KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thousands of public works snowfighters across North America will convene in Omaha, Neb., April 16-19 for the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) annual North American Snow Conference to discuss infrastructure best practices and the latest winter maintenance solutions. More than 2,000 participants are expected for one of the most comprehensive gatherings of public works officials.
This year’s Snow Conference, at the CHI Health Center – the centerpiece of downtown Omaha’s $2 billion riverfront revitalization, will feature the latest in winter equipment, services, methods and technologies through a variety of exhibits, more than 85 education sessions, workshops and technical tours.
“We are excited to be together with snowfighters from around the world,” said APWA CEO Scott Grayson, CAE. “This year, snowfighters from Helsinki, Finland and Los Angeles County will join us for the first time. Their geographic location brings unique experiences and techniques from which we can learn. We will celebrate these dedicated professionals who have kept communities safe during this very harsh winter.”
Climate change and the increased need for resiliency in cities throughout the nation have made the annual Snow Conference more important than ever. As an organization, APWA trains and educates snowfighters and public works first responders how to deal with most anything that comes their way.
“Public works snowfighters are the epitome of first responders in the communities where they work,” said APWA President Keith Pugh, PE, PWLF. “Throughout the winter, snowfighters ensure public safety is paramount, and that citizens have the ability to access transportation and public roads – our infrastructure – to travel to school, work and home.”
Conference attendees will participate in one of two technical tours, organized by the APWA Nebraska Chapter, at two public works facilities near Omaha. The technical tours happen April 19 and will explore the Papillion Public Works Complex and the Council Bluffs Public Works Operations Facility.
In addition to educational sessions and workshops, North American Snow Conference 2023 highlights include:
- April 17: Keynote speaker Phil Gwoke’s General Sessions kickoff. Gwoke is a motivator and historian. As an internationally recognized speaker, Phil has shared his wisdom and inspired audiences in 43 states and four continents to more than 250,000 people.
- April 18: A Closing General Session panel discussion on fleet management, supply chain, manufacturing, artificial intelligence and the future of fleet.
- April 18: An Operators' Day offers a day-long experience with participation in education sessions and the afternoon Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate Workshop.
- April 19: Technical tours explore the Papillion Public Works Complex and the Council Bluffs Public Works Operations Facility.
To learn more about the North American Snow Conference, or to register for this year’s event, visit snow.apwa.net.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., has an office in Washington, D.C., and 62 chapters and 97 branches throughout North America.