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and trails.

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Greening Capitol Way

Help us Re-envision Capitol Way as a Greener, More Vibrant Streetscape! Join us Monday, September 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Olympia Center to share your ideas and collaborate with fellow members of the community to re-envision the Capitol Way streetscape from the Farmer’s Market to the Capitol Campus as part of the EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals Program. All community members are invited!

About the Program
The City of Olympia is one of three capital cities selected this year to receive assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greening America’s Capitals Program. EPA is providing Olympia with a team of professional designers with expertise in urban design, green infrastructure, and transportation. The design team will help us to incorporate sustainable design strategies into the Capitol Way corridor. Goals for the project include creating a stronger connection between downtown and the Capitol Campus, integrating green infrastructure to treat stormwater runoff, enhance economic vitality downtown, and support a distinctive downtown neighborhood.

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McLane Creek Basin Community Workshop Set for October 9

Meeting conducted at the McLane Grange on Delphi Road.  OLYMPIA -- Thurston County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) will host a McLane Creek Basin community workshop on Thursday, Oct. 9, giving residents an opportunity to discuss ways to protect and improve water quality.

The workshop is from 6-8PM at the McLane Grange, 931 Delphi Rd. SW, Olympia. The evening will begin with an open house, followed by a formal project presentation and small-group discussions.

The workshop is part of Guiding Growth—Healthy Watersheds: Science to Local Policy, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant-funded project that focuses on select basins draining into Puget Sound, including McLane Creek Basin, Black Lake Basin and Woodard Creek Basin.  

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