APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 October
|NEWSLETTER October 2021|
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Conference is in the air!
2021 Statewide and National PWX Conference were a BIG Success
I always love going to PWX (revised name of the APWA National Conference) at the beginning of Fall. However, each time I go, it’s always the same; a few days before I go, I question whether I should take the time to attend. The daily work demands and deadlines I’m responsible for try to guilt me into thinking I can’t take the time for professional development including the fear of “what might happen while I’m gone” OR the dreaded “Inbox” awaiting my return that I’ll spend hours reading, responding to, and deleting. It can be too much to juggle, BUT that being said, I’ve spent the money; I’ve taken the time off; I’m getting on the plane and going; AND I’m always glad I made the commitment.
This year St. Louis, MO hosted PWX 2021 and it was awesome, delivering a variety of interesting educational sessions. If you ever get the opportunity to attend, you will discover there’s no shortage of presentations on topics relevant to public works. I spent much of my time attending classes on inter-office communication, cyber security, employee learning and development, ADA transition planning, community vision and communication, small cell basics, and public works leadership. I find there’s lots to glean from these classes, and overall, they make me a better public servant for my agency.
One of my favorite parts of PWX is the exhibition hall with all the emerging technologies at our fingertips. Who doesn’t love seeing what potential innovative gadgets are out on the market? One of the newest additions to the conference is the “roadeo”. Now a permanent feature of PWX, there is interesting fun to be had there. I’ve always wanted to play on that big equipment, and I bet I’m not the only one who would like to experience crawling up into one of those large pieces of equipment and scooping up a load of dirt. It is so impressive watching those operators perform specific and detailed actions with the big machines. I’m amazed at their talent – these are our own agency operators who perform this intricate work, day in and day out. Aren’t we lucky!
Another big attraction to the PWX conference is the keynote speakers they hire. They never disappoint and this year my two favorites were “The Buried Life” and “Adventure Racing”. If you have the time, browse the internet and learn more about them. You’ll find them uplifting and motivating.
I realize that it is these inspiring speakers that bring it home for me. These sessions are the reason I come back rejuvenated and excited about being an engineer and a professional. After twenty-five years in both public and private sectors I can still get excited about problem solving!
Another thing that reenergizes me are the volunteers that give their time for the AZ Chapter. The National conference is great, but let’s not forget about our own local conference that took place in July and August. How about those amazing weekly sessions! Presentations on asset management strategies, a street apprenticeship program, and the Phoenix Sky Train were just a few of the interesting topics presented during the 8-week virtual conference. ALL FREE OF CHARGE… Thank you Sponsors and the conference committee you ALWAYS HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Arizona’s best of the best construction project awards that were presented and highlighted at the conference. Congratulations to all of you lucky winners! Thanks to our awards committee who works diligently all year long to highlight the amazing work designed and constructed in Arizona.
Psst. Want to know a secret? There may be another big conference coming back to Arizona. APWA National was so impressed with how the chapter hosted the 2015 APWA International Congress they are considering coming back for seconds. Stay tuned, the chapter leadership will be discussing 2027 for PWX over the coming months.
In closing I’d like to recognize the following individuals. First, help me congratulate Larry A. Hanson, P.E. for being awarded LIFE MEMBERSHIP by APWA National for achieving 30 years of continuous membership with APWA. Thanks for your dedication to APWA, Larry! The next one is very special to me and others within the chapter. I want to congratulate my good friend and beloved past AZ Chapter President and long-time industry servant, Loretta Flick. She is retiring this month. Loretta best wishes for the next chapter of your life. May you as find much happiness and success in your retirement as you provided this chapter through the many years of your involvement.
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Long time APWA Member and Past President, Loretta Flick, announced her retirement October 1st. Loretta spent 25 years in the A/E/C industry and most recently served as the Business Development Manager for Cardno. The Arizona Chapter of APWA recognizes and thanks Loretta for her contribution and leadership with APWA. Loretta was an APWA member for 14 years serving on various committees, as the conference and membership chair, as a Board member, and as Chapter President for 30 months. Thank you Loretta and we wish you the best of luck in your retirement!
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2021 Statewide Conference Wrap Up
Thank you to all the committee members, attendees, sponsors, moderators and speakers for making the second virtual Arizona Chapter APWA Statewide Conference a success. Although we were hoping to have the 2021 conference in person, the impact of COVID-19 was and is still very serious and unfortunately we could not provide members and attendees with the type of high-quality in-person conference you have enjoyed for many years. But the times they are a changin’ and our plan to have the conference in-person at the El Conquistador Tucson on August 3-5, 2022.
The 2021 Free Virtual Summer Series was packed full of educational and entertaining presentations and we also provided several Agency Showcase sessions which was a new feature this year. The videos are available on the website and will never be taken down which we think provides our members and the public with opportunities to learn with no end date.
Visit the website to view videos of the summer series presentations.
Now that it’s over, we are happy to say that we didn’t have any technical issues during the Virtual Summer Series and that’s in large part to the training and support from our chapter administrator and her staff. A big thanks goes to Sheila Hamilton and Nancy Lutey.
Thanks again to everyone who contributed to and/or attended the 2021 virtual conference. Feel free to contact us directly anytime with comments, feedback or to get involved in next years planning. Again, thank you all for your support and we look forward to next year’s conference at the El Conquistador Tucson.
SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 3-5, 2022
Arizona Statewide Conference Co-Chairs
2021 Project of the Year Award Winners
Congratulations to all the project teams for their hard work and dedication to excellence in our industry. Visit the conference website to view a video presentation of the award winners.
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