APWA AZ Newsletter 2020 April

APWA AZ Newsletter 2020 April

Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      April 2020


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Dear Members:

I hope everyone is staying home safe and healthy; this has got to be one strange time for the record books.  Along with the huge list of cancellations you’ve already heard about, our luncheon in April is also cancelled as the Phoenix CC is closed to all events till the end of April due to concern for everyone’s health. It is truly amazing to me however, to see that our fellow Public Works Professionals are still on the job, keeping projects moving and all infrastructure in place for everyone, a true test of their competency and dedication.  

With regards to our annual state conference, we are hoping that things will be settled by the end of the summer and our conference will proceed as planned. However, we are discussing options with the hotel if the need arises. The conference committee is reviewing the speaker submittals and should have a schedule posted next month. Our Thursday keynote is Danny White, Arizona Native and retired football star who will focus on how a fear of failure can prevent you from achieving your true potential. We have a few sponsorships still available and only 15 booths left in the main exhibit hall. Rooms are filling up fast and we are working with the hotel to expand our room block. Watch for information coming soon about our Tailgate Themed Thursday Night Fun Night, and a Wednesday Top Golf Event.


Rob Kidder, P.E.

Statewide Conference
July 29-31, 2020

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

  • Opening Reception Sponsor (Exclusive)


  • Keynote Sponsor (Exclusive)
  • Hotel Key Card Sponsor (Exclusive)

  • Wi-Fi Sponsor (Exclusive)

  • Lanyard Sponsor (Exclusive)
  • Fun Night Sponsor (Exclusive)

  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors


  • Coffee Sleeve Sponsor (Exclusive)

  • Agency Showcase Bag Sponsor (Exclusive)
    West Coast Arborists

  • Awards Lunch Sponsor

  • Thursday Breakfast & Beak Sponsor
    Speedie & Associates
    Rummel Construction

  • Friday Beakfast & Vendor Drawing Sponsor

  • Public Agency Sponsors
    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Arrington Watkins Architects
  • Golf Sponsor
    Ace Asphalt
    Neenah Foundry

  • Prize Drawing Sponsors
    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Wilson & Company


Ace Asphalt
Achen-Gardner Construction
Archer Western
AZTEC Engineering
Burgess & Niple
Civiltec Engineering
Cooper Aerial
CVL Consultants
DCS Contracting
Dibble Engineering
EPS Group
Gannett Fleming
Hunter Contracting
Lithified Technologies
Neenah Foundry
Oldcastle Infrastructure
Pavement Restoration
Precision Concrete Cutting
Rinker Materials
Ritoch-Powell & Associates
RoadSafe Traffic Systems
Rummel Construction
Shephard Wesnitzer
Speedie & Associates
Sunland Asphalt
Sunrise Engineering
Superior Supply
T2 Utility Engineers
Tap Master
Tierra ROW
UNIQUE Paving Materials
Wilson & Company
West Coast Arborists
Western Technologies

New Members

Sheila Deschaaf Town of Payson
Abigail Hernandez Town of Sahuarita
Donna Mertes, PECivil EngineerGLHN Architects Engineers Inc.
Ron Nadzieja Consultant Engineering Inc.

New Member Spotlight

Name and Title: Levi Hawkins, Design Engineer

Agency: Project Engineering Consultants (PEC)

With APWA Since: 2020

Describe your job responsibilities: Design and management of mostly water/wastewater system construction and rehabilitation projects.

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? In 2016, PEC was contracted for construction administration and inspection for the Southern Avenue Interceptor (SAI) rehab project. The project consisted of miles of pipeline and manhole repairs and lasted nearly one year during which I was the lead inspector. This project thrust me into a site engineer role although I was relatively young and green. From this experience I gained a large majority of my skills in inspection and contractor management.

Where have your travels taken you?: I married my wife in Summer 2019 and we skipped the big wedding in favor of a big honeymoon - we traveled to Germany, Poland and Denmark. It was a trip I will never forget.

Name one thing not many people know about you: I have the ability to hear at night, and I can make minute-rice in 55 seconds.

APWA 2020 Annual Sponsorship
We have some great sponsorship opportunities to highlight your firm including in the Southern and Northern branches of APWA. Check out the link for further information.

