Call for Abstracts: 2018 APWA Statewide Conf ....

Call for Abstracts
2018 APWA Statewide Conference
August 1 – August 3, 2018

The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association invites the submittal of abstracts of presentations to be considered for the 2018 APWA Statewide Conference.  The conference will be held at the Hotel El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona from August 1 to August 3, 2018. Abstracts must be received no later than February 23, 2018.

General Interest Tracks

We are putting together a dynamic program with topics that provide “take away” value to conference attendees and information that attendees can put to use in their organizations. We are especially interested in hearing from Public Agency members as individual or panel discussion presenters.  The length of most presentation sessions, including a brief question and answer period, is 30 minutes.  Presentations involving panel discussions are also encouraged.  Multi-member panels and other special sessions can be up to 50 minutes in length.  The theme of the 2018 Statewide Conference is Sustaining Infrastructure in a Growing Economy, but all topics of interest to our Chapter membership, whether they are management, funding and financing, motivational, operational, career development, or technically oriented, will be considered.  Please feel free to propose on any topic you feel would be of interest to the attendees.

Here are a few suggested topics:

Sustaining infrastructureLeadership examples
Meeting public expectationsCreative decision making
Marketing in the new economyStaff resources, public and private
Cash flow managementStrategic planning
Innovative technologies or techniquesInteresting public works projects
Funding options for public worksEarning and keeping public trust
Enterprise fund management and rate settingSustainability: how to incorporate into projects

Field Operations Track

The conference also includes a field operations track which will run concurrently with other conference breakout sessions. Suggested topics for the field operations track include the following:    

  • Equipment or technology demonstrations
  • Safety                                                                    
  • Training                                                                 
  • Street maintenance                                            
  • Landscape maintenance                                    
  • Other topics of operations interest
  • Pipe material issues
  • Water and wastewater treatment plant control
  • Odor control
  • Asset management
  • Pipeline maintenance

Abstracts must be received no later than February 23, 2018. You will be notified by April 6, 2018 as to whether your abstract has been selected. 

Abstract Format
The abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and identify the following:

Address, phone number, email address
Summary of presentation key points
Proposed Length of Presentation: 30 Min ____ or 50 min ____ or No Preference ____


Please e-mail the abstract to Chris Simko at


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