APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 February
NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2017
February 10, 2017
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February is a great time to celebrate Engineers and all the staff that work in this industry. Mark your calendar, February 19-25, 2017 is Engineers Week. Did you know - The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington's Birthday? President Washington is considered as the nation's first engineer, notably for his survey work. There are many events nationally and locally to celebrate the week. Check out Discover Engineers Week website (http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/engineers-week) for more information and resources.
Locally, ASCE will be rolling out Dream Big, an IMAX film to take viewers on a journey of discovery within the engineering environment, worldwide. E-Week Phoenix (http://www.eweek-phx.org/) will host an “Engineers Day” February 25th at the AZ Science Center and a 5:00 pm reception on February 23rd at OHSO in Arcadia.
Southern Arizona Engineers Week is planning a week of events including an Evening of Celebration on Tuesday, February 21st at the Double Tree Hilton Tucson Airport. Awards will be presented at this event. More information regarding the Southern events can be found at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=aw4mbwlab&oeidk=a07edn5bp6q3c38d6ea
I want to remind everyone that our 2017 Annual Statewide Conference is now open for registration. See the detailed information in this newsletter. The conference website is www.azapwaconference.com
A few critical dates and notes to remember include:
Also, don’t forget to register early for the APWA February 15th Luncheon Presentation. John Ragan, Arizona Chamber of Commerce is presenting on the findings of the Surface Transportation Task Force. Joined by Noel Campbell, Arizona State Representative and Chair of the House -Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. You do not need to be an APWA member to register for this event.
APWA Events Committee Meeting
APWA Board of Directors Meeting
APWA February Luncheon
Surface Transportation Funding Task Force Report
John Ragan, Chairman, STFTF
Noel Campbell, Arizona State Representative,
National Engineers Week
National Engineers Week is February 19-25th. Engineers Week, also known as EWeek, is dedicated to raising awareness of the contributions that Engineers make to our quality of life; promotes the importance of a technical education; and motivates our youth to pursue engineering careers.
There are many ways to get involved in EWeek whether it is a planned municipal or association activity or something fun within your family. The American Society of Civil Engineers (http://www.asce.org/event/2017/engineers-week/) has a lot of really great ideas to choose from including an educated engineering scavenger hunt (http://www.asceville.org/index.html) that is fun for all ages. A couple of individual activity days include:
Look around your community at all of the engineering activity; plan to have some fun and educational time; and thank the Engineers in your life for all they contribute!
APWA Sustainability Committee Meeting
APWA Spring Family Picnic
The APWA Events Committee invites all of our members and their families out for our annual Picnic on Sunday, March 12th at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful spring weather. Join us for food, fun, and games from 11 am to 2 pm. Bring your kids or grandkids - tickets for the Carousel and Train are being donated by Trace Consulting. Sandwiches and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by the Events Committee. We just ask that you bring a side dish or dessert to share. Look for the APWA sign at the Fenstermacher Ramada. The picnic is free of charge, but registering is suggested so we have a headcount. Please register from the APWA AZ website under Events. A map with our picnic location at the park is also available on the website.
Public Works Institute Training
Looking to gain an understanding of the interworking of Public Works? Are you a Public Works Agency employee looking for a higher degree of leadership and management skills? If you answered yes to either of these questions or know of someone who could benefit from these situations, then APWA’s Public Works Institute (PWI) is for you.
The program consists of four modules, that when taken in their entirety, will offer you a better understanding of Public Works with essentials skills needed to advance in supervisory and management positions. It is not a requirement to take the sessions in any particular order.
Modules consist of
Subject Units interspersed among Modules
Each module is a three-day course of instruction. At the end of the 90 total hours, completion is recognized with a Certificate of Completion awarded by Arizona Public Works Institute and National APWA. Module Two is scheduled for April 24-26. View the event details and registration at: http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/10256
2017 APWA Statewide Conference
Have you heard all the buzz? The 2017 Statewide Conference Committee has kicked it into high planning gear. Check out the new website and smoother registration process, no more forms or insurance certificates to submit (unless you want to register hard copy).
Just click (www.azapwaconference.com), complete the information on-line, pay, and you are on your way to a fun filled venue of learning and networking! Hotel rates remain the same (since 2014). Room block opening soon!
Key Conference Information!
Tentative Event Schedule
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
- Exhibitor Set-up 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Exhibitor Show/Opening Reception 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017
- Trade Show Opening Session, & Technical Sessions 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
- Fun Night
Friday, August 3, 2017
- Trade Show & Sessions (NEW AGENCY/OWNER NETWORKING PROGRAM IN THE WORKS)
- Exhibitor Break-down 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Special Thank You to those firms that have already registered.
Conference Committee Co-Chair – Christy Sipos, firstname.lastname@example.org, 602-570-4150
Conference Committee Co-Chair – Scott Kirchhofer, email@example.com, 480-296-5933
New Member Spotlight
Name and Title: Michele Davila, Sr. Fiscal Analyst
With APWA Since: Jan 2017
Describe your job responsibilities: CIP and Operations budget analysis, preparation and reporting for the Engineering Department at the City of Mesa. Contract compliance and management. Supervise the fiscal, contracting/purchasing and grant compliance activities of the department, including Fiscal Staff, the Engineering Contracts/Grants Compliance Officer and Department Administrative Staff, and department procurement processes.
What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? Being part of the project-management software implementation core team – City of Mesa Engineering Department.
Where have your travels taken you?: To Europe to visit my grandparents, to Mexico for vacation, and to Israel for work.
Name one thing not many people know about you: I worked for Bell Helicopter in Amarillo, Texas for two years.
Future City Competition Team Award was presented on Jan 28th at ASU
Name: Elantiv is their future city
APWA had 8 industry judges:
Know Your State Legislature
Sandy Niebel, Wood/Patel
The Arizona State Legislature is the state legislature of Arizona. It is a bicameral legislature that consists of a lower house, the House of Representatives, and an upper house, the Senate. Composed of 90 legislators, the state legislature meets in the Capitol Complex in the state capital of Phoenix, Arizona. Created by the Arizona Constitution upon statehood in 1912, the Arizona State Legislature met biennially until 1950. Today, they meet annually and 2017 marks the 53rd legislative session.
Arizona's electoral districts are different from the majority of U.S. states. Two representatives and one senator share each of the state's 30 electoral districts. Legislators are term limited to eight consecutive years in office, but can run again after two years or run for the opposite house than the one in which they serve.
The Senate’s focus is to represent the state and the House is designed to represent the people. The Senate’s leader is known as the Senate President – this year (2017) Steve Yarbrough was elected as Senate President. The House of Representatives leadership is referred to as Speaker of the House and this year (2017) J.D. Mesnard serves as Speaker of the House.
Each legislative body participates on various committees. For instance, you can find at least two public works-related committees in the Senate. These include: 1) Transportation and technology; and 2) Natural resources, energy, and water. The House of Representatives has even more committees related to public works where you will find: several different appropriation committees; Energy, environment, and natural resources; education; and transportation and infrastructure. Committee members, agendas, and minutes are posted for each committee.
Arizona’s legislative website contains a lot of information; everything from tracking bills, and following calendars, to locating your legislators and watching live proceedings. More information can be found at http://www.azleg.gov/#. Visit the website and become more involved on what is happening in and around your state. If you are interested in learning more or becoming active, APWA has a Government Affairs/Advocacy Committee. Amanda McGennis is the committee chair and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association invites the submittal of abstracts of presentations to be considered for the 2017 APWA Statewide Conference. The conference will be held at the Hotel El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona from August 2 to August 4, 2017. Abstracts must be received no later than February 24, 2017. More Info >