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Pre-show planner.

strength in numbers

You are not alone.

Yours is one of nearly 20,000 public works departments serving citizens across the United States. Each agency struggles with the same challenges: responding to ever-changing (and ever-expanding) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, deciding how and when to restore or replace aging infrastructure, managing your department's assets, and gathering the funding and personnel to make it all possible.

To be the most effective public servant possible, you must keep up with changes in public works-related processes, equipment and technology. But how?


According to an exclusive PUBLIC WORKS reader survey, the top two ways you gather information are at educational seminars (65%) and trade shows (61%). The American Public Works Association's 2006 International Public Works Congress and Exposition (Sept. 10-13 in Kansas City) offers both--and the chance to learn from your peers.


The following pages are broken into 13 core public works areas, with highlights on the speakers and products the APWA has assembled for each. For more detail on any of them, visit When you're not sharing advice and war stories with your peers, walk the trade show floor to try out the equipment and tools your vendors have developed to help you and your department be as proactive as possible.


We're delighted to help you take maximum advantage of your precious travel budget at the APWA Congress and Exposition, the only conference dedicated solely to public works professionals. If you're one of the thousands of PW leaders planning on attending the show, please drop us a line at; we'd love to hear your thoughts on the show, including your can't-miss seminars and items you'll be prowling for on the exhibit space floor. See you in Kansas City!


--The Editors of PUBLIC WORKS


Snow and ice can bring your municipality to a standstill if you're not prepared to combat them. These sessions and exhibitors will help give you the tools to stop winter weather cold.

Mixing it up

Using the right salt brine mix to combat snow and ice can be tricky. How do you come up with a mixture that works at low temperatures while remaining cost-effective? Two agencies will discuss their blending experiments during The Ins and Outs of Blending Salt Brine (Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 to 2:50 p.m.). Mark DeVries, superintendent for the McHenry, Ill., County Division of Transportation will discuss how his agency tinkered with different chemicals, ultimately creating a three-deicer blend called Supermix and winning a 2006 Technical Innovation Award from APWA's Chicago Metro Chapter. "The system takes operator error out of the mix, and we reduced filling time in our trucks," he says.

Joining in the discussion will be Bret Hodne, superintendent of the department of public works in West Des Moines, Iowa; he will relate how his agency--inspired by McHenry's success--has experimented with blending and using computerized controls. "With the reduced or tight budgets that many agencies have to work with, finding more economical ways to effectively handle winter storms has some real merit," says Hodne.



More education

Monday, Sept. 11, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

From the Shovel to the Plow

For agencies finding it hard to wrestle with staffing their snow and ice operations, training may be the key. Representatives from Milwaukee will share their experiences in working to fully staff their snowplow team. This session suggests that training existing labor and managerial staff could help municipalities complement their snow-fighting efforts.

Monday, Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.

Automatic Spreading--Science Fiction or Modern Technology?

The concept of automatic spreading may sound implausible to some, but the technology has been implemented successfully in Europe, and one North American agency harnessed it during the winter of 2005-2006. The system determines how much salt to spread, enabling the driver to focus on plowing.

On the show floor

Extreme-duty plow

Henke Manufacturing Corp., Booth 2501

The Tube Table snowplow--suitable for rugged applications--has a 5x5x3/8-inch tubular reversing table and an extremely tough reversing mechanism. A six-spring tripping mechanism allows the moldboard to pass over obstacles and automatically return to the plowing position. Circle 1.

Quick-attach plow

Air-Flo Manufacturing, Booth 204

Quick Silver snow plows come in two versions: one with a moldboard constructed of 304 stainless steel, and another made of 11-gauge stainless steel with seven laser-cut stainless-steel ribs and two full-length braces. The quick-attach mounting feature lets the driver attach or disconnect the plow in seconds. The plows fit on trucks from 1/2 to 1 ton. Circle 2.



Maintaining a community's transportation infrastructure is one of a PW department's most important roles. This year's show offers sessions and products to help you keep your roads, bridges, and traffic systems in good health.

