Get Acquainted Party
APWA Blood Drive
CPWA Luncheon
PWHS Luncheon
Awards and Recognition Ceremony and Reception
Young Professionals Networking Reception
AAEES Breakfast
Diversity Brunch
5K Fun Run
Golf Tournament

 

First-Timers Meeting

Sunday, August 25, 7 – 8:20 a.m.
If you are attending the APWA Congress for the first time, please join us at the First-Timers Meeting. You’ll hear greetings from the APWA President and the Executive Director; learn how to get the most out of your dollar and time investment in Congress; learn all about the educational sessions and tracks that APWA offers; learn how to use the exhibits to your advantage; understand how to scan the Congress program to find what you need; and in the process, make some lifelong acquaintances of public works people from around the world.

 

Get Acquainted Party

Sunday, August 25
APWA’s Chicago Metro Chapter invites you to an unforgettable kick-off celebration at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears! Thrilled to host Congress in their beautiful city, our host chapter is treating you to a Taste of Chicago Blast. Chicago is known for great food, and you’ll get to sample tastes from the many neighborhoods that make up this diverse city. And you’ll enjoy a taste of Chicago entertainment too, including street performers and Chicago Blues. No Chicago party is complete without the Blues Brothers and their cast of characters. Stop by for a drink and stay for the party of a lifetime with non-stop entertainment, great hospitality, and breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and lakefront. Follow the lakefront path south from McCormick Place for a short walk to Soldier Field, enjoying the Museum Campus and a spectacular view of Burnham Harbor. Experience what summer in Chicago is all about and just what kind of town “Sweet Home Chicago” is!


APWA Blood Drive

Monday and Tuesday, August 26 and 27
Do you have 45 minutes to spare to save the life of another person? Did you know that every three seconds someone needs blood? One single donation can save as many as three lives—and there is NO substitute for human blood. Anyone age 17 years or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health may donate. Photo identification is required before beginning the donation process. (Some health conditions or medications may temporarily or permanently prevent persons from donating blood.) Prospective donors must first complete a health history questionnaire and go through a screening process. During the screening process, a technician will take important vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, and an iron check. If all the requirements are met, a unit of blood is drawn from the donor. The actual blood collection takes approximately 15–20 minutes. The entire process, from when you sign in to the time you leave, takes between 45–60 minutes. Please join APWA—proud partners with the American Red Cross—in this vital effort. Roll up your sleeve and save a life!
 

Chapter-to-Chapter Challenge

The Chicago Metro Chapter challenges every chapter member to take 45 minutes and donate blood. Can your chapter donate more units of blood than the Chicago Metro Chapter? Help your chapter win the challenge! Stop by the Red Cross Donation Station in the Lakeside Lobby on Monday and Tuesday. The winning chapter will be announced in the October issue of the APWA Reporter Magazine.
 

CPWA Luncheon: The Municipal Risk Assessment Tool—Why Municipalities Should Care About Climate Change

Monday, August 26, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Additional fee applies
Speaker: 
Mary Lou O’Reilly, Senior Vice-President, Issues Management and Communications, Insurance Bureau Canada
 

It is no secret that the frequency and severity of natural disasters is on the rise in Canada and worldwide. Hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires and severe rainstorms are happening more often than ever before and costing us dearly.  In fact, water damage is now the leading cause of property damage in Canada, costing insurers approximately $1.7 billion per year.  And, infrastructure failure is to blame for most of the damage caused by severe weather events in recent decades.
 

IBC is leading the charge to encourage individuals, households, and communities to adapt the way they live and build to minimize the impact of natural disasters associated with our changing climate.  This includes the development of a municipal risk assessment tool that will help municipalities identify infrastructure vulnerabilities and allocate their improvement funds strategically.
 

CPWA welcomes Mary Lou O’Reilly, SVP, Senior Vice-President, Issues Management and Communications, IBC as our Keynote Speaker.  Ms. O’Reilly leads the development of IBC’s strategic planning, the process that ensures that IBC addresses the priority issues of its members.  In this role, she is also advancing the industry’s leadership in adaptation to severe weather. CPWA encourages you to join us for this important discussion.


PWHS Luncheon

Monday, August 26, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Additional fee applies


Building the Canal to Save Chicago
Richard Lanyon, former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will discuss his book, Building the Canal to Save Chicago, which tells the story of the complexity of implementing a massive and innovative public works engineering project in the 1890s to save Chicago from a perilous nuisance and public health crisis. To reverse the flow of the Chicago River today wouldn’t be necessary, but near the end of the 19th Century, it was a matter of survival. Since then canal has served for 113 years, continuing to perform the vital services of drainage, navigation, recreation and sanitation. Richard Lanyon is a retired public works professional, author, engineer, and environmentalist.
 

Awards & Recognition Ceremony and Reception

Monday, August 26, 5 – 7 p.m.
APWA’s Awards Program recognizes outstanding individuals, groups and chapters representing the best in public works. Come celebrate with your colleagues as we pay tribute to them for their achievements and contributions to the public works profession. The awards ceremony will be immediately followed by a special reception honoring our award winners.
 

Young Professionals Networking Reception

Monday, August 26, 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Please join us at APWA’s sixth annual Young Professionals Networking Reception. All APWA members age 35 and younger are invited to attend. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with other young public works professionals, including members of APWA’s Emerging Leaders Academy and the Subcommittee on Generational Issues. Learn more about how APWA is attracting young people to the industry, and keeping them engaged! Business casual dress is preferred. 
 

AAEES Breakfast

Tuesday, August 27, 7 – 8:15 a.m.
Additional fee applies

 

Diversity Brunch

Tuesday, August 27, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Additional fee applies

 

5K Fun Run / 2-mile Walk

Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 a.m.
Join us for the annual Fun Run.
Additional fee applies
Please join us for the annual congress fun run/walk on Tuesday, August 27. Race day registration will start at 7a.m. and the race begins at 7:30 a.m. The starting point for the race is across Lakeshore Drive from the Buckingham Fountainand will continue along the lake front. The race will end at Buckingham Fountain with refreshments. Download registration form here.*
 

Golf Tournament

Wednesday, August 28, 8:00 a.m. shotgun start
At the Seven Bridges Golf Club, in beautiful Woodridge, enjoy the challenge of one of the top five public courses in the Chicagoland area. Four-person, 18-hole scramble format. Download registration form here*.   Click here to register online.
Additional fee applies


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