APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 July

APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 July

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      JULY 2017


July 10, 2017
Statewide Conference Committee Meeting
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July 19, 2017
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July 19, 2017
APWA July Luncheon
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July 27, 2017
Education and Training Committee Meeting
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August 1, 2017
Communications Committee Meeting
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August 1, 2017
Arizona Utility Coordinating Committee Meeting
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August 2-4, 2017
Statewide Conference
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We are halfway through 2017 and in reflection, I would like to review some of the items the APWA Board has worked on over the past six months and our focus for the next year.  As some may remember this year we are transitioning to a July Fiscal Year, so our 2018 year actually begins this month. During our annual strategic planning meeting each fall the board identifies membership needs and agrees on a plan to improve the Chapter based on those needs. Based on our membership survey we identified areas we could improve on, and implemented some changes. 

  • This year we began with a Committee Chairs joint meeting assigning Board Member Liaisons. The purpose was to review realistic Committee Goals and assign a board member to assist.
  • Another item the board focused on was providing members with monthly meeting program topics that provide pertinent and relevant information. For our regular attendees to the luncheon the result has been extremely positive as our attendance has greatly increased month after month.
  • We re-established the Public Works Institute. In the first six months we hosted 2 of 4 Modules needed for a Certificate of Completion. These Modules focused on Public Works Management, Fundamentals of Government and much more. Both were well attended and affordable.
  • We submitted nominations for the National Top Ten Public Works Leader and for the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence and won both!!

These are just some of the accomplishments our Board has been working on. We are all dedicated to making the Arizona Chapter an association of choice for the Public Works industry in AZ. Some items we will focus on over the next year include increasing membership, developing a strong mentor program for our PYP’s (Practicing Young Professionals), and Sustainability Issues. If you have any ideas how we can improve, please share them with any of our board members. We are here to serve your AZ Chapter.

Other Items to Note:

  • Summer Special Membership Drive runs through July 25th, register as a new member and enter a drawing to win a free full registration to the Statewide Conference in August.
  • July Luncheon Program will be a West Valley Municipal Update. Register online at http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/10767
  • The APWA Statewide Conference and Hotel Registration is open. Vendor spots are still available. Further information and registration details, visit https://azapwaconference.com/
  • National APWA PWX EXPO is August 27-30 in Orlando, Florida

Loretta Flick

APWA Luncheon Program: 

July 19th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Phoenix Country Club

Don’t miss the West Valley Municipal Forecast being held at APWA’s July 19th Luncheon!!
Moderated by Chase Farnsworth of Mortenson Construction, speakers include: Karl Zook, City of Surprise; Christopher Williams, City of Buckeye, and Shawn Kreuzwiesner, City of Avondale. Register at http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/10767 ASAP to reserve your seat and hear first-hand what is happening in the west valley.

2017 APWA Statewide Conference
Leadership in Infrastructure: Motivate, Innovate, Elevate
August 2-4, 2017, at the Hilton El Conquistador, Tucson, AZ

The conference is one month away. We have an exciting program planned for you this year and you don't want to miss out on the networking, education, and fun. We have almost sold all of the booths so if you want to be an exhibitor you need to sign up ASAP. Whether you are an exhibitor or sponsor, take advantage of this opportunity to support the Arizona Chapter APWA and promote your firm at this high-profile industry event. Visit the conference website for information and registration. www.azapwaconference.com


THEME: “Leadership in Infrastructure: Motivate, Innovate, Elevate”. Our goal is to provide attendees with many opportunities to learn, network, and become more effective leaders of our industry.

EXHIBITS/SPONSORSHIPS: Exhibitor booths and sponsorships are available now. Reserve your booth location, selection is on a first come basis. We are selling out fast this year. Only 15 booths remain so book yours today! 

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION: Individual attendee registration is now open. Full Private Industry Employees $300. Full Public Agency Employee $200. These prices increase $50 after July 14th. “Fun Night” guest passes are available for $50 and Awards Luncheon Only passes are available for $50.

LODGING: Attendance is high this year and the room block had to be increased so book your rooms today before the block is full. The conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Tucson El Conquistador. Rooms are $89 and are available from Tuesday August 1st through Sunday August 6th. In addition to hosting the conference, the hotel features pools, tennis courts, golf, horseback riding, spa services, workout facility, etc.   

