APWA's Southern California chapter welcomes public works professionals to Anaheim, home to “some of the most innovative solutions in community planning today.” Photo: Courtesy of Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

The American Public Works Association (APWA) promises to help “make your community shine” at the International Public Works Congress & Exposition, to be held Aug. 26 – 29 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

More than 400 exhibitors will offer products, services, and demonstrations organized in four specific areas:

  • Technology Pavilion — the latest technologies in public works, including “There's an App for That” interactive demos
  • Green Pavilion — eco-friendly products and services
  • Central Park — innovative parks and recreation products in an actual park setting
  • Exhibitor Solutions Theater — learn and earn continuing education units during 50-minute presentations.

Exhibits open at noon on Sun., Aug. 26, and close 2 p.m. Tues., Aug. 28, leaving plenty of time to explore educational opportunities.

More than 125 technical and professional development sessions will address current issues and ongoing challenges in every facet of public works, including: construction management, facilities, fleet services, parks and grounds, stormwater/flood control, solid waste, traffic engineering, and water/wastewater (see sidebar for editors' picks). Registered attendees will have free access to downloadable recordings and presentation slides online; those who cannot attend can purchase them.

The educational program begins with two all-day workshops on Sat., Aug. 25 (at additional cost) — Self Assessment Using the Public Works Practices Manual and Effective Consultant Management for the Public Works Agency. APWA's Water Resources Committee offers the Public Works Stormwater Summit, a special educational track including seminars on stormwater and flood control, including best management practices and regulatory initiatives, from 8 – 10:45 a.m. on Wed., Aug. 29.

Outside the classrooms, offsite tours on Wednesday, 8 – 11:00 a.m., include:

  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — Robert B. Diemer Water Treatment Plant
  • Orange County Sanitation District Facility
  • Caltrans District 12 Traffic Management Center
  • Disney Parking and Transportation Facilities
  • Port of Long Beach Boat Tour

The event's many networking and socializing opportunities begin on Sunday, with a First Timer's Meeting at 7 a.m., Opening General Session at 10 a.m. featuring ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff as keynote speaker, and a Get Acquainted Party at 5 p.m. (See below.)

To commemorate its 75th anniversary, APWA invites each chapter to place a memento in the Public Works Time Capsule during a special ceremony (time and location to be announced). The capsule will be reopened at the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the APWA Congress in 2163.

To register and learn more about speakers and special events, click here.


APWA will host special events that appeal to a variety of professional and personal interests (some events cost extra).

Tennis Tournament
Sun., Aug. 26, 7:30 – 11 a.m.

Canadian Public Works Association Luncheon
Mon., Aug. 27, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Awards and Recognition Ceremony/Reception
Mon., Aug. 27, 5 – 7 p.m.

Young Professionals (35 years and younger) Networking Reception
Mon., Aug. 27, 8 – 9:30 p.m.

American Academy of Environmental Engineers Breakfast
Tues., Aug. 28, 7 – 8:15 a.m.

5K Run
Tues., Aug. 28, 7 – 8:45 a.m.

Diversity Brunch
Tues., Aug. 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Golf Tournament
Wed., Aug. 29, 6:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.