APWA Chapter Leaders' Announcements 7.22.19

  • ELA Applications due August 2
  • Committee nomination pages now open
  • 34 chapters will receive the PACE Award in Seattle
  • Chapter Leaders Forum slated for September 8
  • Networking and training sessions set for PWX
  • PWX Attendee list for Chapter Dinner Promotion
  • International Ambassador Program looking for Ambassadors
  • Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate Program available

ELA Applications Due August 2

Encourage someone to apply today!
The Emerging Leaders Academy provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works.
It encourages professional growth through a strong network of peers and offers an in-depth introduction to APWA at the national, chapter and branch levels.

The candidates must be professionals who have been working in the field of public works for no more than ten years or have been working for longer than ten years but have been promoted into their first leadership role within the past three years. Candidates shall have demonstrated an interest in advancing their careers within the profession.
To learn how to apply for the program or for more information, click here.

Committee Nomination pages now open

Nominations for 2020 national committee positions are now available.

The process has begun earlier this year than in the past. It traditionally began in January. Anyone interested in serving on a technical or standing committee or for an external appointment should go to www.apwa.net/nominations to learn more and to nominate yourself or someone else.
In January, all those who have nominated themselves will be notified to confirm continued interest and availability for consideration. 
Please contact Teresa Hon at thon@apwa.net with any questions. 

34 Chapters will receive the PACE Award in Seattle

There will be 34 chapters that receive the PACE (Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence) for this year. All 34 will be recognized in Seattle at the Awards Recognition Ceremony.  

The following PACE recipients are: Alberta, Arizona, California Central Coast, Chicago Metro, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas City Metro, Louisiana, Mid-Atlantic, Minnesota, Missouri, Monterey Bay, Nebraska, Nevada, New England, New York Metro, North Carolina, Northern California, Ohio, Oregon, Sacramento, San Diego/Imperial Counties, Silicon Valley, South Carolina, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Ventura County, Washington State and Wisconsin.
Chapters are encouraged to have representatives attend the Awards ceremony. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.  

Chapter Leaders Forum Slated for September 8

The annual Chapter Leaders Forum at PWX is scheduled for 3:00 – 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, September 8 in the Tahoma Room of the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

The Forum is traditionally one of the most well-attended of any of the events tailored for chapter leaders. As in the last few years, the format for the Forum will again be round-table discussions on a variety of topics where chapter leaders can learn from leaders in other chapters.
Here is a tentative list of the table topics for this year’s event:
Handling Chapter FinancesGain tips on best practices to implement a plan to manage your chapter and branch finances from APWA Staff and volunteers who serve as Chapter Treasurers.  
Implementing a Grassroots Chapter Advocacy ProgramEngaging members with elected officials doesn’t have to be scary. Advocacy can be addressed in many ways. Share your best practices and suggestions with your peers at this session.
Young ProfessionalsOutreach How have chapters been successful in recruiting and engaging young professionals? This is a topic applicable to all chapters, both large and small. Be ready to share ideas and ask your questions.
Chapter Leader Basics – What should you know before taking on a chapter leader position?  This session is ideal for leaders at any level to exchange simple ideas and suggestions to make the most of your leadership experience.
SponsorshipsIdeas on successful sponsorship programs for luncheons, conferences and golf tournaments are just a few of the topics that will be discussed at this table.
Strategic Planning for Chapter SuccessIs your chapter in need of creating a plan to strategize for current and future growth? Questions, ideas, processes and lessons learned will be shared.
Annual Conferences & Equipment ShowsLearn and exchange ideas from those chapters who host annual or biannual conferences and equipment shows.  If your chapter is interested in starting an Equipment Roadeo, this is the table for you.
O & M engagement– Getting frontline public works employees interested in APWA has been a long-time challenge.  What are any chapters doing to reach out to that audience and bring them into the association?
Leadership Skills for Chapter LeadersBeing a leader in a volunteer organization is different than leading an agency or firm.  What are some basic leadership skills that will help you in your role as a chapter leader?
Accreditation – How it Can Help A Chapter – Having agencies in your chapter that are officially Accredited is a great way to showcase the quality of the public works professionals and it can help raise the level of appreciation for the profession. How can the chapter get involved in the process?
Chapter Public Works Institutes – Hear from chapters that are currently offering Public Works Institutes and the benefits to the chapter and to the members.
Diversity & Inclusion in your Chapter – There is a great deal of talk about diversity and being inclusive in the public works profession and in APWA. Hear from chapters that are making it a reality.
In addition, there will once again be a “Help Desk,” manned by APWA staffers, in case a Chapter Leader has a specific issue or question that could be resolved by the staff. 