Big-picture traffic plan

Hartford, Conn., made an innovative move when it decided to take a citywide approach to its traffic woes and create a traffic calming master plan for its 14 residential neighborhoods. In Proven Technologies and Strategies for Traffic Calming (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.), representatives from the city and its consultants will lay out their collaborative, ground-up approach to developing the master plan. The team collected data, performed site inspections, solicited input from citizens and other stakeholders, and worked closely with neighborhoods to map out and implement measures to help slow speeders, reduce cut-throughs, and better manage traffic on non-residential streets.



Practical pavement preservation

These two programs discuss ways to keep pavement in tiptop shape. Before the conference kicks off, attendees can sit in on a pre-conference workshop entitled Pavement Preservation--Principles and Practice (Saturday, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Larry Galehouse, director of the National Center for Pavement Preservation, and Gerry Eller, executive director of the Foundation for Pavement Preservation, will help you shift from a crisis-response, "repair the worst first" way of thinking and move toward a more proactive philosophy--employing treatments and practices that extend pavement life.


Then, Western Emulsions Inc. representative Bob McRea, along with Pavement Technology Inc. technical consultant John G. Calvert, will present Pavement Preservation Strategies and Techniques (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 to 5 p.m.). Topics covered include various products and technologies that can help your agency extend pavement life.

Going beyond the surface

Using geosynthetic materials on unpaved and low-volume roads could reduce the amount of aggregate required in construction and significantly reduce construction costs. Road owners, designers, maintenance engineers, and contractors can learn about the concept at Revolutionizing Aggregate-Surfaced Road Design (Monday, Sept. 11, 10 to 10:50 a.m.). This workshop--presented by representatives from Tensar Earth Technologies and Geosynthetica--will cover how the use of geosynthetics and new methods are impacting current and future aggregate-surfaced road design.

More education

Monday, Sept. 11, 2 to 2:50 p.m.

Can You See Me Now? Meeting the new MUTCD Retroflectivity Standards

Learn about a Florida county's field study that assessed the potential impact of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices retroflectivity standards, and the potential cost of compliance.

Tuesday Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Access Management: More Than Moving Driveways

A Missouri community crafted an access management plan that fruitfully balanced the need to limit the number of driveways and cross streets on major thoroughfares, with allowing successful business and development projects to move forward.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Light the Way to Roadway Safety

A lighting consultant will share best practices for designing lighting assemblies for roadways, parks, subdivisions, and parking lots, including energy-efficient methods to ensure roadway and neighborhood safety.

On the show floor

Decorative asphalt

Integrated Paving Concepts/StreetPrint, Booth 220

The DuraTherm process enables users to install decorative asphalt with inlaid patterns at crosswalks, traffic lanes, and handicap buffer zones. Because there is no need to repaint lines or adjust shifting bricks, the product requires less maintenance than a painted surface or pavers. Circle 3.


Pavement coring and reinstatement

Utilicor Technologies Inc., Booth 735

This process combines a rotary coring truck or Minicor skidsteer mounted coring unit with a proprietary bonding compound to reinstate keyholes. The bonding compound reaches final set in 30 minutes so roads can be reopened to traffic quickly. Circle 4.


Managing road infrastructure

GBA Master Series Inc., Booth 1133

Street Master enables PW managers to integrate all street-related infrastructure components. The product helps users efficiently inventory pavement, locate areas in need of repair, and manage traffic signals. Circle 5.

Bright traffic-control signage

Light For Life Signs Inc., Booth 1038

These two-sided signs incorporate ultra-bright LEDs in a pixel arrangement. Visible up to 1 mile away at night, the products can be handheld or stand-mounted, and they can be programmed. Circle 6.

Quick concrete repair

Unique Paving Materials Corp., Booth 1928

CPM is a high-strength, rapid-developing concrete patch with high resistance to chlorides and acids. It can withstand high freeze/thaw conditions, and it offers high compressive and shear/bond strength with no need for an additional bonding agent. Circle 7.

Pavement marking eraser

Smith Manufacturing, Booth 2410

The X3 triple-head dry eraser quickly removes markings on concrete or asphalt surfaces. It removes areas up to 20 inches wide, does not leave grooves, and offers self-contained operation. Circle 8.


emergency management

When disaster strikes, public works personnel are as important to recovery as police, fire, and other emergency responders. Attend these sessions and learn how to brace for the worst, and respond best.

What would you do?

