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2019 Spring Conference Update

May 20, 2019

2019 Spring Conference Update
May 21, 2019
Article submitted by Lydia Ener, Chair, Communications Committee
Following tradition, APWA-MN once again gathered at Grand View Lodge at the beginning of May for the annual Spring Conference. Over 190 members attended the conference, with 15 first time attendees to the event, continuing the streak of growing the conference each year. 
Prior to the conference and despite the cold, many started at the Pines Golf Course to kick off the event and connect with other professionals on the links. Although it was cold, the golfing was fun as always! The official start of the conference opened Wednesday evening with addresses from Chapter President Amy Grothaus and APWA Regional Director Chuck Williams. The keynote speaker for the evening was Jay Gubrud, who spoke about how to meaningfully and effectively connect with others.   
Thursday was a full day of speakers and activities, beginning with an address from Chapter Vice President Russ Matthys. Jay Gubrud led the morning workshop, titled “Speed Traps, Potholes, and Idiots” on how to eliminate the everyday roadblocks and assumptions that can sabotage success. The second speaker, Denise W. Barretto led an interactive session on “Inclusive Leadership for the 21st Century,” which gave practical tips to define diversity and build more inclusive work environments. Following the speakers, the chapter was given updates from the Diversity Committee, Education & Training Committee, and the APWA Leadership Academy Graduation. Following lunch on Thursday, nearly 60 people participated in the 4th Annual Service Project, organized by Chris Petree, at a local park in downtown Nisswa.  
Friday continued the strong content for the chapter, with updates from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a Legislative update from the League of Minnesota Cities and the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, and the role out of the chapter’s Raise Our Grade campaign and website. To close the conference, Bob Sansevere of KQRS-FM spoke on the topic of embracing the journey rather than fixating on exclusively attaining goals in both private and professional lives. 
Even with the hint of snow and chilly weather, it was another successful year at Grand View, with opportunities for education, network development, and fun. A big thanks to everyone who attended the conference, the volunteers on the organizing committees, and all within APWA who made it happen. See you next year!

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