Education sessions by date

Education sessions by subject

Public Works Stormwater Summit
Chicagoland's Public Works Stories
Public Works Camp
Saturday Workshop
Wednesday Workshops/Tours
APWA Donald C. Stone (DCS) Career Center
Sessions for Takeout
Call For Presentations
Speaker Handouts

Check out the topics to be covered during Congress and discover why APWA is the number one source for professional development, education, and training for public works professionals. You’ll come away armed with tools enabling you to make a positive difference in your community and advance your organization. Take part in this exploration of cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions in public works. Expand your network of professional colleagues, rejuvenate your drive and initiative, and become the kind of leader public works needs for today and for tomorrow.

Public Works Stormwater Summit

Preparing for the New 2014 Stormwater Regulations

Mon., August 26, and Tue., August 27, 
2 – 5 p.m. each day
(Included with all Full Conference Registrations or register only for the Stormwater Summit for $330)

This may be the most important education you attend all year. The new stormwater regulations will be out for public comment in June 2013 and are scheduled for implementation in January 2014. Enforcement and accountability are likely to be enhanced in all-new permits for most cities and towns. So if you’ve been coasting, it’s time to dust off and pony up.

This Public Works Summit doesn’t focus on vendors, and we aren’t looking at academic research. This is a real How-To summit that focuses on what you will need to do, and how you will need to do it. Experts from EPA, APWA, and other practitioners will be on hand to discuss how the new regulations will affect your community, present real case studies, and show you innovative approaches to water quality. This is news you can use at your agency, in your community and at your state house. Everything YOU need on the new regulations is here.

In this Summit, you will learn…

  • what the new regulations say and mean to your community;
  • first-hand from practitioners how TMDLs work, can be implemented and maintained;
  • broad, national level talking points to help illustrate the issues and better prepare you to address your concerns to EPA, elected officials and stakeholders questions/concerns;
  • how to write Local ordinances that are likely to change based on new regulations;
  • how the costs of compliance could affect development costs;
  • how watershed-based permitting has been discussed based on existing model programs in resource-rich areas and could require compliance regardless of political boundaries;
  • how new regulations could significantly impact negotiations for water rights in terms of stream base flow and groundwater recharge;
  • and much more.

The new regulations may be more stringent, but you’re not alone and what works for one local agency may very well work for you. Join your colleagues at the Public Works Stormwater Summit and network with other concerned people to learn more.

To register for the Public Works Stormwater Summit only, please fill out the registration form PDF*, or call APWA's registration company at 708-486-0705.

Chicagoland’s Public Works Stories

Locals refer to Chicago and its surrounding communities as Chicagoland. The public works professionals in this region are doing an amazing job meeting the current and planning for the future infrastructure needs of the area’s approximately 9.8 million residents. Their stories are featured throughout the Congress Education Program. Check out sessions that range from sustainable stormwater solutions and green infrastructure goals to graffiti abatement; complete streets; transit and active transportation solutions; capital project planning and financial cost savings, Illinois’ Mutual Aid Network; and fighting the emerald ash borer. Of special note, on Monday afternoon, officials from the City of Chicago will participate in “Make No Little Plans” – Chicago’s Epic Public
Works Story.

Public Works Camp: “Right-This-Minute” Topics 

How many times have you attended a conference and wished that issues that are in the forefront of your mind right now, this very minute—could be discussed in a forum or facilitated discussion? 

While the Congress Program Review Committee and staff spend long hours building a diverse program of sessions and workshops, sometimes the planning timeline prevents us from addressing issues that are on your mind right now. To remedy that, we are setting aside a couple of specific times and rooms for attendees to learn from each other about issues that you bring to the table—be it regulatory compliance, best practices, new ideas, or challenges. 

Saturday Workshop

(Separate fees required: $300 member/ $350 nonmember. Fees include instruction, materials, and breaks. Lunch is on your own.)

Self Assessment Using the Public Works Practices Manual—A Tool for Improving Operations and Management

Wednesday Workshops/Tours

(Open to full conference and Wednesday one-day registrants, but you must sign up in advance.)

  • Chicago Bike Lanes and Cycle Center (Additional $30 bicycle/equipment rental fee for this tour only.)
  • 130th and Torrence Avenue Project – The World’s Largest Truss Bridge
  • Jardine Water Purification Plant
  • Chicago’s Green Roofs
  • Tree and History Tour of Millennium Park
  • Chicago Deep Tunnel

APWA Donald C. Stone (DCS) Career Center

For anyone who has ever contemplated advancement in their career in public works, visiting the DCS Career Center area at Congress this year should be a priority.  As in any profession, education and credentials open doors to more opportunities and with so many options in the DCS Center, you’ll soon discover your personal career path in public works. 

APWA's professional development staff, along with technical committee members, institute and university representatives and other volunteers will be there to discuss the full spectrum of professional development opportunities that are available through DCS. 

The Career Center will be open the following dates and times:

Sunday, August 25 – 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, August 26 – 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27 – 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28 – 8 a.m. - Noon

Click here to download the schedule (PDF)*.

CEU Credits

.1 CEU = 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour)
APWA's education sessions and exhibit showcase presentations are eligible for CEU credit. Your registration covers the processing fee. The CEU is a nationally-accepted measure of participation in continuing education activities. By obtaining them, you can demonstrate to your employer and to certifying and licensing authorities that you are learning new skills and keeping current with changes in the industry. Instructions about how to receive these valuable credits are in your onsite materials, and the learning objectives for each session are on the website. APWA is an International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Authorized Provider of CEUs.


Sessions Available for Takeout

Register for the full APWA Congress (Sunday–Wednesday) and get free access to downloadable recordings and slides of those Congress speakers who have given permission to have their presentations recorded. For daily registrants, or those who cannot attend the 2012 Congress, you will have the option of purchasing either individual session recordings or the full Congress package by using the Online Order Form at

Areas Covered:

  • Career & Personal Development

  • Construction Management

  • Emergency Management

  • Engineering & Technology

  • Environment/Sustainablility

  • Facilities

  • Fleet Services

  • Management

  • Parks & Grounds

  • Snow & Ice

  • Solid Waste

  • Stormwater

  • Streets/Roads/Bridges

  • Traffic Operations

  • Utilities/Right-of-Way

  • Water & Wastewater


Call for Presentations

2013 Congress Call for Presentations is closed. We are, however, taking applications if you are interested in speaking at the 2014 APWA Congress. Click here for more information.

Speaker Handouts

In our continuing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our meetings and events, we've moved to an "almost paperless" Congress. Speaker handouts may be downloaded here as they become available. They will be posted before, during and after Congress, so check back often for updates.


Download the Congress Program & Show Guide here*.

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