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf states, PW leaders took a hard look at their own operations, wondering what would happen if a similar catastrophe befell their communities. In How Would Your Agency Respond to an Event like Katrina? (Monday, Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.), Gainesville, Fla., public works director Teresa A. Scott--along with co-presenter and director of plan management with the New York City Office of Emergency Management MaryAnn E. Marrocolo--will share the steps required to prepare for emergencies, specific response roles, and the relationships a city should build with other emergency responders.


More education

Sunday, Sept. 10, 4 to 4:50 p.m.

Disaster Pre-Planning--Emergency Contracting

A collection of public agencies, consultants, and contractors will outline tactics for planning post-disaster design and construction services ahead of time, so that recovery efforts are as efficient and cost-effective as possible.


Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.

Disaster Debris Management:

The Cold Face of Disaster

Following a real-life winter storm as an example, work your way through the steps required in a successful response--from directing field staff, to interacting with local bureaucracies, to dealing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Technical tour

Overland Park's New Command and Control Center

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1 to 4:30 p.m., $25

The city's new state-of-the-art center provides a permanent home to its emergency operation center and coordinates emergency response resources. A boxed lunch is included.


No matter what's flowing through them, the pipes under your agency's command must be sturdy and reliable. These sessions will help you install and keep your pipes in good service for years to come.

Better installation by design

During Pilot Tube Microtunneling Using Vitrified Clay Jacking Pipe (Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 to 2:50 p.m.), attendees will learn how to use this technique to install gravity sewer lines accurately, with no need for an excavated trench. Presenter Jeffrey Jacob Boschert, field engineer for the National Clay Pipe Institute, will outline the method's benefits, including reduced installation costs, elimination of traffic delays, and the ability to avoid typical engineering problems such as utility obstacles, poor soils, and high groundwater.


More education

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 to 2:50 p.m.

Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP):

Are You Getting What You Paid For?

Over the past 10 years, CIPP prices have dropped dramatically, but you can be tripped up by poor performance, and high repair and maintenance costs. Learn how to protect yourself against poor-quality products and apply appropriate rehab methods.

On the show floor

Pipeline repair

National Liner, Booth 1720

This cured-in-place pipe repair system consists of a non-woven, needled polyester felt liner, and a thermosetting resin to saturate the liner during the manufacturing process. The product strengthens pipe, stops groundwater infiltration, and resists effluent corrosion and abrasion. Circle 9.

Polymer mortar pipes

HOBAS Pipe USA, Booth 2618

The company offers centrifugally cast, fiberglass-reinforced, polymer mortar pipes for pressure or non-pressure service. Pipes are available with diameters from 18 to 100 inches, and pressure ratings up to 250 psi. Circle 10.


Conserving fleet costs and maximizing efficiency requires planning, skillful management, and knowledgeable operators. These sessions and exhibits are geared toward helping fleet managers make the most of the trucks they command.

Fueling fleet change

Milwaukee recently launched a program to retrofit residential refuse trucks with diesel oxidation catalyst mufflers; the U.S. EPA awarded the city a grant for retrofitting 90 of its trucks. During the session Clean Diesel 101: Why, How, and the Money (Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 to 3:50 p.m.), Jeffrey Tews--equipment acquisition and disposal coordinator for the city--will profile the city's unique efforts to incorporate clean-fuel technology into its fleet (valued at more than $145 million) and share with attendees the program's challenges and successes, along with co-presenters Monica Beard-Raymond, EPA's team lead for the clean diesel construction and agriculture sectors, and Kenneth Katch, director of Caterpillar's Emissions Solutions Group. Tews has more than a quarter century of experience in Milwaukee's Fleet Services Section and has seen an increased awareness of the impact municipal vehicles have on pollution, as well as a growing demand for alternative fuel solutions.


More education

Sunday Sept. 10, 2 to 2:50 p.m.

A New Concept for Equipment Purchase

An innovative procurement program redefines the concept of "low bid," saves taxpayer dollars, and eliminates redundant bid procedures.

Monday Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.

Can the Fleet Management Life Cost Cycle Work for You?

Learn how one fleet program has saved money and increased efficiency by applying life cost cycle management principles to its operation.

