The 2016 Call for Presentations is closed.

Submitters will be notified in February 2016 whether or not their proposals were selected for presentation.

No matter your role in public works, there is something for everyone at PWX. Public works professionals from both the public and private sectors attend year after year to stay up-to-date on emerging trends, and innovative practices and strategies. The exhibit floor attracts approximately 300 companies who come to demonstrate their state-of-the-art products and services.

Speakers at APWA’s Congress are people like you who have met the challenge of managing public works projects and organizations. They view speaking at PWX as a chance to advance their careers and to invest in the future of the public works profession by sharing what they know.

What topics are we looking for?

(Don’t feel limited by these topic suggestions; out-of-the box thinking is encouraged)

APWA’s PWX provides education about all public works disciplines:

State-of-Art Operations

  • Roads, Streets, Bridges (pavement performance, work zone safety, snow and ice control, etc.)
  • Traffic Engineering (street, arterial, and intersection design, traffic calming, community mobility issues, etc.)
  • Right-of-Way Issues
  • Solid Waste Management Issues
  • Engineering and Technology (emerging design and technology trends)
  • Emergency Management/Preparedness and Infrastructure Security Issues
  • Fleet Services and Management (maintenance and replacement practices, green fleet issues, emissions reduction, customer service, shop and parts management, etc.)
  • Facilities Management (inventory systems, condition assessments, green design, LEED certification, public works yard management, etc.)
  • Urban Forestry (sidewalk issues, tree replacement programs, recycling green waste, etc.)
  • Construction Management (project management, project delivery systems, bidding, contracting, etc.
  • Stormwater and Flood Control
  • Water and Wastewater

Current and Emerging Trends

  • Economic, societal, technology, and demographic trends and their impact on public works services
  • Sustainable public works design and operations, smart growth, low impact development, climate change impacts on infrastructure planning, renewable energy,
  • Workforce issues, emerging technologies and new uses for current technologies

The Business Side of Public Works

  • Public/private partnerships
  • Financing public projects and impact of federal economic stimulus program
  • Budgeting
  • Communicating with elected officials, residents, and employees
  • Media relations and public/community involvement

Public Works Leadership

  • Core values and competencies of the best public works leaders
  • Critical issues facing public works today and visions for the future
  • Human resource issues (employee recruitment, retention, motivation, etc.)
  • Systems thinking related to public works services and infrastructure planning.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submission Deadline: The 2016 Call for Presentations closes on October 1, 2015.
  • Learning Objectives: All proposals must include three (3) learning objectives that indicate exactly how the attendee will benefit from the presentation. Instructions for developing appropriate learning objectives are included on the online form.
  • Session Length: Please indicate the expected length of your presentation (50, 75, 90, 120 minutes). APWA will try to allocate your requested number of minutes, however due to space limitations and time constraints, we may be asking you to shorten your presentation or perhaps to combine your presentation with similar-themed submissions into a longer time block.
  • Scheduling: Due to the complexity of determining topic placement, we are unable to accommodate specific date and time requests. Make sure that your proposal speakers are available to present on any day and time beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2016 and through the morning of Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
  • No Sales-pitches Please: Direct promotions of products, services, or monetary self-interest are not appropriate education sessions. APWA members are traditionally vocal in their displeasure with sessions that appear to be sales presentations or promotions. APWA audiences prefer sessions that present case studies from the user perspective.
  • Registration and travel expenses: Speakers at APWA’s PWX are also considered attendees of the event and are expected to pay their own travel expenses and the appropriate member or non-member registration fee. 
  • Speakers that plan to attend only on the day of their presentation may be eligible for a complimentary single-day registration.
  • Paid Professional Trainers and Speakers are welcome to use the Online Submission Form, but be sure to check the “paid speaker” box.

How Are Presentations Selected?

All submissions are reviewed and evaluated by a committee of public works professionals representing various public works disciplines. The evaluation process is competitive based on these criteria: (1) Relevance and Clarity (learning objectives are clearly stated using active verbs indicating exactly what the benefit would be to the learners); (2) Practical Application (presentation provides take-away knowledge material that can used by the learners in their day-to-day work settings); (3) Leading-edge (presentation addresses critical issues, emerging trends, innovative methods and technologies); (4) Systems thinking (evidence of systems-thinking regarding public works operations);  (5) Balance (the review committee will review for balance to ensure that all of the public works disciplines have a representative number of presentations and that no one speaker or organization is disproportionately represented.)