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.

The 2018 APWA-MN Fall Conference and Workshops will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, November 14-16, 2018.

Fall Workshop -- Leadership Workshop -- November 14, 2018
-- Use the online registration when registering one or more people and paying with a credit card.
-- A paper registration form for payment via check, purchase order, or billing option is available upon request via email to ccapsconf3@umn.edu.
Registration Rate: $150
Fall Conference -- November 15-16, 2018
-- Use the online registration when registering one or more people and paying with a credit card.
-- A paper registration form for payment via check, purchase order, or billing option is available upon request via email to ccapsconf3@umn.edu.
Member Cost: $255
U of MN Student Chapter Member Cost: Free!
Non-Member Cost: $295
If you encounter issues registering online:
Account access and password questions should be referred to the University of Minnesota’s IT help at 612-301-4357. Be sure to mention you are using a guest account. 
Group registration questions should be referred to the College of Continuing and Professional Studies’ Registration Team at ccapsreg@umn.edu or 612-625-2900.
Other registration questions should be referred to the conference planning team at ccapsconf3@umn.edu.
Welcome from the Conference Co-Chairs
Greetings fellow Public Works Professionals! In the program that follows (which we are confident you will read in great detail), you will find that your Conference Committee has put together an outstanding array of speakers and topics, from the keynote all the way through the Friday afternoon ethics session. The Committee is proud of the quality of this year’s program and the value it provides to our membership. Here are some highlights.
Thursday Keynote: Saint Paul native, former Twin, World Series Champion, and newly minted Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Morris! Jack will speak on team building and leadership lessons he has learned throughout his career and his involvement in baseball after his playing days. As an added bonus, we have extended the break time after the keynote to give attendees an opportunity to meet Jack!
Thursday General Session: Six of the most innovative technologies coming out of Silicon Valley, and how they do or will affect public works. Mr. Naeem Zafar, technology industry expert with his finger on the pulse of innovation, will discuss these emerging technologies from a firsthand perspective, as well as give some tips on successfully introducing innovation.
Friday General Session: Mr. James Joseph, FEMA Region 5 Administrator, will address the chapter. Topics will include FEMA’s 2018−2022 Strategic Plan (which focuses on a culture of preparedness, readying the nation for catastrophic events, and reducing FEMA complexity) and the transfer of the National Flood Insurance Program to private markets.
Friday General Session: Did you know that one of the most advanced and highest-performing wastewater solids incineration systems in the country is owned and managed by the Metropolitan Council? As the agency that provides wastewater collection and treatment for nearly all the cities in the metro area, MCES will share their perspective on their more than 80 years of incineration, as well as their $180M plans to add a fourth incinerator and upgrade existing ones.
Friday Closing Session: Our ethics session will focus on decision making. Dr. Richard Kyte of Viterbo University will present the “Four Way Method for Ethical Decision Making” and engage attendees to apply the method to difficult cases faced by organizational leaders.
Naturally, these headliner sessions are not all we offer. There are 10 concurrent sessions touching on myriad technical and management topics. We will again have representation from the national level, including the APWA president. We will hear agency updates to keep you informed, induct our 2018−2019 officers, and celebrate our accomplishments during our awards and scholarship presentation. And of course, we will have a social event on Thursday, returning to our historic offsite format for relaxed and fun interaction with your peers.
We hope you are as enthusiastic about the program as we are and that you will join us in November. You are sure to leave better educated, better connected, and with a renewed sense of energy and pride in our profession.
We will see you there!
Jupe Hale, City of Maple Grove
Amy Grothaus, Braun Intertec
Co-chairs, APWA Minnesota Chapter 2018 Fall Conference Committee
Social Media: Join the Conversation #apwamn18 @APWAMN
We invite you to join the conversation about the APWA-MN Fall Conference and Workshops by tweeting about the conference or posting updates to your LinkedIn and Facebook pages. The conference hashtag is #apwamn18. 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, 9.50 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
Reception & Offsite networking event —Thursday, November 16
At the 2018 conference, we return to our historic offsite networking event after a brief reception at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. More details will be provided at a later date by the APWA Membership Committee.
New Member, Annual Leadership Academy Alumni, and Young Professionals Breakfast
A breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center for Leadership Academy and Public Works Executive Fellowship alumni, new APWA-MN Chapter members who have joined within the last two years or who are first-time attendees, and young professionals. Please check the box on the registration form if you wish to attend.
Nichole Salinas
University of Minnesota

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