Monday Sept. 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

What Public Works Fleet Managers Can Learn from Recent Federal Fleet Initiatives

Moves by the feds will likely serve as models for new processes and procedures to be implemented by local governments.


On the show floor

Secure bed cover

Thacker Manufacturing Inc., Booth 2507

The HercuLoc secure truck bed cover protects valuable equipment from theft. A cam lock holds the cover and tailgate closed. It uses a code-hopping remote control and self-locking industrial ball-screw actuator, saving time at the jobsite. Circle 11.


Truck-mounted attenuator

Quixote Transportation Safety, Booth 1033

The SST Safe-Stop truck-mounted attenuator features anti-rotational dampeners that lock the unit in place after an angled impact. Installation requires only minimal vehicle modification. Circle 12.


Body design software

J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, Booth 915

Diamond Logic builder software lets truck users easily integrate a wide range of vehicle configurations, chassis, body electrical systems, and other features into a custom-designed truck body. Circle 13.


Maintaining a balance between green spaces and gray spaces can be a challenge. A number of sessions are geared toward helping attendees make sure nature and infrastructure can coexist in their communities.

Walking the walk

Trees need space--above and below ground--to thrive. Unfortunately, sometimes a tree's roots and branches seem in direct competition with a city's infrastructure. Sidewalks, for example, need to be built and maintained, but doing so could damage or kill trees if not done carefully.


In Maintaining Sidewalks Without Uprooting Trees (Monday, Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.), Los Angeles chief forester George Gonzalez will talk about the high priority his city has placed on retaining mature trees while keeping the sidewalks in tiptop shape. Since 1999, Los Angeles has repaired approximately 300 sidewalk miles, which could have impacted as many as 15,000 trees. Thanks to innovative root-pruning techniques and alternative sidewalk construction concepts (such as meandering, ramping, and use of flexible paving materials), only 7% of the trees have needed replacement.


More education

Sunday, Sept. 10, 4 to 4:50 p.m.

TLC for the Urban Forest

The right tools and techniques can help PW personnel pinpoint problems that could lead to the decline of a municipality's green space and landscape. Discussion points include the basics of tree anatomy, nutrition, maintenance, climate condition, insects, and diseases.

Monday, Sept. 11, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

TMOST! Tractor/Mower Operator Safety Training

Get tips on best practices for tractor/mower operator safety, and develop your own safety checklist to take home.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

The River Returns:

Forest Park's Youthful Heart Beats Again

Hear how St. Louis partnered with public and private groups to implement a water-quality management plan, recreate a river, and restore its historical Forest Park.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 8:30 to 9:20 a.m.

Right Tree + Right Place = Protection

A tight budget and short staff can make it a real challenge to properly care for and replace trees. PW leaders from Concord, Mass., will share their successful strategies for implementing progressive tree planting and protection policies that allow trees and infrastructure to peacefully coexist.

On the show floor

Versatile tractor

New Holland Construction, Booth 234

The TV145 bidirectional tractor can be fitted with a range of attachments, saving grounds managers the trouble of transporting several machines to a jobsite. Users can easily convert the machine into a mower, stump grinder, chipper, snow blower, backhoe, or sweeper. Circle 14.


Truncated dome plates

East Jordan Iron Works, Booth 902

The 7005 series detectable warning plates are made of corrosion-resistant gray iron. They contrast with the adjoining sidewalk and complement nearby street and sidewalk products such as manhole covers, storm drains, and tree grates. The truncated dome shape and spacing comply with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Circle 15.


solid waste

Electronic waste, dwindling landfill space, and environmental friendliness all weigh heavily on a solid waste manager's mind. These programs will help you dispose of your waste concerns.

Stretching landfill life

As the public grows increasingly leery of siting new landfills, the choice to extend the service life of existing landfills is becoming more appealing to solid waste managers. When landfill operators cover the garbage over with dirt each day, the material consumes as much as 30% of landfill capacity. In the session Extend Landfill Life with Alternative Daily Cover and Other Applications (Monday, Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.), Jose Gamboa--superintendent of waste disposal for Santa Cruz, Calif.--will share a variety of methods to increase a landfill's useful life, including replacing dirt with tarps, applying a thin layer of cement, and increasing the density of refuse per cubic yard. "By implementing several techniques to extend landfill life," says Gamboa, "it gives science and technology time to develop methods and systems to deal with the problems of solid waste in a more environmentally benign and cost-effective manner."



