APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 February

APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 February

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      FEBRUARY 2017


February 10, 2017
APWA Events Committee Meeting
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February 15, 2017
APWA BOD Meeting
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February 15, 2017
APWA February Luncheon
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February 22, 2017
APWA Sustainablitily Committee Meeting
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March 12, 2017
APWA Family Potluck Picnic
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August 2-4, 2017

Statewide Conference
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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: 

  • Abstracts for presentations are due February 24th
  • Special Pricing for Exhibitors ends on February 28th
  • New Sponsor packages are available

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. 

Loretta Flick

APWA Events Committee Meeting
February 10, 2017
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APWA Board of Directors Meeting
February 15, 2017
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APWA February Luncheon
February 15, 2017
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Surface Transportation Funding Task Force Report

John Ragan, Chairman, STFTF
COO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce


Noel Campbell, Arizona State Representative, 
Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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:

  • February 18 – Engineering Family Day
  • February 23 – Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

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
February 22, 2017
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APWA Spring Family Picnic
March 12, 2017
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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                                                                          

  • Basic supervision
  • Advanced supervision
  • Public works management
  • Advanced management topics

Subject Units interspersed among Modules

  • Supervisory Techniques and skills
  • Basic Management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Community Service/Customer Orientation skills
  • Impact of law on public works
  • Fundamentals of government
  • Finance
  • Resource Management Skills
  • Public Works Operations
  • Creating the Future

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
August 2-4, 2017

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!

  • Reserve your Booth Before February 28, 2017 for $1,100
  • New Sponsor Packages and Perks
  • All Booths are 8x10
  • Public Agency Employee (Early Registration) = $200
  • Private Employee (Early Registration) = $300
  • Call for Abstract Due February 24, 2017
  • Conference Theme to be Rolled out in February
  • Chapter Award Judging is Underway with 30+ Submittals!

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

7:30 am to 11:30 am

            - Exhibitor Break-down 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Special Thank You to those firms that have already registered.

  • Platinum Sponsor and Public Agency Sponsor

  • Platinum Sponsor

  • Exhibitors

Achen-Gardner Construction
Civiltec Engineering
Dibble Engineering 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to:

Conference Committee Co-Chair – Christy Sipos, csipos@civiltec.com, 602-570-4150

Conference Committee Co-Chair – Scott Kirchhoferskirchhofer@achen.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.

New Members

Brent M. BorchersOffice MgrTerracon
Michele DavilaSr Fiscal AnalystCity of Mesa
Sathish FbandaMaterials EngineerWestern Technologies Inc
Fred FelixEngineering AdministratorCity of Tucson Transportation Department
David E. Jensen, CFM, PEProject ManagerOlsson Associates
Keith KorchChief Const InspectorCity of Mesa
Ryan NicholsSupervising EngineerCity of Mesa
Ken PerryPrincipalPerry Engineering
Timothy S. Phillips, P.E.DirectorAZ DEMA Ordnance Operations
Robert RamseyRegional ManagerCardno Inc
Lance WebbDeputy EngineerCity of Mesa
David WilkinsSr Civil EngineerCity of Mesa

Future City Competition Team Award was presented on Jan 28th at ASU

APWA presented the award for "Best Functioning City”- A city where quality of life is enhanced by “invisible” human services including transportation, effective water systems and environmental disposal of waste. The winning team is from Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff.

Name: Elantiv is their future city 
Teacher: Gretchen Downey (8th grade MIT-e Biology and Engineering teacher) 
Mentor: Abha Mistry (Architectural Design Studios)
Students: Kendall Marquez, Delaney Merrick, Brooke Parker, Bradley Shaw (all 8th grade MIT-e students at Sinagua Middle School)

APWA had 8 industry judges:

  • Miguel Aceves, AECOM
  • Melissa Serven, Stantec
  • Kristin Tytler, City of Surprise
  • Maolin Zheng, City of Surprise
  • Ramon Padilla, Terracon
  • Reggie Fitzpatrick, City of Scottsdale
  • Chris Maroney, Taylor RyMar
  • Joel DeHaven, Taylor RyMar

Moves in the Industry

Know Your State Legislature

Sandy Niebel, Wood/Patel
Amanda McGennis, Arizona Chapter Associated General Contractors

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.

The attached document lists your Arizona Senate and House members.

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 amcgennis@azagc.org

Call for Abstracts

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 >

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