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's (APWA) annual convention is one of the best forums to learn from colleagues who have successfully addressed regulatory, engineering, resource, and outreach issues — and earn continuing education credits while you're at it. Here are a few sessions we're looking forward to attending.

ADA Transition Plans and Pedestrian Circulation Path
Sun., Aug. 26 | 3 – 3:50 p.m.
An overview of the latest draft of the U.S. Access Board's Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines; all public agencies with 50 or more employees are required to have a plan for compliance.

Oregon DOT Saves $73 Million with Innovative Environmental Permit Review
Mon., Aug. 27 | 4 – 4:50 p.m.
The DOT combined 14 environmental statutes and permits into a single set of standards to simplify the permitting process and save money.

The Biggest Bang for Ratepayer Buck — Clean Water Act Regulatory Prioritization
Tues., Aug. 28 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Water Resources Committee
EPA and APWA are exploring changes to the Clean Water Act permitting structure to help determine priorities and compliance schedules for regulations that are all “top priority.”

How Did Selecting a Project Delivery Method Get So Complicated?
Tues., Aug. 28 | 3:45 – 5 p.m.
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of alternative delivery methods and what makes sense in your area.

Green Infrastructure: We're Building It, Now Let's Talk Maintenance!
Tues., Aug. 28 | 3:45 – 5 p.m.
Sponsored by the Transportation Committee
Experts share what's working and what's not, for maintaining green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and low-impact development (LID) projects, and how to establish priorities.

Capital Equipment Utilization and Sharing Across Jurisdictional Lines
Tues., Aug. 28 | 3:45 – 5 p.m.
The State of Ohio Auditors Office is finding ways for governments to “skinny down” while maintaining vital services, including shared purchase/utilization opportunities.

Innovative Intersection Designs — Thinking Outside the Box
Tues., Aug. 28 | 3:45 – 5 p.m.
Discover the strengths and weaknesses of the designs presented in the Federal Highway Administration's Alternative Intersections/Interchanges Informational Report; Ohio DOT and the City of Fairfield, Ohio, will discuss their experiences.


For a full list of educational opportunities at the APWA Congress, click here.