More education

Monday, Sept. 11, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

What Do We Do With All the Electronic Waste?

Cell phones, computers, iPods--the pile of e-waste is growing, introducing potentially hazardous and toxic materials into the waste stream. This session will update you on legislative action being considered by several states, and discuss recycling and proper disposal.

Monday, Sept. 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Can Small-Town America Afford Automated Refuse Collection?

Find out if automated refuse collection is right for your municipality by hearing how two small towns financed equipment purchases--and attained the necessary buy-in from local officials, residents, and staff.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 8:30 to 9:20 a.m.

Turning Trash to Treasure--Saving Dollars While You Save the Earth

Three Kentucky counties joined forces to save landfill space and money by reusing crushed glass in roadbed construction; they also used shredded tires as mulch for parks, playgrounds, and landscape projects. Learn how they sold officials on the idea, and the savings/cost benefits of such projects.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

MSW Landfill Stability Issues

The stability of municipal solid waste landfills must be assessed in the long-term context of operations, post-closure care, and end-use plans. This session will cover best management practices, and emerging regulatory trends affecting landfill siting, design, construction, and operation.

On the show floor

Self-contained composting aerators

Brown Bear Corp., Booth 1810 The company's line of aerators provide an economical, mechanical solution for dewatering sludge in beds, building windrows, blending bulking agents or additives, pulverizing, and aerating or water mixing for aerobic composting. Circle 16.

Waste/recycling container

Busch Systems International Inc., Booth 1422 The Super Sorter One-In-One, suitable for indoor/outdoor recycling or waste collection, has a hinge on the side so it can be placed up against a wall to make the most of limited space. The rigid plastic liner is easy to remove and clean. Circle 17.



A great city or town starts with smart design--and smart engineers. This year's program offers a number of sessions to help PW personnel apply solid engineering and design principles to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Smart sustainable development

The Midwestern mecca of Milwaukee is in the midst of a dramatic transformation, thanks to successful sustainable development strategies, and public/private partnerships that generated more than $2 billion of new tax base. In Sustainable Development--A Winning Strategy for Growth (Monday, Sept. 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m.), city development commissioner Rocky Marcoux will outline the pivotal roles that planning, infrastructure, public works, and creative financing have played in executing sustainable growth in this major metropolitan area. His presentation will include case studies involving brownfields, adaptive reuse of historic warehouse districts, creation of a riverwalk, revitalization of public housing, and creation of new industrial zones.


Getting ROWs right

Public works personnel should include right of way (ROW) personnel at the onset of a project--doing so could help prevent costly construction delays down the road. Mack Dickerson will share successful strategies for acquiring ROW in horizontal design/build and construction-manager-at-risk projects in You Want the Right of Way When? (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.). The presentation is geared toward civil engineers, ROW managers, utility coordinators, appraisers, and construction managers. Vice president of Tierra Right of Way Services Ltd., Dickerson served as ROW project manager on the award-winning Skyline design/build project, the first in Arizona to include design/build in its scope.



More education

Sunday, Sept. 10, 4 to 5 p.m.

We Can Rebuild: Levee Disasters and the Aftermath

In 1972, Tropical Storm Agnes overwhelmed 14 levee miles and pumping stations in Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley; Larry Mathena Jr., a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, shares how lessons learned can be applied to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and preparations for future storms.

Monday, Sept. 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Integrating CSS Into Your Transportation Program

Context-sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach involving all stakeholders to develop transportation systems that preserve scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Sustainable Stormwater Design--A Case Study

Western Michigan University, the city of Kalamazoo, and a local economic development organization partnered on a private business park to create a sustainable stormwater system that improves water quality, reduces runoff, protects downstream property, and recharges groundwater.

building/facilities management

Green building can help your bottom line and the environment. Attend these programs and learn how ecologically minded design can save your agency money.

