Meeting/Event Information

2017 APWA Public Works Expo - PWX

August 27, 2017
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Orange County Convention Center
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Call for Presentations





The 2017 APWA Public Works Expo - PWX will be held in Orlando, Florida, a place that showcases the power of the human imagination. Imagination is the prerequisite for creating the kind of world that will help tomorrow's generations thrive and prosper. So, put your imagining abilities to into play and be a part of the conversation that will shape the future of public works delivery and the well-being of our communities.

Speakers at PWX are people just like you - smart and dedicated professionals who daily meet the challenge of delivering and managing public works projects and services; who come up with innovative ideas and solutions to overcome funding cuts, workforce issues, and gaps in technology. PWX offers public works professionals the opportunity to gain new perspectives, exchange ideas and participate in important and thought-provoking discussions on the shape of things to come. Now is your time to share your solutions for today and your vision for tomorrow.

WHAT TOPICS ARE POPULAR? (Don't feel limited by these topic suggestions; out-of-the box thinking is encouraged!)

  • Public Works Leadership and Professional Growth
    • Core values and competencies of the best public works leaders; systems thinking related to public works services and infrastructure planning.
    • Critical issues facing public works today and your vision for the future (What will public works and infrastructure services look like in 2030? How about 2050?).
  • The Business Side of Public Works
    • Asset management; public/private partnerships; funding resources and budgeting; communication strategies for dealing with employees, elected officials, media, and residents; workforce issues (recruitment, retention, motivation, etc.)
    • Sustainable, economically sound, and socially responsible solutions and practices for every function of public works.?
  • Emerging Trends and Technologies
    • The impact of economic, societal, technological, and demographic trends on public works services; aging infrastructure challenges and strategies for solving the problem.
    • Resilient public works design and operations, low impact development, climate change impacts on infrastructure planning, etc.
    • New technologies that will forever change how public works is delivered.
  • State-of-the-Art Operations
    • Active transportation (pedestrian safety, hiking trails, bicycle lanes and accommodations, etc.)
    • Traffic engineering (street, arterial, and intersection design, complete streets, traffic calming, traffic signals, roadway safety, mobility issues, etc.)
    • Streets, roads, bridges (construction maintenance, inspection, pavement performance, work zone safety, etc.)
    • Transit systems and technologies
    • Winter maintenance and snow/ice control
    • Transportation policy, legislation, and regulation
  • Emergency Management
    • Preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery
    • Public works' role as first responders
  • Water Resources Management
    • Clean water policies, legislation, and regulations
    • Safe drinking water and water treatment
    • Wastewater treatment processes and state-of-the-art operations
    • Stormwater management and flood control
  • Facilities management (facility and building condition assessments, green design, public works yard management, etc.)
  • Urban forestry (sidewalk issues, pest management, tree replacement programs, etc.)
  • Solid waste management issues (collection and disposal, recycling, environmental impacts)
  • Fleet Services (vehicle and equipment tracking, repair, and replacement; fleet management principles and systems; recruiting and retaining fleet technicians)
  • Utility and public right-of-way management (permitting and locating issues, abandoned utilities, damage prevention, etc.)
  • Construction management (project management, project delivery approaches, bidding, contracting, etc.)
  • Engineering and technology (emerging design and technology trends)


  • Deadline: The 2017 PWX Call for Presentations closes on October 3, 2016. Submitters will be notified in March 2017 whether or not their proposals were selected for presentation.
  • Learning Objectives: All proposals must include three (3) learning objectives that indicate exactly how the attendee will benefit from the presentation.
    • State your learning objectives in response to the phrase: By attending this session, participants will be better able to:
    • All learning objectives must begin with an "active" verb that indicate an action that can be measured, such as DISCUSS, EXAMINE, COMPARE, DESIGN, ACHIEVE, INSPECT, PLAN, DEVELOP, EVALUATE, CHOOSE, etc. Please do not use passive verbs such as learn or understand. Information on formatting learning objectives can be found by clicking on this link. Some examples of correctly stated learning objectives are:
      • MAKE informed budgeting decisions about the real costs of services and projects.
      • EVALUATE maintenance management systems and CHOOSE which will work best for your operation.
  • Session Length: Most sessions at this conference are 50 or 75 minutes in length although there are some opportunities for longer super session or workshop-type presentations or for shorter presentations within the standard time frames. APWA will consider your requested number of minutes, however, today's audience is looking for more interactive and concise information sharing. So, we may be asking you to shorten your presentation or perhaps combine your presentation with similar-themed submissions into a Lightning Round.
  • No Sales-Pitches Please: Direct promotions of products, services, or monetary self-interest are not appropriate education sessions. APWA members are traditionally vocal in their displeasure with sessions that appear to be sales presentations or promotions. APWA audiences prefer sessions that present case studies from the user perspective.
  • Registration and travel expenses: Speakers at APWA’s PWX are also considered attendees of the event and are expected to pay their own travel expenses and the appropriate member or non-member registration fee. If you plan to only attend on the day of your presentation, you may qualify for a complimentary single-day registration.
  • Paid Professional Trainers and Speakers are welcome to use the Online Submission Form, but be sure to check the “paid speaker” box.

All submissions are reviewed and evaluated by presidentially-appointed committee members who represent the various disciplines of public works. The evaluation process is competitive based on these criteria:

  • Practical Application: Presentation provides take-away knowledge material that can be used by the learners in their day-to-day work settings.
  • Relevance and Clarity: Topic is timely and learning objectives are clearly stated using active verbs showing exactly what the benefit would be to the learners.
  • Innovation: Presentation addresses critical issues, emerging trends, innovative methods and technologies.
  • Systems-thinking: Evidence of systems-thinking regarding public works operations.
  • Balance: The program review committee will evaluate the overall education lineup for balance to ensure that the conference has a wide scope of topics and that no one speaker or organization is disproportionately represented.