APWA AZ Newsletter 2022 June

APWA AZ Newsletter 2022 June

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

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      June 2022


Jun 9, 2022
Young Professionals Luncheon
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June 15, 2022
APWA June Luncheon
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August 3-5, 2022
APWA Statewide Conference
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Good Advice

It is hard to believe a year has almost come and gone. As I near the end of my Presidency I am so grateful to have been a part of this organization for over 14 years. I have truly benefited professionally and personally from being a member of AZAPWA. As many of you know I will be retiring soon (don’t worry I will complete my duties as past president before I fade into the horizon) and wondered what words of wisdom or good advice I could impart to my colleagues in this last message. 

Let me start by being thankful for the good advice I received from three resolute AZAPWA chapter leaders (David Fabiano, Andy Goh, and Loretta Flick) who encouraged me to run for a board position which set me on this path to becoming your Chapter President. What a rewarding experience this has turned out to be. Thank you three and everyone else for pushing me to take this journey.

Next, I would like to remind everyone what an amazing year it has been. This chapter continues to run as the little engine that thinks it can AND DOES! Even with residual pandemic challenges, we managed to provide informative luncheon programs, successfully reconfigure our state conference as virtual, return to host an amazing holiday party raising $2,500 dollars for St. Mary’s Food Bank, hold two road clean up events, award scholarships to students, sell out our PWI certificate training, and host the National President. No wonder Arizona is known as a real “shining star” among other APWA chapters.

I would also like to thank my board and executive officers for their support. Amanda McGennis, Sandy Niebel, Angel Cobb, and Kristin Tytler, you made my job easy, and I cannot thank you enough for your contributions to the chapter. Delegates, Wendy, Dave and Al, thanks for keeping us on track with national, providing updates, getting our reports in on time. This is why we continue to “Stand Out” as a Chapter. Our branches (Southern and Northern) are beginning to return to normal. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Nancy, Bill, and Steve. Watch the newsletter for upcoming meetings in Tucson and Yavapai County area. Committee chairs and members, I realize it has been tough keeping your committees active, but you have done it. A BIG “Thank You” for your dedication. 

Members, those of you beginning to return to our programs, I appreciate you as well. This has been a rough couple of years, but your perseverance has not gone unnoticed, and it is your consistency that has kept our leadership wanting to provide you with the best services the chapter has to offer.

As I close out my year, I will end with this advice to Arizona’s Public Works Community. COME BACK, GET INVOLVED. We need your time, talent, and passion for public works to keep the chapter running. I leave you with Walt Disney’s quote from 1954, which sums up the membership of this chapter.

“Around here, however, we do not look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”

(Walt  Disney  Circa 1954). 


Donna Sullivan

Young Professionals Luncheon
June 9, 2022
Topic:  National and Local Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
Speaker: Casey Ambrose, P.E.

APWA June Program
June 15, 2022
Topic: Economic Forecast
Speaker: Alan Maguire

APWA Statewide Conference
August 3-5, 2022

New Members

Benjamin Becker  
Ryan James  
Kathleen KrasenicsSenior Account ExecutiveNORESCO
Heidi Lasham Town of Sahuarita
Mr. Craig Wenger Michael Baker International

New Member Spotlight
Be the next new APWA member to be featured!  This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and to make new connections with potential clients and customers.

All it takes is to reach out to Joseph Blackman, joe@vitendo.us

Vincent Mauro CPM, FMP

Superintendent, Facilities Services Division - Public Works Department

Town of Queen Creek

View the video below to meet new member Vincent Mauro.

Who's Who in Public Works

If you work in Public Works and are interested in being spotlighted in our “Who’s Who in Public Works” Section, please contact Joseph Blackman at joe@vitendo.us

Professional Development
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Click, Listen & Learn Webinars & Talking Top Tech Webinars

APWA Educational Calendar. To register, click here: Calendar (apwa.net)

June 14th – Accreditation Open Forum Series – Benefits & Investments

June 23rd – CL&L – Public Awareness of Low Head Dam Safety
July 6th – SC/RC Perspective on Transportation
July 14th – CL&L – How Many Ways Can you Count a Bike
August 4th – CL&L – Adapting Permitting Services in a Virtual World

APWA Resource Center Home – Previously recorded Sessions
Climate Change: What Does it Mean for Local Government
Incorporating Social Equity Into Decision Making

Find these and other opportunities on the APWA CALENDAR.

Public Works Job Opportunities
This section allows agencies to advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to joe@vitendo.us. In addition, check out the APWA Work Zone site! Job openings on the site may be sorted by key word and location. 

View Job Opportunities

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