Following the LEEDers

Municipalities across the country are joining the green-building movement and striving for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Some cities are requiring certification for new or renovated buildings over a certain size. During LEEDing the Way--Municipalities Promote Green Building (Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 to 2:50 p.m.), learn about LEED criteria, design techniques and technologies, and pros and cons of the rating system. Presenter Leo Roy--director of environmental and energy services for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.--will discuss how the LEED standard has become a widely accepted method for reducing environmental impact, increasing energy efficiency, and combating rising utility costs.


Technical tour

Olathe Municipal Service Center, Murray L. Nolte Transit Center, Solid Waste Transfer Facility

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; $25

This tour gives attendees an opportunity to view three state-of-the-art facilities in suburban Johnson County, Kan. The city of Olathe's $11 million Municipal Service Center is the first municipal building in the state to be awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Certification. Next, the tour will visit the Murray L. Nolte Transit Center, an $8 million, energy-efficient facility that features natural grass prairie landscaping. The final stop: the city's new transfer station. A boxed lunch will be provided.



APWA attendees seeking construction machines, work management software, and other equipment and technology will have more than 500 exhibiting companies looking to attract their attention.

On the show floor

Advanced backhoe control

Volvo Construction Equipment, Booth 428

The BL70 backhoe loader has a loader pilot control that lets the operator open/close the bucket, forward/reverse, and kick down the selected power-shift speeds. A hydraulic lock enables quick change of attachments. Circle 18.


Project management software

SharpeSoft Inc., Booth 1619

Integrated Project Management avoids duplicate data entry by granting numerous personnel access to their specific tasks on a project at the same time. Features include budgeting, estimating, bid entry, and project status. Circle 19.

Reciprocating compressors

Ingersoll Rand Inc., Booth 1427

These reciprocating compressors feature configurable receiving tank and fuel options. The diesel model is a 16-hp, liquid-cooled unit; the gas version operates at 21.5 hp. A two-stage inner cooler maximizes efficiency and power. Circle 20.

GIS for utility mapping

Midland GIS Solutions, Booth 207

The company offers solutions that enable users to map and manage their utility infrastructure, both above-ground and underground. Once placed, an array of feature data can be attached to mapped data to perform analysis, create reports, and produce illustrations. Circle 21.

Capital improvement planning

CIPPlanner Corp./DigiCentury Consulting, Booth 205

CIP Access gives smaller municipalities the ability to plan and manage capital improvement programs and the projects within them. It tailors program features to the needs of a small town and avoids cost overruns, schedule slipping, and other costly mistakes. Circle 22.


At a time when talented public works engineers and staff are in short supply, strong leadership can help PW departments attract, keep, and develop quality employees.

Women leading the way

Last year's APWA show marked the debut of the Women in Public Works open forum. "The event was started to see if women in the public works profession wanted to get together and talk about their issues," says Susan M. Hann, deputy city manager of Palm Bay, Fla., and one of the panelists. The response was "outstanding"; the conference room was packed to capacity with about 70 women--and two male representatives of the association's Diversity Committee, who ended up the target of some good-natured ribbing.



Over the course of the forum, attendees discussed their career paths, shared success stories and pitfalls, and talked about how women just starting out in the public works field can get ahead. Both beginners and seasoned professionals learned a great deal during the session. "I learned that most issues in public works are really not gender-specific," says Hann.


Thanks to the success of last year's forum, the program is returning with A View From the Top--Women in Public Works Talk About Their Lives and Careers (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.). Panelists include Hann; Kansas City planning group leader Patricia Hilder-brand; Los Angeles public affairs director Cora Jackson-Fossett; New York City Office of Emergency Management director of plan management MaryAnn E. Marrocolo; Hillsborough County, Fla., general manager III Marianna Llanso; and Montgomery County, Md., fleet management division chief Sharon Subadan. The panelists will build upon last year's discussion of the challenges women in public works face, and the unique contributions they can make.

"I often find that I am the only woman in a room filled with men as we discuss and debate many issues," says Subadan. "In my experience, this is more of an opportunity than a challenge, as I am able to bring a different perspective to problem solving."

In addition to the forum, the association is presenting its first Women in Public Works Breakfast (Monday, Sept. 11, 7 to 8:30 a.m.). Charlottesville, Va., public works director Judy Mueller, a former APWA president, will lead attendees in an open-discussion forum.

A separate fee is required. Contact Ann Daniels at for more information.

