Mark your calendars for our annual summer outing and new member drive on July 18. Building off our continued success the summer outing is returning with golf and other opportunities to participate. This summerís event will include networking, education, recreation, a new member drive and fundraising for the chapter college scholarship fund. Event details are still in the planning stage but some items are known. The event will be held at the Rolling Meadows Golf Course in Fond du Lac.A representative of the DNR will address a current topic of interestTo allow more opportunities to participate additional activities are under consideration. If you have suggestions please feel free to contact us. The outing is planned to coincide with an Executive Committee meeting and will include an educational presentation on a current topic from a representative of the DNR. We will be offering dis [ ... ]
Looking for a summer intern? Consider this unique program opportunity in Madison! The program coordinator has provided this information for interested parties in an email to our Education and Scholarship Committee:The AVID/TOPS program works with students who are striving to attend college, and are often their first in their families to take this journey. The Boys & Girls Club TOPS Summer internship program is designed to expose our students to careers requiring a four year degree. Research has shown that if a student has an idea of what career they would like to pursue prior to attending college that they are more likely to go on to and graduate from college. It is our hope that by providing our students with hands on work experience with Madison area employers that they will be able to develop more of an idea of which areas they would like to study and which careers they would li [ ... ]
Wisconsin Public Works First Responder Christine Walsh Elected as National Homeland Security Consortium Tri-Chair!The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced today that member Christine Walsh, Director of Operations for Beloit, Wisconsin, has recently been elected one of the Tri-Chairs of the National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC) for 2013. Walsh will serve in the APWA Tri-Chair position for one year alongside the Consortiumís two other chairs, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Tri-chair, Captain Tom Sands, Deputy State Director, State Police/EMHSD, FEMAís State Administrative Agency - Michigan Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division, and the Tri-Chair representing the Governorsí Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC), Gilbert Orrantia, Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security. Tri-Chairs [ ... ]
Thomas Grisa, City of Brookfield, has been named a 2012 Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year. This continues the Wisconsin Chapterís streak; it is the fourth year in a row that a member has been awarded this title.APWA annually recognizes ten of the most outstanding public works professionals from across the U.S. and Canada for their career-long dedication and service, professionalism, and expertise in public works infrastructure. AS one of the most coveted and prestigious awards presented by the Association, the Top Ten Public Works Leader award is given to honor the public works professionalís career, in which she or he demonstrated excellence in public works, services and infrastructure in his or her community through advancement of public works services and technology. Tomís credentials certainly stand up to his predecessors. He began his public works career in 1986 working for tw [ ... ]
Bruce Slagoski, City of Beloit Operations supervisor, has been announced as the winner of the National Professional Mange of the Year Ė Public Works Emergency management Category Award. He will be awarded this honor at the APWA 2012 International Public Works Congress & Exposition n Anaheim, California August 26-29, 2012. This is the first time a member of the Wisconsin Chapter has won this award. The Professional Manager of the Year Award in public Works Emergency Management seeks to inspire excellence and dedication by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of public works emergency management professionals. The primary focus of this award is the recognition of exceptional leadership in the field of public works emergency management. Without a doubt, Bruce has the qualifications to be worthy of this distinguished award. He has worked for the City of Beloit for the [ ... ]
The Executive Committee has placed in motion a change to the Scholarship Fund that is designed to make it sustainable over the long term and provide opportunities for members, organizations, and others to support the fund for as long as we are able. This November the membership will be asked to vote on a By-Law change that will separate the funds donated to the fund from the chapter general operating budget, regulate the management of the fund, and provide overall goals for the program. The chapter scholarship fund was started with a generous gift from William Rheinfrank. Over the years the chapter has provided tuition reimbursement to its municipal members, allowing them to complete the Public Works Management Institute, Public Works Supervisory Academy, and other professional development. Additionally, the chapter has been able to award 24 scholarships the past years to students nomina [ ... ]
APWA Members ~ This is a call for your help! I am preparing an application for the APWA PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR CHAPTER EXCELLENCE (PACE) on behalf of the Wiscnsin Chapter and need to know about community events that you, or your public works department, completed in 2011. Please take a look at the following requests for information. If you participated in anything in your community (in 2011) - or know about something from your community that we could include, please let me know ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org). This nomination is due June 1, so I am asking for you to send this information to me by Tuesday, May 29!If you do respond to any of the 5 items listed below, please provide the date of the event, a brief description, who participated, and include a photo (if you have one).
