I would like to take this time to give our members a Chapter update and mention some of the board initiatives that we have been working on over the past few months. The Board has been busy this year, and with only a few months left before next years installation, let me catch you up on what we have been working on.
As I mentioned previously, the APWA Arizona Chapter will be transitioning to a fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, (from the traditional Calendar year as we have been operating). We have been preparing our budget and financials to adjust to this change. This will effect a few things you may notice. Most significantly will be our Board Transition. Later this month you will have the opportunity to vote for 2 new board members, as well as retaining some of the current Directors. In order to complete this transition to a fiscal year, the board term for this go around, will be 18 months for the President, President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer, and 2 ½ year terms for the Directors. Your email ballot will be sent out after the October 19th Luncheon. As APWA members, please take the time to vote for your choice in board leadership for the coming years. Make sure you are receiving APWA emails prior to the 20th of October. Email Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know if you are not receiving emails or meeting notices.
In addition, members of the board have developed a spreadsheet to capture all of our chapter efforts each year regarding our outreach with membership, community events, professional development, programing, diversity, communication, government affairs, awards, and other committee outreach. This will ensure we have the information annually to submit for the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE Award). We have also updated our Bylaws and Chapter Manual. Some of the items on our to-do list include: developing a strong Young Leaders Program, Mentorship Program, and strengthening our Government Affairs participation. On October 21st members of the Board and the Committees will be meeting for our annual day-long 2017 Strategic Planning Session at the Town of Prescott Valley.
Our Committees and Sub-Committee have worked hard this year to provide valuable information and service to our members. We are in need of volunteers to join the committees. For example, our Awards Committee is actively looking for new members; the Public Works Institute is looking for a few members for their sub-committee; and, if you are a young professional, please consider becoming a member of the Practicing Young Professionals Committee. Committee involvement is a great opportunity to make decisions, meet with peers, and improve the association in many ways. Check out the committee list on the website, new members are always welcome.
A few dates to note – you can register for these events on the website. October 12th – Equipment Show & Rodeo, Prescott Rodeo Grounds, Northern Arizona Branch October 17-19 – Public Works Institute (PWI), Tempe Transportation Center October 19th – APWA Chapter Luncheon and Board Nomination Announcements, Phoenix Country Club October 21st – Strategic Planning Session, Town of Prescott Valley, Library Building
Save the Date November 16th – APWA / ASCE Annual Joint Luncheon, Phoenix Country Club December 12th – Holiday Party & 2017 Board Installations, 3-6 pm, Aunt Chiladas, Phoenix
Sincerely, Loretta Flick ARIZONA CHAPTER PRESIDENT
NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Name and Title: Duc V. Dao, Senior Project Engineer at Wood Patel & Associates
With APWA Since: Recently became a member in June 2016
Describe your job responsibilities: I recently joined Wood Patel & Associates in March 2016 and work in the Hydrology Group, which is part of the Public Works Department. As Senior Project Engineer, I provide drainage analysis and design of water resources projects and studies for both public and private clients.
What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? The majority of my work for the last 10 years has been performing final design on large flood control projects, mainly for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. While all of these projects were challenging and rewarding, I think my favorite was the Bethany Home Outfall Channel Reach D project. We came up with some great value engineering solutions to reduce impacts and resolve potential utility conflicts, including encasing a transite duct bank inside a weir structure to eliminate the conflict. We also designed a pass-through structure to eliminate a conflict with an irrigation line. We helped negotiate an agreement with SRP to construct a storm drain on their property, which reduced structural impact to homes along the original alignment proposed in the pre-design.
Where have your travels taken you? I was able to return to my home country of Vietnam 10 years ago. I had not been back for over 30 years after immigrating to America in 1975. I was able to tour the entire country. It was great to see how much the country has changed and improved from when I left it. My dream would be to tour Europe, but these days, my travels are just to states neighboring Arizona camping in my travel trailer.
Name one thing not many people know about you: I completed Ironman Boulder in August of 2014, which is a 140.6-mile race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112 miles of cycling, and a full marathon. I did not know how to swim before this and had to have 4 swimming coaches to learn the proper technique of endurance swimming.
APWA NEW MEMBERS
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Top Capital Programs in Arizona – FY 17-21
By Rebekah Morris, Publisher of the AZ Builder’s Exchange, LLC
The Top 10 Capital Improvement Programs (CIP) in Arizona represent a projected $15.4B investment in land and infrastructure over the next five years. The total climbs 6.88% year over year. While CIP totals generally are steady and stable, this year three agencies are showing increases over 50%. Also, a change in reporting leaves $825M off the books in the Airport State Transportation Improvement Plan. Adding that back into the totals, the aggregate funding for public infrastructure is more like $16.2B, an increase of 11.9% year over year.
The most notable change this year comes from ADOT: they’ve changed how they reported state funds for Airport projects. What used to comprise over $1B of a $5B program now shows only $118M, a drop of almost 90%. The funds didn’t disappear; rather, they’re just not showing as state-approved funding. The funds come from the FAA.
Also, Fiscal 16-17 CIP is the first document where Phoenix’s Public Transit Transportation 2050 (T2050) monies start to appear. The impact is slight these first few years – only $28M for the five year period. Phoenix also has a notable jump in total from the preliminary CIP to the final adopted version. What was a $3.064B program jumped significantly to $3.515B by the time it was approved. Valley Metro sees a significant boost from the T2050 initiative as well; that 5-year total jumped 73.9% to over $1.1B.
Finally, the impact of Pima County voters disapproving the massive bond issue in 2015 has impacted the CIP for the City of Tucson. That, combined with the City’s processing through their bond monies for streets projects leads to a rather large percentage drop in the overall 5-year plan – 16.6%. If the bond issue had passed, it would have contributed $100M-$200M to the program.
Top Programs in the State
Conclusion – Public Works Rebounding in a Big Way
Overall, FY17-21 CIP totals are the highest we’ve seen since AZBEX started tracking them in 2011. Eight out of ten agencies’ totals are up, with three topping 50% increases. Four agencies join the “Billion Dollar Club”, up from two last year. Only two have declines: ADOT due to a reporting change, Tucson due to a bond issue not passing in Pima County and their own bond monies being spent.
Looking ahead, some of the underlying revenue sources for Capital Programs are trending positive. Factors like population growth and property values are just two of the key drivers for future CIP, and they’re both going the right direction. Barring any major economic meltdown, I would anticipate the CIP totals will continue to grow for the next few years.
AZBEX compiles the Top 10 Capital Programs in Arizona. The historical view shows how the 5-yr total changes over time.
Join us for the October Luncheon
Arizona Town Hall
Financing Arizona's Future
Streets, water and an educated workforce - all of these factors are essential for Arizona's future and all of these factors require government revenue. The fall Town Hall on "Financing Arizona's Future" will be held on November 13-16 at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa in Mesa, AZ.