For more than 100 years, the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition has drawn thousands of public works professionals from all over the world. This year will be no exception.
The early-bird registration deadline for the 2011 congress in Denver has been extended until Aug. 8 to accommodate those on a fiscal year budget cycle. The early bird registration saves qualified attendees $50 over the regular admission price.
The American Public Works Association's congress and exposition will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from Sept. 18 to 21. The event will feature more than 125 educational sessions, four keynote speakers, hundreds of exhibitors covering 90,000 square feet of exhibit space, and a variety of workshops and tours, including a full-day public works stormwater summit on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Michael Hayden, retired U.S. Airforce four-star general and former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, will give the opening general session address. Scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, Hayden will speak on Crisis Management in Complex Organizations.
Ian Hill, award winning change agent, founder and president of The Changing Point, will give the Monday morning address at 8:30 a.m. It is entitled Becoming a Community Builder - Leadership in Changing Times.
Steven Berlin Johnson, best-selling author, social critic and technologist, will address the congress at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. His presentation is entitled Creativity and the Brain - Where Do Great Ideas Come From?
Gregg Steinberg, sports psychologist and professor of human performance, will give the Wednesday morning address from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. His presentation is entitled Full Throttle: How to Supercharge Your Energy and Performance at Work.
Sustainability will play a significant role in many of the educational sessions this year. Among the topics will be walkability, green roofs, sustainability planning and development, energy-efficient outdoor lighting, green infrastructure, permeable pavement, community resiliency, on-site energy generation, low-impact development, solar power, water conservation, green jobs, sustainable equipment, alternative fuels, recycled construction materials, urban forestry, sustainable water delivery strategies, asphalt blended with recycled tires, paperless document management, wastewater reuse, sustainable utility construction, recycling incentives, energy grants, clean vehicle fleets, metics for sustainable transportation, hybrid vehicles for heavy duty use, adapting to climate change, strategies for a zero-waste community, sustainable grass sports fields, wood waste recycling, complete streets, electric vehicle infrastructure, using an APWA framework for sustainable communities, food waste programs, bike/pedstrian master plans, and much more.
This year's exposition will showcase the latest products, services and technologies specific to public works. Special "non-compete" hours will allow attendees to visit the floor uninterrupted.
Networking opportunites will abound at the congress with a variety of "get acquainted" parties, receptions and an awards ceremony.
Self Assessment Using the Public Works Management Practices Manual - A Tool for Improving Operations and Management
A pre-conference self-assessment seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, featuring APWA Director of Credentialing Ann Daniels. This session requires a separate fee and registration. The seminar is designed to help public works managers examine and evaluate their agency's current management policies and procedures. Attendees will learn how to target problem areas, identify opportunities, and improve the overall effectiveness of all of their public works operations. This workshop is designed for public works directors, managers, supervisors, and accreditation managers, as well as municipal administrators performing public works functions.