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Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, has proclaimed the week of May 20 - May 26, 2012 as Public Works Week throughout the State of Wisconsin. The official proclamation is accessible at:
2012 Wisconsin National Public Works Week Proclamation
The APWA WI Public Relations committee led preparation of a letter written to introduce the legislators to the American Public Works Association and to familiarize them with the activities and resources our Wisconsin Chapter members can offer. The letter was sent to various members of the Wisconsin State Legislature on February 2, 2012, and also informed the legislators that the Wisconsin Chapter intends to host a meet and greet session with them in mid-May.
APWA Letter to WI Legislators 2012
Look for more information to be coming in the next month as we finalize the location and date for the meeting and the topics of discussion.
The Agency Sponsorship program will allow your organization to send multiple staff to the Snow Conference at a low cost. They will be able to view exhibit floor displays without having to register for the full conference. Talking directly with vehicle managers and materials suppliers about up-to-date products and equipment will strengthen their understanding and overall ability to contribute to your snow and ice control program.Levels of Agency Sponsorship5 passes for $100 15 passes for $250 35 passes for $500 75 passes for $1,000The Snow Conference is a great chance for front line personnel, supervisors and managers to meet directly with vendors, see and evaluate new products, and learn tricks of the trade from each other. In these tough economic times, it can sometimes be hard to reward employees and keep them motivated. An agency sponsorship is one way you can reward your hard working employees by letting them attend the Snow Conference Exhibit Floor for a day!
EM Advocate - Monthly newsletter from the National Emergency Management AssociationCentral and Prairie Regions Enact Cross Border Mutual Aid AgreementThe state of North Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba are the first two signatories to the State-Province Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Agreement. The MOA is intended to facilitate cross border mutual aid assistance. Congressionally approved cross border agreements between the U.S. and Canada already exist in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. The State-Province Agreement is complementary to those agreements as well as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and the Canadian Council of Emergency Management Organizations (CCEMO) Memorandum of Understanding Interjurisdictional Emergency Management Assistance.Eligible participating jurisdictions may include any or all of the states [ ... ]
Save time, money, and energy on your 2012 Award Nominations! New this year, National APWA will only be accepting nominations electronically; no hard copies will be accepted. The Wisconsin Chapter will be following Nationalís lead with this new electronic submittal process. Instead of printing multiple copies of your completed submittal and sending them in the mail, we are asking applicants to e-mail the nomination, in a combination of various files, to the Awards Chair. If you have a project that youíre proud of, apply for a Project of the Year Award today! Nominations are due to the Wisconsin Chapter by Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The 2012 Award forms have been updated and are now available on the Chapter website:
WI Chapter Awardshttp://wisconsin.apwa.net/c/awardscommittee/For questions, contact:Ahnaray Bizjak, Awards Chair608email@example.com
Mark your calendars for the 2012 Summer Outing, Conference and new member drive on July 26/27th. Building off the success of last summerís golf outing and without a spring conference the golf outing is returning in an expanded format with more opportunities to participate. This summerís event will include networking, education, awards, and a new member drive. While planning continues the following items are known: The event will be held at the Deer Valley Lodge in Barneveld, WI.The hotel has a water park for your family to enjoyGolfing will be held at the adjacent Deer Valley Golf Course.There will be biking on the nearby Military Ridge Recreation TrailThere will be a Community CleanupEducational Sessions and an Awards Banquet will be heldThe event will coincide with an Executive/Standing Committee MeetingWe will be offering discounted rates to encourage new members to experience our [ ... ]