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JJ Birden, former NFL wide receiver and now leadership and opportunity trainer, will present “How to Lead and Perform at the Highest Level”. Whether you are a football fan or not, JJ will inspire and motivate you to be your best in business and in your personal life.

FOOD, FUN, AND PRIZES: This conference offers more food and beverages than any other conference in our industry. The Thursday night “Fun Night” will be an indoor/outdoor luau with food, entertainment, lawn games, photo booth, prizes, and more. Hawaiian attire is recommended but not required. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Thursday will feature more than 20 unique educational sessions on a variety of topics. Learn from owners, industry leaders, and experts in their respective fields. See the conference program/schedule below and start planning your day. 

Download the Program Schedule:

AWARDS LUNCHEON: Join the largest gathering of attendees at the conference to celebrate the Project of the Year Award winners and the Outstanding Public Works Employee of the Year winner. SEE AWARD WINNERS ON THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE.

FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Panel discussion “How Economic Development Leadership is Elevating Arizona Communities” and exclusive networking opportunity with owners, project managers, and decision makers from municipalities across Arizona. This is one on one time with people who you want to know and will likely work with in the future. Also, exhibitor prizes and APWA grand prizes will be distributed on Friday. You must be present to win the APWA grand prizes. Owners/Agencies that have agreed to participate in the networking event include: City of Buckeye, City of Mesa, City of Phoenix, City of Prescott, City of Sierra Vista, City of Surprise, City of Tempe, Pima County, Town of Gilbert, Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, Town of Queen Creek, and Town of Sahuarita. We announce more owners/agencies soon.


PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP = $2,500: This sponsorship includes an 8x10 booth and 3 full conference registrations, a quarter page advertisement in the conference program, firm's logo on the conference website, entrance sign, program, and chapter newsletters. Your firm will also receive acknowledgment during the Awards Luncheon Program (logo on display and verbal recognition).

OPENING RECEPTION (EXCLUSIVE) SPONSORSHIP = $2,500: As the exclusive sponsor of the opening reception your firm’s logo will be displayed prominently at the event and representatives from your firm may attend the event for free (must RSVP attendees). You will have access to a microphone to make announcements and promote your firm to all attendees. This sponsorship also includes your firm's logo on the conference website, entrance sign, program, and chapter newsletters.

GOLD SPONSORSHIP = $1,800: This sponsorship includes an 8x10 booth and 2 full conference registrations, firm's logo on the conference website, entrance sign, program, and chapter newsletters. Your firm will also receive acknowledgment during the Awards Luncheon Program (logo on display and verbal recognition).

EXHIBITOR ONLY = $1,300: Being a conference exhibitor includes an 8x10 booth and 2 full conference registrations, firm's name on the conference website, entrance sign, program, and chapter newsletters. Reserve your booth location, selection is on a first come basis. We are selling out fast this year. Only 15 booths remain so book yours today! 

BREAKFAST AND BREAK SPONSORSHIP = $700: Your firm's name will be displayed at two breakfasts breaks (one Thursday and one Friday) and two food breaks (both Thursday). Your firm's name will be featured on the conference website, entrance sign, program, and chapter newsletters.

AWARDS LUNCH SPONSORSHIP = $500: Your firm will receive acknowledgment during the Awards Luncheon Program (logo on display and verbal recognition). Your firm's name will be featured on the conference website, entrance sign, program, and chapter newsletters.

PUBLIC AGENCY SPONSORSHIP = $200: Please show your support for public agencies. This sponsorship covers one full conference registration for a public agency employee. Your firm's name will be featured on the conference website, entrance sign, program, and chapter newsletters…plus you will be directly supporting the large number of public agency individuals that we want to see at our conference.

Special thanks to those firms that have already registered as sponsors and exhibitors:

  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors



  • Fun Night Sponsor


  • Continental Breakfast and Break Sponsors

    HDR ~ Western Technologies/Nortest

  • Awards Luncheon Sponsor
        Hunter Construction ~ CORE Construction ~ Meridian Engineering Company

  • Public Agency Sponsors

    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
    Civiltec Engineering, Inc.
    CK Group, Inc.
    Dibble Engineering
    E & A Consulting Group, Inc.
    Wheat Design Group, Inc.

