Roundtable Discussions

Monday and Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the exhibit floor

Learning from each other, networking, comparing experiences, exchanging ideas…that’s what Congress is all about.

And that is what many of you say is the number one reason the yearly International Public Works Congress and Exposition is so valuable.

In response to this, for the fourth year in a row, special times will be set aside for these informal discussions with knowledgeable facilitators to help each group get the most out of each session.

These “Roundtable Discussions” are scheduled Monday and Tuesday from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. on the exhibit floor.

To make certain you can join a group discussing exactly what you want to either know about or have input to share, the tables will be divided and clearly marked by subject matter.

Each session will be initiated by the facilitator with a brief overview of the subject matter, and then the floor will be open to the entire group. From there on, the facilitator’s only role will be to pose a few thought-provoking questions and elicit contributions from the group for determining and developing possible solutions. The possibilities and directions are endless. No two sessions will be the same.

The subject matter of each roundtable has been determined by member interest as well as its particular appropriateness for the sharing of information among members.

The following is a list of roundtable topics from which to choose.

MONDAY, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Topic: Training and Productivity Improvements

Facilitator: Jack Siderer, Philadelphia Department of Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Topic: Municipal Sweeping

Facilitator: Bob Hammond, Superior Sweeping Service, Kalamazoo, MI

Topic: Winter Maintenance Operations: Snow & Ice Control

Facilitator: Larry Frevert, City of Kansas City, MO

Topic: Traffic Calming

Facilitator: Jerry Dabkowski, Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc., Tampa, FL

Topic: Utilizing Education Programs to Generate Revenue for APWA Chapters

Facilitator: Patricia A. Kutt, American Public Works Association, Kansas City, MO

Topic: GASB 34 and Asset Infrastructure Management

Facilitator: Y. Raj Silalingam, Global Engineering & Management Services, Yorba Linda, CA

Topic: Employee and Staff Motivation

Facilitator: William “Mike” Asbury, Shafer, Kline, & Warren, Overland Park, KS

Topic: Demographics and Demand for Staff in the Public Works Sector: How are Others Coping & Strategizing for the Future?

Facilitator: Guy Boston, City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Topic: Dealing with Abandoned Utility Lines

Facilitator: Warren Andrews, City of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Topic: Good Ideas for Partnering: APWA Chapters and LTAP/T2 Centers

Facilitator: Lisa Pogue, American Public Works Association, Washington, DC

Topic: Use of HDPE Pipe in the Right-of-Way

Facilitator: Phillip “Flip” Bombbardier, City of Gastonia, NC

Topic: Fleet Technician Shortage

Facilitator: Warren Laing, City of Greensboro, NC

Topic: Developing an Oral History Program

Facilitator: Paul Walker, Office of History, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, VA

Topic: Activity-Based Costing

Facilitator: Harry Lorick, Lorick Associates Consulting Inc., El Segundo, CA

Topic: Performance Measures

Facilitator: William C. Wright, Ontario County, Canandaigua, NY


TUESDAY, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Topic: Asset Management

Facilitator: James G. Donahue, Donahue Consultants, Yuma, AZ

Topic: APWA North American Snow Conference-What Would It Take for Your Chapter to Serve as Host?

Facilitator: Brenda Shaver, American Public Works Association, Kansas City, MO

Topic: Construction Claims Management

Facilitator: James G. Zack, Pinnacle One, Irvine, CA

Topic: Utility Cuts and Their Impact upon Pavement Performance

Facilitator: Margot Yapp, Nichols-Vallerga & Associates, Oakland, CA

Topic: Changing the Way We Work via the WWW

Facilitator: Michael W. Sweeney, Louisville & Jefferson County MSD, Louisville, KY

Topic: Using Planning as an Integration Tool

Facilitator: Bryan D. Stumpf, HNTB Corporation, Indianapolis, IN

Topic: Community Relations and Outreach

Facilitator: Bruce Florquist, City of Rawlins, WY

Topic: Improving Operational Efficiency Through the Use of Technology

Facilitator: Paul Goranson, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Topic: Implementation of Storm Water Regulations

Facilitator: Doug Harrison, Fresno Metro Flood Control District, Fresno, CA

Topic: Computer Viruses and Their Impact upon Governmental Operations

Facilitator: Phillip “Flip” Bombardier, City of Gastonia, NC

Topic: Diversity Initiatives: Building Positive and Supportive Work Places

Facilitator: Steve Masters, City of Lincoln, NE

Topic: Net Assets vs. Reserves for APWA Chapters

Facilitator: Teri Newhouse, American Public Works Association, Kansas City, MO

Topic: ADA and Public Rights-of-Way

Facilitator: Mary O’Conner, City of Tempe, AZ

Topic: Implementing Quality Improvement Into Your Everyday Operations

Facilitator: Elizabeth Mitchell, Louisville & Jefferson County MSD, Louisville, KY

Topic: International Experiences: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Facilitator: Juan O. Lopez, Puerto Rico Department of Transportation, San Juan, PR