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. 

Over 450 attendees and more than 50 vendors joined together November 17-18, 2022 at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake for the chapter's annual fall conference. The new conference facility was well-received by attendees, providing open spaces for networking, large rooms for education sessions and an expanded exhibit hall. "A great networking event ..." "Interesting content and a modern and spacious venue" " The quality of presenters and topics was outstanding" are a few of the comments received by attendees.

Download the conference brochure for full session descriptions and additional conference details.

A summary of sessions is below.

Conference registrants seeking session handouts, presentations, a PDH form an other information should refer to the link in the November 14, 2022 email from mary@crescendoconsultingsolutions.com

Thursday, November 17

  • Keynote: Public Works and Tribal Nations: Governments, Sovereignty, Cultural Resources and Partnerships (Rebecca Crooks Stratton, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community; James Jones, Cultural Resources Expert)
  • Understanding Emotional Intelligence (Julie Thiel, WSB)
  • Concurrent Sessions
    • Asset Management Panel and Interactive Workshop (Brett Anderson, City of Minneapolis; Russ Matthys, PE, City of Eagan; Shannon McGrath, WSB; Trisha Stefanski, MnDOT)
    • Gray Area Thinking (Ellie Krug, Human Inspiration Works, LLC)
    • Sparking Solar and Electric Vehicle Acceleration in Your Cities (Amy Fredregill, WSB; Ross Bintner, PE, City of Edina; Ryan Johnson, City of Roseville; Charlie Yunker, City of St. Anthony Village)
    • Tools for Effective Public Engagement (Tracy Smith, City of Bloomington; Laura Horner, City of Bloomington)
    • City and Tribal Partnerships: Collaborations in Infrastructure and Cultural Resource Management (Steve Albrecht, PE, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community; Andy Brotzler, PE, City of Prior Lake; Steve Lillehaug, PE, PTOE, City of Shakopee)
  • Concurrent Sessions
    • ‚ÄčAsset Management: Two Case Studies (Adam Gordon, PE, Metropolitan Council; Jeffrey Schwarz, PE, Metropolitan Council; Ross Bintner, PE, City of Edina)
    • Organizational Allyship 101 (Ellie Krug, Human Inspiration Works, LLC)
    • State of Solid Waste (Matt Herman, Republic Services; David Herberholz, City of Minneapolis; Chris LaBounty, PE, City of Plymouth; Lisa Thibodeau, Chisago County)
    • Public Engagement Beyond the Empty Auditorium (Nicole Kraus, Bolton & Menk; Madeline Peters, Bolton & Menk; David Sandberg, Bolton & Menk)
    • Dale Street Bridge Reconstruction (Luke Lortie, PE, Ramsey County; Matt Christensen, PE, SE, TKDA; Mica Lee Anders, Artistic Placemaker)

Friday, November 18

  • Seizing the Infrastructure Moment: National and Local Perspectives (Andrea Eales, APWA National; Kristin Asher, PE, City of Richfield / Raise Our Grade; Michelle Stockness, PE, Barr / MN2050; Zach Johnson, PE, City of Lakeville / APWA-MN Government Affairs Committee; Serge Phillips, MnDOT)
  • Blue Line Extension Anti-Displacement Initiative (C. Terrence Anderson, University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs; Cathy Gold, Hennepin County Public Works Transit and Mobility Dept.; Sam O'Connell, Metropolitan Council)
  • Engineering Ethics: Let’s Talk About It (Kristine Kubes, J.D., Kubes Law Office)

Questions or for additional information, contact Mary Detloff, CAE, Crescendo Consulting Solutions, mary@crescendoconsultingsolutions.com or 612.597.7899.

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