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2018 PWX Recap

September 20, 2018

2018 PWX Recap
By Amy Grothaus, Chapter Vice President
Between August 26 and August 29, Chapter members and other professionals from Minnesota attended the national PWX conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Enjoying 90-plus degree heat while visiting KC, chapter members gathered together on two special nights – the APWA National Awards Ceremony and celebration, and our annual Chapter Dinner. 
Minnesota was once again a frequent visitor to the awards ceremony stage receiving a total of nine national awards including:
  • The City of Hastings and Bolton & Menk, Inc. - Public Works Project of the Year for Small Cities/Rural Communities award for the City of Hastings Riverfront Renaissance Improvements
  • HGA - Public Works Project of the Year for Historical Restoration, >$75 million for the MN State Capitol Rehabilitation project
  • MnDOT, HDR and Lunda/Ames - Public Works Project of the Year, Transportation category >$75 million for the St. Croix Crossing project
  • The City of Minneapolis, SEH, Inc. and Meyer Contracting, Inc. - Public Works Project of the Year, Transportation ($25-$75 million) for the Nicollet Mall Redesign and Reconstruction project 
  • Mortenson - Public Works Project of the Year (Structures greater than $75 million) for the US Bank Stadium project
  • LRRB - Exceptional Performance Award (Journalism - Non-Chapter) for Addressing Citizen Requests for Traffic Safety Concerns Guidebook 
  • WSB & Associates, Inc. - Harry S. Swearingen Award (corporate) 
  • Jeannine Clancy - Harry S. Swearingen Award (Individual)
The Chapter also received the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE) award. This was Minnesota’s 14th consecutive year receiving the PACE award! Following the awards ceremony, folks gathered at the Flying Saucer bar and restaurant in KC’s amazing Power & Lights District to raise a glass to those who received an award. Go Minnesota!!
Following tradition, the Chapter Dinner was held on Tuesday night of the conference. Approximately 80 folks from Minnesota attended the evening’s festivities which were held at Tom’s Town Distillery. Named after Tom Pendergast, one of KC’s most notorious political bosses who ran the city in the days of prohibition, the private event space included twinkle lights, original wood floors, wood beams and exposed brick walls. Those in attendance were able to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails made from the distilleries award winning liquors, and for those interested, a tour of the distillery. Following the event, folks enjoyed dancing, ribs, and most importantly, continued time together as members of the Minnesota Chapter. 

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