Nominating Committee Call for Nominations

Greg Smith - Past President and Nominating Committee Chair

One of the indicators of spring is the election of new officers and board members for the Arizona Chapter of APWA. This year is not different amid the interruptions caused by the COVID-19. The Nominating Committee has recently completed compiling a draft slate of candidates that we will present to the Board at the April board meeting.

Typically at the April membership luncheon, the President would note who the Board has recommended as the base slate of candidates for the open positions. The President would also call for nominations from the floor. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 issues, there won't be a meeting in April. The Board would still like to hear from the members about any additional candidate the members feel should be considered. In April, after the April Board meeting (via teleconferencing), the Board will send out an email blast asking for any nominations from the floor/membership. The email will outline the process and timeline for nominating someone.

At this time, the Nominating Committee would like all the membership to consider whether you or someone you know, would like to be considered for a position on the Arizona AWPA Board. The positions open this fiscal/administrative year are: President-Elect – 1-year term; Secretary – 1-year term; Treasurer – 1-year term; Board Members - 2-year term (3 each); Board Member - 1-year term, serving the remainder of an unexpired term. (1 each).

The duties of the President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board Members are outlined in the Chapter Bylaws and the Chapter Manual and are summarized in the attached document. The nominating committee asks that anyone interested in serving, complete the attached Board Application so we can provide the members a summary of you and your experience in APWA or other professional associations. Please note - to be elected/serve as an officer/director, you must be an active member in good standing of APWA and APWA/AZ.

In addition to the elected positions noted above, the Board is looking for individuals who would be interested in serving as the Alternate Delegate from the Chapter to APWA's Council of Delegates. This is an appointed position which has a 2-year term. The Alternate Delegate can only serve one term. The duties of the Alternate Delegate can also be found in the Chapter Bylaws and the Chapter Manual and are summarized in the attached document.

On behalf of the Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors of the Arizona Chapter, I would like to thank you in advance for your continued interest and support of the Arizona Chapter of APWA, particularly during these challenging times.

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News From APWA National

Dear Members and Friends:

Whether you are in the public or private sector, COVID-19 has impacted all of us in so many different ways. It is a time for us to come together even during social distancing. Throughout North America, face-to-face meetings have been cancelled, including APWA’s North American Snow Conference and many APWA Chapter spring conferences and meetings. For some, state or local laws have prohibited different size gatherings. For others, the organizers felt that they wanted to contribute to social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Whatever the case, APWA stands ready to bring our group together for networking and education whether or not we can meet in person. We also continue to work on influencing federal legislation that will provide assistance to your communities during this time. We are in cons tant contact with federal agencies so that we can provide you the latest information about COVID-19. We have set up a community for you to share your experiences and ask questions of others.
In the coming weeks and months, we plan to provide you with valuable resources that you have grown accustomed to expect from our association. The delivery mechanisms may be different. Sometimes events like these force businesses to do things differently while still meeting the needs of their members or customers. We hope to exceed your expectations. To this end, we encourage you to provide us with your feedback about what your current and immediate needs are so we can best serve you during this pandemic and beyond. 
Recently, the APWA Board approved, with your input, a new strategic plan for 2020-2023. Despite the current set of circumstances, we have every intention of carrying out that plan. On your behalf, APWA will continue to focus on showing the value of public works to government leaders, the media, and the public. We plan to continue to provide you with excellence in education and credentialing. Our intent is to deliver an outstanding and valuable membership experience in collaboration with our chapters—even during these difficult times.
Please join us in carrying out our strategic plan. We look forward to hearing your ideas. In the meantime, APWA is open for business. Feel free to check out our website for useful information as well as our members library where you can find valuable resources. We will get through this together.

2020 APWA AZ Scholarships

The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association, in keeping with its objectives, will award one or more $1,500 scholarships for 2020. Scholarships are presented to deserving students striving to complete educational requirements for a career path in public works. Degrees or Majors in Public Administration, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Public Works and Water Resources Technology Programs are examples of related fields of study. Career objectives may be in the public or private sector, but in either case must be associated directly or indirectly with public works matters or agencies.  The deadline for the application is June 1, 2020.

Please see the attached application for more detailed information.

Please direct questions to:

Kristin Tytler, PE
Arizona Chapter
APWA Scholarship Committee
(623) 222-6153

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