  • Exhibitors

    Accurate Corrosion Control Inc. (ACCI)
    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
    Aerotech Mapping
    All Traffic Solutions
    AMEC Foster Wheeler
    Asphalt Zipper
    AZTEC Engineering Group, Inc.
    Border Contsruction Specialties
    Building Products Company
    Burgess & Niple
    CADsoft Consulting
    Civiltec Engineering
    Coo & Van Loo Consultants, Inc.
    DBA Construction, Inc.
    Dibble Engineering
    E & A Consulting Group
    EPS Group Inc.
    Forterra Pipe & Precast
    HDA Architects, LLC
    Hobas Pipe USA
    Holbrook Asphalt
    Michael Baker International
    Neenah Enterprises
    Oldcastle Precast
    Olsson Associates
    Pavement Restoration Inc.
    Project Engineering Consultants
    Regional Pavement Maintenance
    Rinker Materials
    Roadsafe Traffic Systems
    Rummel Construction
    Sanexen Water Inc.
    Sunrise Engineering
    TechSolutions Consultants
    U.S. CAD
    Western Technologies/Nortest
    Workplace Safety Specialists
    Zumar Industries

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

Events Committee

The Events Committee works to create meaningful events that serve APWA members and better our community. Annual events include member-to-member outreach and networking opportunities, community outreach and environmental enhancement outings. 

The committee organizes member-to-member/networking opportunities such as the Spring and Fall Mixers and a Family potluck style picnic. The mixers typically incorporate a donation drive to serve the greater community. Past recipients have been Mesa Community College Food Bank and The Maricopa County Animal Shelter.


At least once per year, the events committee arranges a community outreach event for St. Vincent de Paul where chapter members participate in Homework Help Night in the Dream Center and Family Evening Meal Set-Up in their main family dining room in Phoenix. Each year these events receive positive feedback from both our volunteers and the St. Vincent de Paul staff.

To provide opportunities for members to preserve our environment, the committee volunteers at various environmental enhancement outings. We have participated in Keep Phoenix Beautiful Day at Papago Park and the Rock and Roll Paint-a-thon where our group painted a house in the west valley in need of rehabilitation.

The committee is focused on increasing member turnout at events and raising awareness in the general public about public works and APWA.

The committee meets the second Friday of each month at 7:30 am at Panera, SWC of 12th Street and Glendale in Phoenix. If you would like additional information about the committee or would like to help with community outreach and environmental enhancement events, contact Kristin Peck at kpeck@eacg.com or Barbara Ritter at BarbaraRitter@mail.maricopa.gov.

Returning Member Spotlight

Name and Title: Cindy Laughlin, Senior Marketing Coordinator, EPS Group Inc.

With APWA Since: 2013

Describe your job responsibilities: I primarily prepare statements of qualification and proposals (write, edit, graphic design, and photography) for public works proposals.

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? I had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to work on a design/build proposal for the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) project for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Where have your travels taken you?: For work, I have traveled to Maine, Florida, Louisiana, Utah, Colorado, and Missouri. For pleasure, I go hiking, fishing, and camping most every weekend all around Arizona.

Name one thing not many people know about you: I was really good at math in school, and due to the lack of women in STEM education at the time, I decided to be a math teacher. I had no idea what engineers did until I applied to be a marketing coordinator for a civil engineering firm.

New Members

Frank AponteField Operations SuperintendentCity of Tolleson
David CaskeyLead MechanicCoconino County
Leann P. JohnsonConstruction Project CoordinatorCity of Chandler
Jamie R. McCrackenField Operations DirectorCity of Tolleson
Peter Michael Parr, Sr, EITTerritory ManagerDGSI
Marci UtakisBusiness DevelopmentRider Levett Bucknall

Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects is celebrating 85 years of service to the built environment this month.
The firm was founded on July 1, 1932 in Kansas. Wilson & Company has served Arizona clients since 1982, and currently has 17 local employees. Notable projects recently completed include:  the MAG Central Phoenix Transportation Framework Study; City of Phoenix Comprehensive Downtown Transportation Study; ADOT Strategic Highway Safety Plan;  and the Navajo Nation Long Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program. Congratulations Wilson & Company!!

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