Fall Conference

The APWA-MN Fall Conference is held each November in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The two-day conference is focused on technical education and offers hours towards professional continuing education requirements. Winners of the APWA-MN chapter awards and recipients of chapter scholarships are announced and recognized during the fall conference. 

The APWA-MN 2021 Fall Conference and Workshop, held November 17-19 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, can best be summarized by the phrase “It is SO GOOD to see you! It’s been too long and I’m so happy to be together again!” – shared between friends and colleagues throughout the event.

Over 400 APWA-MN members and friends gathered to network, learn and connect with one another at this year’s fall conference. From the kickoff keynote session by Dr. Abdul Omari on recognizing and responding to bias, through the closing panel discussion on civil unrest and what your community can do to prepare, conference attendees benefitted from the expertise and experience of dozens of outstanding presenters. Additionally, nearly 40 exhibitors were on hand to support the chapter and network with members throughout the event. Fall conference attendees were treated to a special Minnesota chapter 75th anniversary program, created by the APWA-MN History Committee.  
The fall workshop hosted nearly 60 attendees who earned their Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate and visited with nearly 20 workshop exhibitors, invited to participate in the workshop for the first time in 2021. 
Download the conference brochure for full session descriptions and workshop and conference details. 
A summary of sessions is below. 
Conference registrants seeking session handouts, presentations, a PDH form and other information should refer to the link in the November 23, 2021 email from mary@crescendoconsultingsolutions.com
Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Workshop – Nov. 17, 2021
Fall Conference – Nov. 18-19, 2021
Thursday, Nov. 18
  • Keynote Presentation: Recognizing and Responding to Bias (Dr. Abdul Omari, AMO Enterprise)
  • Building an Ethical Culture from the Inside Out (Dr. Chad Weinstein, Ethical Leaders in Action)
  • Concurrent Sessions
    • EV Programs: Opportunities and Practicalities (Russ Stark, City of St. Paul; Amy Hanson, City of Plymouth)
    • Asset Management Case Studies (Peter Muehlbach, WSB; Russ Matthys, City of Eagan; Jacob Strombeck, AE2S; Barb Cederberg, Gopher State One Call)
    • Rice Street Visioning Study (Nick Fischer, Ramsey County; Scott McBride, Bolton & Menk; Haila Maze, Bolton & Menk; Nicole Kraus, Bolton & Menk)
    • New Technology to Soothe Your Stormwater Woes (Todd Hubmer, Bolton & Menk; Ed Matthiesen, Stantec; Derek Benoy, Bolton & Menk)
    • We’re Open! Navigating Construction and Operations at MSP During Construction of the Silver Ramp (Jerry Schwientek, Kimley-Horn; Ashley Vlasak, Metropolitan Airports Commission)
    • Shared Micromobility in Minnesota: Where are the Shared Bikes and Scooters? (Danielle Elkins, City of Minneapolis; Ben Manibog, City of Richfield; Elliott McFadden, MnDOT)
    • New Technology and New Uses of Existing Technology (Kyle Mullen, Bolton & Menk; Mitch Hoeft, Bolton & Menk; Joe Rubbelke, Utility Logic; Brian Simmons, Bolton & Menk)
    • FirstNet 2020 and Beyond: Latest Innovations on the National Public Safety Broadband Network (Jonathan Lewin, FirstNet Authority)
    • Nitrate Removal from Drinking Water Supplies Using Biological Filtration (Nick Egger, City of Rosemount; Greg Johnson, WSB; Ursinio Puga, WSB)
Friday, Nov. 19
  • Infrastructure Funding: A Legislative Panel (Representative Connie Bernardy; Senator Ann Johnson Stewart; Representative Tony Jurgens; Senator David Senjem)
  • Sustainability: Policies, Partnerships & People (Kevin Bright, Destination Medical Center; Lauren Jensen, City of Rochester; Russ Stark, City of St. Paul; Emma Struss, City of Bloomington)
  • Civil Unrest Leads to a Redefined “First Response:” Panel Discussion on Lessons Learned and What You Can Do to be Ready (Brette Hjelle, City of Minneapolis; Mike Colestock, City of Minneapolis; Senior Commander Troy Greene, City of St. Paul; Daniel Ruiz, City of Brooklyn Park)
We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 Spring Conference, May 11-13, at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa!
Questions or for information: Mary Detloff, Crescendo Consulting Solutions, 612.597.7899, mary@crescendoconsultingsolutions.com

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