2019 Council of Chapters Summer Meeting

2019 Council of Chapters Summer Meeting
The Council of Chapters will be hosting its Summer Meeting Saturday, September 7, 2019.

All Delegates and Alternate Delegates must select one of the following registration options and their Task Force or Focus Group selection during the registration process.

Your registration options include: (please select one during the registration process.)
Option 1: Delegate
Option 2: Alternate Delegate
Option 3: Chapter Representative

Your Task Force and Focus Group options include: (please select one during the registration process.)
Advocacy Task Force
Chapter Historian Task Force
Marketing Focus Group
Membership Task Force
O & M Engagement Focus Group
Public Works Awareness Task Force
Public Works Workforce Task Force

Hotel Reservations
PWX Event and housing registration is now open.  Visit pwx.apwa.net to register.  The Council of Chapter & Technical Committee meetings will take place at the Westin Seattle Hotel.  Click here for details on how to book a room for PWX & the COC meetings.

Event Details:
For the meeting agenda and materials please visit clr.apwa.net/cocsummer.  

Information about getting around:
All PWX Official Hotels are within walking distance of the convention center.  While Seattle is easy to navigate with a wide variety of smart transportation options please note that traffic can be challenging. . Your best best for traveling between hotels and the convention center is a comfortable pair of walking shoes.  Please note the distance between the individual hotels and convention center.


9/7/2019 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Westin Seattle Hotel 1900 5th Ave Seattle, WA 98101


Saturday, 07 September 2019

This task force continues to work on establishing and increasing participation in the “APWA Advocacy Ambassador” program. This program intends to have each US APWA Chapter identify one member in their chapter to serve as the liaison between National APWA and the Chapters.

Chapter historians play a huge part in preserving a chapters history.  This group will look at ways chapters are tracking and preserving their history and how to designate or encourage a role(s) for a Chapter Historian.

APWA National and Chapters both play vital roles in communicating APWA products and services to its members. APWA employs a team of marketing professionals that can assist chapters in developing marketing tools and strategies that extend their reach, sell their benefits, and increase membership. Chapters are volunteers who know the industry and know the needs of their members, thus can provide useful feedback on how APWA can help chapters in their marketing efforts and provide the tools they need to succeed. The goal for this focus group is to leverage National and Chapter marketing resources and efforts to maximize APWA products and services and grow membership.

APWA Membership & Engagement staff have been actively developing strategies to enhance value to members and grow membership. There are four areas of focus – data analysis, member engagement, retention, and recruitment. Staff will share initiatives and findings to date, and seeks active feedback from the Membership Task Force.

What does engagement of an operator and maintenance worker look like for APWA? What tools, resources and benefits would an operator and maintenance worker gain thru APWA?  Some chapters offer conferences, education sessions and certification programs geared towards O &M workers.  What are model practices or ways that chapters can help to engage their O &M workers and promote APWA as a resource and/or benefit?

All too often the Public Works community is overlooked as a vital and necessary function in ensuring a finer quality of life.  Who knows what public works does? Why is it important? Who are we and what do we do? What are our success stories? Who is our audience and how do we get them to promote public works and our message? The purpose of this task force would be to look at ways to promote the awareness of public works and to share ideas and programs that other Chapters are deploying.

APWA has heard from members that there are significant challenges in recruiting, developing, and maintaining employees for Public Works positions.  Theories abound as to the reasons for the difficulties including a lack of awareness of public works as a career option, of qualified applicants with the required abilities, of programs to develop qualified applicants and of career growth opportunities for employees. A team of APWA staff members convened a working group to inventory and review current and past programs and career development, workforce, outreach programs and products.    An exhaustive review of programs and products found many successful endeavors but lacked an overarching comprehensive approach.

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