Snow professionals heading for Lexington

Plans are set for North American Snow Conference


If spring blizzards don't keep them home, more than 1,000 ace snowfighters of the United States and Canada will meet in April to discuss the stickiest—or iciest—snow problems.

Indeed, the most comprehensive conference on snow and ice management in North America—APWA's North American Snow Conference—takes place April 25-28, 2004 in beautiful Lexington, located in the heart of Kentucky's famous and scenic Bluegrass Region.

Located at downtown's Lexington Convention Center, the 2004 Snow Conference offers a unique learning experience, combining three days of quality education with opportunities to network with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other public works professionals. Attendees will discover the latest snow and ice control trends and technologies by visiting the exhibit floor and attending the best educational sessions in winter maintenance. Three dynamic general sessions will be presented, along with over 30 educational sessions and roundtables on anti-icing, fleet and equipment, chemical selection, operations management, GPS/AVL, RWIS, and more.

APWA has been the public works community's top resource for information and expertise on winter operations planning for more than four decades. Join us for the 44th annual North American Snow Conference—we'll inform, inspire and motivate you to professional excellence!

The Best Exhibits in Public Works
More than 100 companies will showcase all the products and technologies you need in snow and ice management and winter operations. You can see what's new, collect information to make wiser purchasing decisions, compare products and services, and network with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other snowfighters. For a current list of exhibitors, visit the Snow Conference section of the APWA website at www.apwa.net/meetings/snow.

General Sessions and Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session - Sunday, April 25. Dr. Carl Hurley, a nationally recognized educator-humorist from Kentucky, will be the featured speaker at the Opening General Session. Drawing from his roots in the tradition of such American humorists as Andy Griffith and Garrison Keillor, Hurley, a former professor of education at Eastern Kentucky University, mixes wit and academic insight as he reflects on life as viewed by a native of the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky.

Born in 1941 in a two-room cabin built by his father on a three-acre hillside farm, Hurley came from a family of "talkers" and spent endless hours listening to aunts, uncles and cousins swapping yarns and stories that were richly embellished after years of telling.

At the time, the idea of "making people laugh" was a fascinating but far-flung idea for the young Hurley. Little did he realize how a career in education would eventually deliver him on stage in front of audiences imparting important lessons of life in the storytelling style of his upbringing, garnering him the title of "America's Funniest Professor." Don't miss out as Carl Hurley spins a yarn for you.

General Session "Talk Show" - Monday, April 26. Are snow ordinances enforced in your community? Do you have a public and media communication strategy? You want citizen appreciation, and at the same time you need them to be cooperative to get your job done. In this face-to-face "talk show" style session, a panel of public works and winter operations leaders will give you the honest answers on what works in their community and what doesn't. Come prepared, as this interactive session will give you ample time to ask questions.

Panelists include Barry Belcourt, Director of Road Maintenance, City of Edmonton, Alberta, and member of APWA's Winter Maintenance Subcommittee; Kevin Koch, P.E., Chief Highway Engineer, Philadelphia Department of Streets, and member of the Winter Maintenance Subcommittee; and Jerry Pickett, Streets Superintendent, City of Greeley, Colorado, and former member of the Winter Maintenance Subcommittee.

Closing General Session - Tuesday, April 27. Now you can harness the awesome power of humor in your personal and professional life. Producing laughter is a skill you can use to benefit yourself as well as others. Besides, it's fun!

Tim Gard, CSP, nationally recognized humorist and authority on stress reduction through humor, will help you unlock the power of your own "Comic Vision," improving your relationships and turning adversity into an advantage. Watch as Tim masterfully blends his unique experiences as a student, U.S. sailor, state welfare worker/investigator, federal employee, salesman, factory worker and small business owner into an entertaining and meaningful presentation you won't want to end.

Let's Get Educated
More than 30 concurrent educational sessions will be presented at the conference, with titles ranging from "Utilizing Melters for Snow Elimination" to "A Leader's Role in Snow and Ice Operations." 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 various countries.

Technical Tour/Program
Wednesday morning is dedicated entirely to a technical tour and program, covered in more detail below. The technical tour and program are included in the registration fee as a part of the Snow Conference educational program.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Traffic Management Center. Visit Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's award-winning Traffic Management Center where all the area's traffic signaling is managed and controlled. With camera displays of critical intersections and roadways and real-time traffic signal control, the system provides the ability to manage and adjust traffic flows during major sporting events, concerts, other special events and traffic accidents.