Building your people

Public works professionals are constantly concerned with the construction and maintenance of their town's infrastructure. In People Work Ahead! Workplace Transformation Begins With You (Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 to 3:50 p.m.), Paul Fontecchio, principal pavement engineer for the city of Green Bay, Wis., suggests PW leaders should develop their people, too. "We'll be discussing what I consider to be the most important part of our job--leading and managing people," says Fontecchio. As the son of an Army captain, he says, "I grew up understanding very clearly what it meant to follow orders, what a good chain of command was, and how to lead." Session attendees will learn how to develop their staff, and transform workplace attitudes through time-honored principles and concrete suggestions.


Feeling your way

Many believe emotions have no place in the workplace. In fact, research shows that intelligent use of emotions can actually translate directly into improving employee performance. During Transform Your Workplace Using Emotional Intelligence (Monday, Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.), David Chambers, director of public works for Aurora, Colo., will relate how the city's Street and Traffic Division implemented the principles and a strengths-based approach to employee relationships. Attendees will come away from the session with the tools to improve their work environment and gain skills for their own professional and personal lives.

A public works call to arms

"The public works profession is in dire need of strong leaders who can motivate their people and communicate effectively," says Robert Hyde, director of public works and engineer for the city of Anacortes, Wash. "Public works leaders often set goals too low, fearing failure and lacking confidence in their abilities to achieve above and beyond the marginal."

During 15 Steps to Public Works Greatness (Monday, Sept. 11, 2 to 2:50 p.m.), Hyde will draw upon his two decades of experience in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps in outlining steps that public works professionals should follow to lead their agencies to greatness.

Keys to success

If you have your sights set on rising higher in the public works ranks, this session can offer insight into the skills and qualities you will need to get ahead. In Core Competencies: Your Foothold on the Public Works Ladder (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.), a panel of recent APWA Manager of the Year award recipients will share key qualities they feel contributed to their professional success.


"With shrinking funding and subsequent pushes to privatize services, it is imperative that public works field staff be trained to the highest levels as they relate to techniques and procedures," says panelist Cameron Harper, manager of maintenance management for Clark County, Nev. Other presenters include Michael S. Ross, assistant city engineer of Overland Park, Kan.; and Mary Ann Summerfield, director of parks and recreation for the city of Tulsa, Okla.

Getting the message across

In Lower Merion Township, Penn., the public works staffers are stars. Director of public works Donald K. Cannon and his crew star in a popular government-access television show that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at pothole repair, refuse collection, snow removal, capital improvements, stormwater management, and all things public works. With The Public Works Pipeline: Effectively Communicating to the Public (Wednesday, Sept. 12, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.), Cannon and public information officer Brenda Viola will discuss how they have used this unique tool to improve employee morale, maximize their message, and foster relationships with the local press.

stormwater/erosion control

From best management practices to NPDES permitting to effective system design, the conference offers several programs to help you get a handle on stormwater management.

Stormwater re-leaf

Studies at Cornell University show that combining the use of structural soils and porous pavements increases water recharge into the soil to aid in tree-root growth and decreases stormwater runoff. In Tree-Friendly Technologies for Stormwater Management (Monday, Sept. 11, 10 to 10:50 a.m.), Cornell professors Nina Bassuk and Peter Trowbridge will discuss how agencies can create a stormwater management plan that effectively and safely integrates trees and paved surfaces without creating pavement failures.


Erosion control technology

In order to track compliance at several construction sites, a group of neighboring communities implemented a common permitting system that uses a database, geographic information system, and global positioning system. During the session Make Erosion Control Inspections More Efficient With Technology (Wednesday, Sept. 13, 8:30 to 9:20 a.m.), learn how the communities used this system to streamline the inspection process, customize reports, and share information.


More education

Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 to 3:50 p.m.

Win-Win Approach to Stormwater Best Management Practices

Hear real-world examples of design techniques like inlet filters, wattles, erosion-control blankets, and bioswales, and learn cost-effective ways to implement these techniques.

Monday, Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.

