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Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR)  The Importance of "If You See Something, Say Something" in Public Works. Public Works employees are in a unique position to be eyes and ears in our communities, especially when it comes to public safety .  We have thousands of employees that provide a broad spectrum of services that touch the lives of every individual.  Our work provides opportunities to observe and report suspicious activities.  This webinar will discuss the “National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative” and the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.  It will highlight why it is important that public works professionals receive SAR training and report suspicious activities.  Also, what is a Fusion Center?  Why are they important.  What do they have to do with Suspicious Activity Reporting?  10-11 AM Central time
When: January 24, 2019

$tretching your Green Infrastructure Dollars: Case studies in maintenance costs and Level of Service. Case studies from two communities will be presented by different speakers.  Over the last 20 years, the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan has built 124 rain gardens and bio-swales in public spaces. Although rain gardens have been successful at reducing pollutant loads, our 30 acres of green stormwater infrastructure created a new challenge: maintenance. In 2015, the City of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office collaborated to formalize the maintenance of the 124 rain gardens. Maintenance schedules and expenditures for each rain garden have been implemented and refined over the last three years. Three case studies will be highlighted showing varied plant designs, spillways and public support. For each case study, a multi-pronged approach has proven successful in implementing the maintenance plan. The variety of rain gardens installed in Ann Arbor have provided the opportunity to learn many lessons and rules of thumb for design. Recommendations for designs that can simplify maintenance, focusing on plant selection, spillway design, size considerations and public involvement will be detailed. The lessons learned from maintenance in Ann Arbor’s rain gardens can be used to improve designs, create realistic budgets and foster positive partnerships.10-11 AM Central time
When: February 28, 2019

In 2018, China – the No. 1 destination for US recyclables – cracked down on imports of “recyclables” that contained trash, and had even stopped taking certain materials altogether.  Referred to as the “Chinese Sword” this policy decision has driven up the cost of business for US recycling facilities, which in turn started significantly increasing fees they charge municipalities and assessing substantial penalties for contamination.  These higher recycling costs have caused some cities to consider eliminating curbside recycling.   During this session, participants will be provided with an update on the Chinese Sword, presented with case studies on how municipalities have offset higher recycling processing fees by decreasing collection costs through technology and routing efficiency, and strategies to reduce contamination in recyclables.  10-11 AM Central time
When: March 14, 2019

Model Inventory of Roadway Elements - MIRE, is the collection of data for transportation professions to make data drive safety decisions.   MIRE can be used to perform analyses supporting the strategic and performance-based goals in SHSP and HSIP.  This presentation will focus on the two Local Road Fundamental Data Elements (FDE's) for Paved and Unpaved Roads.  10-11 AM Central time
When: March 28, 2019

A group of speakers will discuss how various current and emerging technologies, such as GIS, aerial drones, asset management systems, smart vehicles, and others are changing how Public Works leaders are managing their responsibilities. The discussion will cover how to prepare to use, implement, and sustain the technology in a range of settings and operations. The speakers will discuss the requirements for skills and tools, along with management support, that must be in place prior to implementation and utilization of technology, and to institutionalize the capability. Common pitfalls of using technology will be outlined, along with benefits that can be obtained. This presentation will cover some of APWA’s top trending technologies.  10-11 AM Central time
When: April 11, 2019

Learn how cities are striving to become a global leader in environmental sustainability, balancing economic growth while preserving natural resources. To this end, cities are becoming more circular, a new, regenerative economic model designed to produce zero waste and the potential to generate hundreds of jobs and significant revenue.  10-11 AM Central time
When: April 25, 2019