Hands-On Anti-Icing Equipment Demonstration and Training. Kick tires at the City of Lexington's equipment yard and get hands-on anti-icing training. You'll have plenty of time to walk around the trucks and ask questions of the experts. This technical program will incorporate classroom training on how anti-icing works with live demonstrations of pre-wetting at the spinner and salt brine applications. You'll leave this session with the tools to implement an anti-icing program of your own or improve your existing one. Visit www.apwa.net/meetings/snow for details of the municipal and DOT trucks being demonstrated including the Ohio Department of Transportation's new prototype tandem.

Old Kentucky Night
Traditional tales of home-cooked meals "Down on the Farm" will come to life at APWA's Old Kentucky Night at the Kentucky Horse Park. Our hosts, the Bluegrass Branch of the APWA Kentucky Chapter, will show us what Southern Hospitality is all about.

Set on 1,200 acres surrounded by 30 miles of white plank fencing and located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region, the Kentucky Horse Park is a fascinating place to visit. It's a working horse farm and educational theme park dedicated to "man's relationship with the horse." The only park of its kind in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park features more than 50 breeds of horses, barns and horse paddocks, two outstanding museums, twin theaters, horse drawn tours, walking tours, hayrides, horseback riding and pony rides, an array of horse shows and equine presentations, and exciting special events throughout the year. The familiar sight of horses in the fields throughout the park is a constant reminder of their beauty and strength. A visit to the Kentucky Horse Park is the experience of a lifetime.

APWA will have exclusive use of the Kentucky Horse Park for our Old Kentucky Night event on Tuesday evening, April 27. The evening will begin with a special welcome reception in the Courtyard, where you can get "up close and personal" with a few of the park's residents and visit with their handlers and trainers. Then enjoy a Kentucky-style barbeque pork and fried chicken buffet dinner and a slice of pecan pie, while listening to the sounds of one of the best bluegrass bands around.

There will be plenty of other activities to keep you entertained as well. You can tour the park while relaxing on a bale of hay atop a tractor-pulled wagon, or enjoy a stroll through the beautiful grounds and meet some of the horses that call the Kentucky Horse Park home. Be sure to visit the majestic sculpture, memorial and burial site of the great Thoroughbred, Man O'War—one of the greatest racehorses to ever live (at his gravesite, you can compare Man O'War's unbelievable 28-foot stride with your own). The International Museum of the Horse will be open for APWA guests, as will the Visitors Center and Gift Shop.

This special event is included in full attendee and guest/spouse registrations. Additional tickets are $50 each and can be purchased with your registration.

Bluegrass Branch Golf Scramble
The Bluegrass Branch of the APWA Kentucky Chapter is sponsoring a Golf Scramble for Education at Picadome Golf Course on Saturday, April 25. It's a four-person scramble, shotgun start, includes lunch and prizes, and refreshment carts will be circulating during the tournament. Transportation from the official Snow Conference hotels can be arranged on request. Entry fee is $75 per person. For more information and to register, contact Annette Cook at annettec@lfucg.com or (859) 425-2811. Plan to arrive in Lexington just one day early and participate in this fun optional event.

About Lexington...
The City of Lexington is located in the famous Bluegrass Region, a thriving area nestled in the heart of Kentucky. It's the perfect combination of breathtaking countryside and cosmopolitan amenities. With more than 450 horse farms in the area, Lexington is known as the Horse Capitol of the World. Some of its wealthiest residents are horses—and queens, counts and sheiks are frequent visitors.

Lexington is a great place to visit, with plenty of museums, historic homes, art galleries, shopping opportunities, and restaurants to please a variety of tastes—and much of this is located within walking distance of the Snow Conference hotels.

For more information about Lexington and the Kentucky Bluegrass Region, visit the Lexington Convention Bureau website at www.visitlex.com.

Register Now!
Anyone responsible for snow removal and ice control would benefit from attending the 2004 North American Snow Conference. Registration can be performed online at www.apwa.net/meetings/snow. For more information or to receive a copy of the complete preview program, contact APWA at (800) 848-APWA or at snow@apwa.net.