Develop a Legal and Equitable Stormwater Utility Rate Structure

This session explores issues involved in crafting a rate structure that equitably allocates costs to customers and factors in the stormwater services they receive. Learn how to avoid legal challenges and implement a legally defensible basis for credits to customers that deploy stormwater best management practices.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

NPDES Permitting Made Easy Using Web Portal Technology

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System regulations require PW staff to complete activities throughout the year to meet pre-set goals. Attend this session and learn how to harness Web portal technology to streamline these efforts.

Monday, Sept. 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

New Cooperative Initiatives in Stormwater Management

Representatives from three different parts of the country will discuss their regional cooperative efforts to address stormwater quality issues. Their stories will include aggressive tactics to control fecal coliform bacteria, water quality and stream bank protection, and a sustainable stormwater management system.

On the show floor

Underground detention

CONTECH Construction Products Inc., Booth 443

Optimizer is a small, efficient stormwater runoff system with a flow-control device that uses a pressure head to immediately discharge at the maximum allowable rate, reducing required storage volume. Its small size requires less excavation and backfill than larger systems, reducing installation time and cost. Circle 23.

Modular catch basin filtration

Transpo Industries Inc., Booth 2605

The EnviroSafe modular catch basin filtration system consists of a basin that houses a filter cartridge, mounted at the grate. The cartridge handles a range of pollutants, including bacteria, hydrocarbons, oils, and metals. Circle 24.



With water shortages becoming increasingly prevalent and environmental regulations more stringent, water and wastewater managers are looking for ways to improve their operations.

Technology tells the tale

Atlanta realized that education could be an important first step in bracing citizens and local officials for the multi-billion dollar price tag to repair an outdated sewer system. To help customers understand what is involved in delivering drinking water, and how wastewater is collected and treated, they engineered a multimedia program to get the message across. Presenters of Using Multimedia to Sell Your Rate Increase (Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 to 3:50 p.m.) include Marilyn Johnson, Atlanta's director of public participation for watershed management; Karen Rich, president of Karen Gill Consulting; and Marla Hill, public information and outreach manager with CH2M Hill.


Batten down the hatches

Do you know the threshold of your municipality's sanitary sewer system? How big a storm would it take to overload your system? Will new development in the area worsen the problem? Attending the session Is Your Sewer System Ready for the Next Big Storm? (Monday, Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.) can help you use technology such as geographic information systems to track existing and project future sanitary flows, and use modeling to gauge system performance. Robert S. Czachorski--an engineer with Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment--will discuss the basics of wet weather flows, and discuss the concept of antecedent moisture conditions.

Going with the flow

Is it possible to meet the demands of new development without having the required permanent sanitary sewer capacity in place? Through the use of innovative approaches and temporary measures, cities can avoid the construction of new main interceptions. In Stretching our Trunk Sewer Service Area (Wednesday, Sept. 13, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.), Lincoln, Neb.'s superintendent of wastewater collection Brian Kramer, and Water Resources Modeling president and senior engineer Robert W. Carr, will discuss how agencies can use tools like temporary lift stations, capital improvement projects, dynamic modeling, and developer agreements to get the job done.



On the show floor

Cleaning/vacuuming machines

Hi-Vac Corp., Booth 1817 Aquatech B series cleaning/vacuuming machines are suitable for municipalities of any size to clean storm drains, catch basins, and combined sewers. Operators can jet and vacuum easily, even with minimal training. Circle 25.


Valve inspection service

Wachs Utility Services, Booth 1305

As part of the 500 Valve program, the company will send trained crews to perform comprehensive assessments of up to 500 valves. The service involves valve location, cleaning, inspection, and exercising of each valve, and detailed reports including all inspection data. Circle 26.

Vacuum excavators

Vermeer Manufacturing Co., Booth 2128

The company offers a range of vacuum excavation equipment that can handle wet or dry applications. Operators can use the machines to clean out lift stations, treatment plants, laterals, manholes, and other areas. Choose from skid-, trailer-, or skidsteer-mounted units. Circle 27.


Building/Facility      42

Emergency Management   36

Engineering/Design     41

Equipment/Technology   42

Fleets/Trucks          37

Leadership/Management  43

Parks/Grounds          38

Pipes                  36

Roads/Bridges/Traffic  33

Snow/Ice               32

Solid Waste            40

Stormwater/Erosion     46

Water/Wastewater       47
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