Networking and Training Sessions Set for PWX

There are a great many networking and training sessions planned for chapter leaders at PWX in addition to the Chapter Leaders Forum.

Here are just some of the education sessions of interest to chapter leaders:
Sunday, September 8
3:00 – 4:50 p.m.- Aspiring to Leadership in Public Works? (The Myron Calkins "Excellence in Leadership" Series Presentation)- This is a must for any public works professional who wants to move into a leadership role.
Monday, September 9
5:00 - 6:15 p.m. - APWA Awards and Recognition Ceremony – Join in the celebration to recognize individuals, chapters and organizations for their outstanding contributions to public works and APWA.
Tuesday, September 10
8:00 a.m. – noon - National Equipment Roadeo Events- Come out and support chapter participants in the third National APWA Equipment Roadeo.
9:45 - 11:00 a.m. - Great Ideas from APWA Chapters– There are great ideas coming from APWA’s 63 chapters every day. Find out which ones are the most applicable to your chapter.
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. – I Came Up with This - Innovations to Take Back to Work – This session is presented by APWA’s Young Professionals (YP) Committee and provides an opportunity to engage with YPs who will share their stories about how they have helped spur changes in perspective and in operational processes within their organizations.
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.  – Technology is your Chapter’s Friend – See how you can utilize the latest technology to communicate better with your members and to help your chapter in a litany of ways.
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. – Chapter Education Exchange – Share your chapter’s most successful programs and find out about other chapter’s programs.  Ask questions and learn from your peers.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Finance Essentials for Chapter Leaders - All chapter leaders who might become a chapter treasurer, plus chapter presidents, administrators and current treasurers will want to attend this session.

PWX Attendee list for Chapter Dinner Promotion

Requests for a list of those attending PWX in from your chapters in order to promote the chapter dinner should go to Taylor Abbate, Meetings Coordinator, at tabbate@apwa.net
Due to the high volume of requests chapters are asked to limit their request to these dates:
August 5
August 26 

International Ambassador Program looking for Ambassadors

To better welcome international attendees to PWX 2019, APWA is looking for volunteers for the APWA International Ambassador program. This program will allow international attendees to be paired up with APWA members or “Ambassadors.” The goal is to help the international participant network with fellow public works professionals and to provide a better overall PWX experience or those attending from other countries.

Why Should You Become Involved?
• The APWA International Ambassador program is flexible. The Ambassador and the international attendee can work out the logistics, so that it works with PWX schedules for both;
 • The APWA International Ambassador can share their expertise with an international attendee and that can help to foster new international professional relationships.
Participation as an Ambassador involves:
1. Connect with the international attendee at least once before PWX via e-mail or phone.
2. Attend the Opening General Session, Get Acquainted Party and International Reception with the International PWX attendee.
3. Meet with the international attendee at least once on site at PWX (coffee, attend an educational session together; visit their booth [if they are an exhibitor]; have them attend your Chapter Dinner) based on their interest and your schedules.
4. Help the international attendee network at the PWX by introducing him or her to some of your colleagues.
5. Remain available to your international attendee throughout PWX as they have questions about the host city, PWX program, or any other issues that might arise. 
It is as simple as that! To sign up to be an APWA Ambassador, or if you have questions about the program, contact Lillie Yvette Salinas at lsalinas@apwa.net. APWA will then pair you up with an international attendee and e-mail you their contact information prior to PWX. 
Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate Program Available
The Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate Program is geared toward the staff behind the wheel during winter operations and complements the learning priorities of the Supervisor Certificate Workshop by focusing on:

  • Providing a basic understanding of winter operations
  • Increasing operator understanding of winter materials and how they work
  • Providing an overview of winter equipment and its upkeep
  • Encouraging enhanced communication between fleet personnel and operators
  • Discussing winter operations for operators

The overall goal of the program is to create more effective, efficient, equitable and environmentally friendly snow and ice control operations.
To learn how your chapter can offer this program, click here:(https://www.apwa.net/MyApwa/Apwa_Public/Education_and_Events/Winter_Maintenance_Operator_Certificate.aspx