Fall Workshop & Conference

The APWA-MN Fall Workshop & Conference is held annually in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Two workshop options are offered on the first day; the conference is a two-day event focused on technical issues issues, and offers hours toward professional continuing education requirements. The chapter announces the winners of the APWA-MN Chapter Awards and Scholarship Program during the Fall Conference.

Fall Conference 2016: Register Online Today

The APWA-MN 2016 Fall Conference will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, November 17-18, 2016.

-- ‚ÄčUse the online registration when registering one person and paying with a credit card.
-- Use the 
paper registration form when registering multiple people, registering someone other than yourself, or need to have the registration fee billed to your organization. Please do not return registration forms via email.

Member Cost: $245
U of MN Student Chapter Member Cost: Free!
Non-Member Cost: $285

Welcome from the Conference Co-Chairs

The annual Fall Conference serves as the APWA Minnesota Chapter’s version of our “annual get-together”! Typically more than half of our chapter registers and attends, providing a networking and educational environment of over 500 professionals from all sectors and walks of public works in Minnesota. It is a gathering that simply must not be missed, whether you are in need of technical credits toward your professional license, wish to be educated on cutting edge topics from industry experts, or simply want to develop or continue relationships within the public works community.

Many things are familiar about this year’s conference—the location at Earle Brown Center, the format of keynote sessions mixed with concurrent technical sessions, and our celebration of scholarship winners, award-winning projects, and swearing in of chapter officers. And, back by popular demand, is the Thursday night Carnival event, enhanced by additional participation events and increased mingling/networking opportunities.

As always, the committee is proud of the speaker program we have put together. To kick us off, we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the National Parks by hearing from none other than the founder himself—President Theodore Roosevelt! He may be a little rough around the edges and perhaps a bit dated in his thinking, but he nonetheless carries timeless messages to share with us. We have concurrent sessions on myriad topics to satisfy many tastes, including ethics, snow removal, wastewater reuse, pipe rehabilitation, 3-D visualizations, and alternative intersections. A couple of Friday topics will prove to be informative as well: hear about MSP’s $1 billion expansion plans, as well as a recap of the 2016 general election and what it means to us locally, as interpreted by legislative experts in the Twin Cities.

Even though PWX is here this year, it can’t take the place of our own homegrown Fall Conference, which focuses on our chapter and its members, as well as celebrates our professional successes and efforts to give back to our communities. We look forward to seeing you at another great Minnesota Chapter get-together!

2016 APWA Fall Conference Co-Chairs:
Jupe Hale, City of Maple Grove
Chris Petree, City of Lakeville

Social Media: Join the Conversation #apwamn16 @APWAMN

We invite you to join the conversation about the APWA-MN Fall Conference by tweeting about the conference or posting updates to your LinkedIn and Facebook pages. The conference hashtag is #apwamn16. Also, be sure to follow the APWA-MN Chapter on Twitter: @APWAMN. Type this hashtag in your tweets/posts to continue the conference backchannel; you may also search Twitter for this hashtag to view the tweets online. These social media efforts will help participants network and meet new colleagues prior to and during the conference.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

This year, 9.25 PDHs will be offered to participants who attend the entire conference. Please visit the following website for pertinent information about PDH requirements: aelslagid.state.mn.us/conted.html#go.html

APWA Fall Workshop

The annual APWA Minnesota Chapter Fall Workshop has been cancelled for 2016. PWX offered an opportunity for local public works employees to access similar educational opportunities right here in Minneapolis. The Fall Workshop will return in 2017. Mark your calendars for November 15, 2017.

Save the Date

The APWA Minnesota Chapter Fall Workshop will be held November 15, 2017.
The APWA Minnesota Chapter Fall Conference will be held November 16-17, 2017

Carnival and Vendor Reception—Thursday, November 17

For the 2016 APWA MN Fall Conference, we are excited to be holding an on-site reception and Carnival from 4:15 to 8:00 p.m. in Carriage Hall on Thursday, November 17. There will be a cash bar and food provided throughout the event. This event will raise money for “Toys for Tots”. Attendees will have the chance to play “Minute to Win It” games at vendor booths and work to complete a bingo card that will be entered for a door prize drawing. This year’s event is similar to the one held at the Fall 2015 conference, but with several updates!

Guidebook Mobile App

We encourage you to download the mobile app to enhance your experience at the conference. We will send instructions to registered participants before the conference. Attendees will be able to plan their days with a personalized schedule and browse concurrent sessions, presenter biographies, exhibitors, and maps, and participate in the conference backchannel by posting on social media (Twitter and Facebook) before and during the conference. The app is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via the mobile site.

New Member / First-Time Attendee Breakfast

A breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. This is for members who have joined APWA MN Chapter within the last two years or who are first-time attendees of the APWA MN Chapter Fall Conference. Please check the box on the registration form if you wish to attend.

3rd Annual Leadership Academy and Public Works Executive Fellowship Alumni Breakfast

All Leadership Academy and Public Works Executive Fellowship alumni are invited to the Leadership Academy/Public Works Executive Fellowship Breakfast. Join us and reconnect with your classmates and help shape the future of the Leadership Academy/Public Works Executive Fellowship. A breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 17 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center for alumni of the APWA MN Chapter Leadership Academy and/or Public Works Executive Fellowship. Please check the box on the registration form if you wish to attend.

70th Anniversary Celebration

APWA - MN is celebrating our 70th anniversary as a Chapter this year so there may be treats involved. Also, the History Committee will be showing a video at the opening session illustrating the highlights of our Chapter's 70 years that you are not going to want to miss. Any questions or suggestions, please contact Dave Hutton, History Committee Chair, dhutton@sehinc.com

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