Snow Conference coming to Columbus

Public works professionals who have known the chaos caused by a heavy snowstorm will be helped by the ideas tossed out at the 42nd Annual North American Snow Conference. The premier event for snow and ice management will take place April 14-16 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Sponsored by the American Public Works Association and hosted by APWA's Ohio Chapter, the conference will bring together more than 1,000 participants to learn about the latest innovations, successful practices, and strategies in winter operations and snowfighting techniques.

General sessions feature professional keynote speakers. Jeff Tobe will present "Coloring Outside the Lines" at the opening session on Sunday, April 14. Public works officials know that as budgets shrink and demand for services increases, we must be open to creative approaches to ordinary and new challenges. Jeff Tobe helps participants to step outside their comfort zones and tap into their own innate creativity to enhance both their professional and personal lives.

Explorer and entrepreneur Jeff MacInnis will present the closing session on Tuesday, April 16. MacInnis achieved a four hundred-year-old impossible challenge when he led the first team to sail the Northwest Passage—100 days covering 2,500 miles in an 18-foot boat—surviving one of the harshest environments on the face of this planet. He was also a member of the first team to journey overland from London to New York, a grueling around-the-world journey. In athletics, MacInnis competed on the Canadian National Ski Team, racing and winning in World Cup events. Jeff MacInnis's message will show us that accomplishing our dreams is possible if we trust in ourselves and others.

Over 30 concurrent educational sessions will be presented as well, with titles ranging from "Fixed Automated Anti-Icing Systems" to "Taking Care of Winter Operations Equipment is Big Business." Those who attend each year reap the benefits of hearing professional and technical speakers and engaging in interactive sessions. Each year, the roundtable discussion groups are also very popular and provide an invaluable forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues from around the country.

In addition to the educational program offerings, the exhibit floor offers a unique learning experience. More than 120 companies will participate, demonstrating the very latest products, services, and technologies available in snow fighting and winter road maintenance. Plenty of non-compete exhibit time, when no educational sessions are scheduled, provides ample time to see what's new, participate in hands-on demonstrations, and network with manufacturers, distributors, and other snowfighters on the exhibit floor.

The Ohio Chapter is proud to be hosting this year's conference in Columbus, a great city with much to offer conference attendees. A wide range of attractions—including world-renowned Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the COSI science center—makes Columbus an ideal place to bring the entire family. Shops, restaurants, and attractions are abundant throughout the city, including the Arena District and the Short North-both just a short walk from the official conference hotel. To learn more about Columbus, visit the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.columbuscvb.org.

The Snow Conference officially ends with the banquet on Tuesday evening, April 16. But make plans to stay an extra day to participate in the Ohio Invitational Roadeo on April 17. Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation and APWA's Ohio Chapter, this event features a specially-designed course to test the skills of a number of professional equipment operators.

Anyone responsible for snow removal and ice control would benefit from attending the 2002 North American Snow Conference. See the following four pages for more details on the conference and a registration form. For the first time this year, you can also register on-line at www.apwa.net. For more information or to receive a copy of the complete preview program, contact APWA at 816-472-6100 or at snow@apwa.net.