And the winners are…

Ann Daniels
Director of Technical Services
APWA Kansas City Office

Lights, camera, action. Drumroll. The envelope, please. Ah, yes. The winners of the 2003 Emerging Public Works Leaders Forum are…you, and you, and you, your agency, your chapter, and APWA! Wow. How impressive.

Were you aware of the Emerging Public Works Leaders Forum and the great potential it provides for so many individuals and groups? If not, here’s the rest of the story.

The program is open to public works professionals who have been in the field of public works, supervisory position or not, for five years or less, and have not previously attended an International Congress, and to mentor/coaches who have been in the field for many years and are willing to share their experiences and expertise with those following them.

The program has been updated for this fourth year’s event in response to the comments and recommendations from previous attendees. More emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for mentors to interact with their designated Emerging Leader, exploration of careers in the field of public works, and interaction with their peers through an expanded program.

Both Mentors and Leaders will meet for an informal social hour on Saturday evening, August 23, in San Diego, California. Assigned Mentors and Leaders will have the opportunity to get acquainted and make plans for the remainder of the week’s activities.

On Sunday morning, the Emerging Leaders will participate in the First Timers Meeting at 8:00 a.m. Following this event, the entire group will move to the Opening General Session where they will have reserved seating and be recognized. Participating in the Opening Ceremonies to the Exhibition will be a fun experience while watching the special entertainment lead the parade.

The group will enjoy the luncheon provided on the Exhibit Floor on Sunday as they begin a Public Works Scavenger Hunt which will help them get acquainted with the exhibits, exhibitors, APWA dignitaries, and the public works professionals from all around the world who will be participating. Lunch will be provided each day and the Scavenger Hunt will continue through lunch on Wednesday with special prizes being awarded during the Roundtable Discussion that day.

The Emerging Leaders will be recognized as Guests of Honor at the Annual Banquet on Wednesday evening and will be seated as a group.

Qualifying Emerging Public Works Leaders can participate in the program for the greatly reduced registration fee of $225, which includes all those events mentioned above, as well as full participation in all educational sessions during Congress. That’s a dramatic savings from the full registration of $500. Mentors will be expected to register as they normally would, but will receive a special recognition gift for their participation.

Chapters are encouraged to publicize information about this newly-improved program to potential participants and to Mentors. Your help will be paramount in making this program a success.

The first 50 Emerging Leaders will be accepted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage chapters to seek out participants, offer your support (even with scholarships from the chapter, if you choose), approve the applications and recommend a Mentor from your chapter.

Packets of information can be received by contacting Ann Daniels, Director of Technical Services, at 800-848-APWA, ext. 3547, or by e-mail at

Registration deadline is July 15, so don’t delay. Applications received after that date will be processed as long as space allows.

Not everyone can win an Oscar or Emmy, but everyone can benefit from participation in this program. Mark your calendar now to seek out a qualified Emerging Leader candidate and, maybe, even volunteer to serve as a Mentor.