Tuesday, March 24, 2009

2009 APWA Statewide Conference - Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

2009 APWA Statewide Conference

Phoenix, Arizona

August 17 – August 18, 2009

The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association invites the submittal of abstracts of presentations to be considered for the 2009 APWA Statewide Conference. The conference will be at the Phoenix Convention Center on August 17 and August 18, 2009.

The abstracts should be 300 words or less in length and fit on a single page. Please submit in Microsoft Word or equivalent format, and identify an alternate presenter as appropriate. For each author and presenter include:

Author/Presenter, Title
Phone number
e-mail address

Abstracts must be received as noted below no later than March 27, 2009. You will be notified by April 24, 2009 as to whether your abstract has been selected.

Please e-mail (preferred) the abstract to Chris Simko at
chris.simko@stantec.com, or send the abstract to:

2009 APWA Statewide Conference Program Committee
c/o Chris Simko
Stantec Consulting
8211 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85044-5355

Possible Topics:

Presentation sessions are 50 minutes in length, including a brief question and answer period. Topics related to adapting infrastructure projects and public works activities to the changing economic environment are strongly encouraged; however, all topics involving public works and of interest to the Chapter membership will be considered. The subjects can be oriented to management, funding and financing, motivation, career, or technical issues. Presentations involving panel discussions are also encouraged.

The 2009 APWA Statewide Conference will include an hour-long “open microphone” session on Tuesday, August 18 wherein representatives of public agencies can provide a 5-minute overview of their major concerns, challenges, and successes. If you would like to reserve a spot during this session, please submit a request by e-mail to chris.simko@stantec.com. No abstract is required and the first 10 responses received will be given priority.

Continuing from the success of last year, the 2009 Statewide Conference will also include a “Field Operations Track” on Tuesday, August 18. The Field Operations Track will run concurrently with the Conference breakout sessions.

Topics for the field operations group tracks may include such subjects as safety, training, pavement management, sidewalk maintenance/code enforcement, surface treatments, landscape maintenance, street sweeping, wash maintenance, striping, vector control, traffic signal maintenance, lighting, signal pre-emption, bus priority, video detection-v-loops, pedestrian crossings; valve maintenance, reservoir maintenance, disinfection, pipe material issues, manhole construction/adjustments, Blue Stake requirements, water and wastewater treatment plant control, odor control, etc.

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