OUR CONCERNSFlorida has been hard hit in the current economic downturn and APWA members are no exception. Cutbacks in Public Works have left many agencies short of manpower and underfunded. The Florida Chapter of APWA recognizes the need for cutbacks in government spending. However, we are concerned about the ability of our cities, municipalities and counties to function effectively at greatly reduced budget levels, impacting our abilities to provide:• Acceptable levels of public services (transportation, utilities, community functions) to taxpayers• Maintenance of Florida’s aging infrastructure, every $1 spent on preventative maintenace saves $7 to $10 over reconstruction costs• Emergency response to natural disasters, such as hurricanesOUR POSITIONSThe Florida Chapter of APWA has adopted the following position statements regarding public works:• INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING – WE SUPPORT increased funding in Florida’s infrastructure. Significant investment is needed to help reverse years of decay and such investment will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs. Studies show that every $1 invested in transportation infrastructure yields $5.50 in positive economic activity. • STATE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND – WE OPPOSE any effort to further divert revenues from the state transportation trust fund for non-transportation purposes. We also oppose dedicating anymore than the current 65% level of funding for Strategic Inter-model Systems (SIS) facilities. • WATER – WE SUPPORT alternative water supply programs. Water infrastructure projects also stimulate economic development and create jobs. It is estimated that for every $1 invested in water supply projects there is a $7 return on investment.OUR REQUESTSThe Florida Chapter of APWA would like to thank you for your continued support of public infrastructure in Florida and offer to:• Partner with the Florida Legislature in developing a solution(s) to meet our fiscal responsibilities and continued investment in our public infrastructure.• Provide expertise in reviewing critical public works related issues that may come before the Florida Legislature, offering analysis of potential impacts and testimony.OUR ACTIVITYThe Florida Chapter of APWA Legislative Affairs Committee attends various legislative meetings and conferences in addition to meeting with Legislators. Our task is to stay informed on legislative affairs throughout the state. We provide State Legislators with perspective on the affect of legislation and funding decisions on local governments. Additionally we team with other Associations with shared philosophys to provide feedback in the political process. The committee expends minimal of funds throughout the year. Below is a list of various conferences the committee typically attends.• Florida Association of Counties Legislative Conference Cost: Free• Florida Engineering Society Legislative Days Cost: $320
The Chapter Auditing Committee reviews the Chapter’s books at the end of the calendar year. The Committee also reviews and certifies the annual chapter financial report as prepared by the Chapter Treasurer. The Committee is comprised of at least three chapter members who are appointed by the chapter President. NOTE: Any chapter officer with the authority to sign checks should NOT serve on this committee.The Chapter Auditing Committee examines at least the following documents: checkbooks, ledgers and other books of accounts, bank statements, receipted bills for expenses and authorizations for the expenditures; pertinent papers and documents, letters of transmittal, and an inventory of the chapter’s physical property. The responsibilities go beyond checking the Treasurer’s addition and extend to a thorough and necessary review of the chapter’s financial record keeping and control systems. The audit functions are essential to the effective operation of the chapter. The duties of the committee include:- Examination of canceled checks, accounting for numerical sequence and examining endorsements;- Review of bank statements and reconciliation’s; and - Examination of documents supporting disbursements.The current Audit Committee consists of Paul Moore (Chairman), Mark Juliano and Dale Crosby.
The Committee develops and recommends all policies pertaining to the marketing of the Florida Chapter APWA, including development and assessment of a comprehensive marketing strategy for the recruitment of members in the corporate, professional and students’ areas, formulation of a marketing schedule, and development of all marketing materials. The Committee will oversee the implementation of approved policies.The Chapter uses social media to build a sense of community and to rapidly communicate directly to stakeholders and the general public. This policy has been developed to address the fast-changing landscape of the internet and the way people receive their information. Social Media provides opportunities for the Chapter to attract a broader audience, in addition to creating a social network allowing for members, vendors and visitors to receive information and participate in the Chapter in an innovative and creative way. These service are intended to enhance communications but not to diminish or circumvent existing processes. The demographic profile of the intended target audience combined with the Chapter's purpose and goal of the social media initiative are the primary considerations on which to determine the appropriate use of social media. Chapter social media must align with the Chapter's business goals and objectives.
Why does the APWA Florida Chapter have a website? Just read the reasons why below...1. To Establish A PresenceApproximately 100 million people worldwide have access to the World Wide Web (WWW) and it is estimated by the end of 2010 150 million will have Web access. No matter what your business is, you can't ignore 100 million people. To be a part of that community and show you are interested in serving them, you need to be on the WWW for them. 2. To NetworkA lot of what passes for business is simply nothing more than making connections with other people. Every smart business person knows, it's not what you know, it's who you know. Passing out your business card is part of every good meeting and every business person can tell more than one story how a chance meeting turned into the big deal. Well, what if you could pass out your business card to thousands, maybe millions of potential clients and partners, saying this is what I do and if you are ever in need of my services, this is how you can reach me. You can, 24 hours a day, inexpensively and simply, on the WWW.3. To Make Chapter Information AvailableWhat is basic business information? Think of a Yellow Pages ad. What are your hours? What do you do? How can someone contact you? What methods of payment do you take? Where are you located at? Now think of a Yellow Pages ad where you have instant communication. What is today's special? Today's interest rate? Next week's parking lot sale information? If you could keep your customer informed of every reason why they should do business with you, don't you think you could do more business? You can on the WWW.4. To Serve Your MembersMaking business information available is one of the most important ways to serve your members. But if you look at serving the member, you'll find even more ways to use WWW technology. All this can be done, and more, on the WWW.5. To Heighten Public InterestYou won't get Newsweek magazine to write up your local store opening, but you might get them to write up your Web Page address if it is something new and interesting. Even if Newsweek would write about your local store opening, you wouldn't benefit from someone in a distant city reading about it, unless of course, they were coming to your town sometime soon. With Web page information, anybody anywhere who can access the Web and hears about you is a potential visitor to your Web site and a potential customer for your information there.6. To Release Time Sensitive MaterialsWhat if your materials need to be released no earlier than midnight? Now the information can be made available at midnight or any time you specify, with all related materials such as photographs, bios, etc. released at exactly the same time. Imagine the anticipation of "All materials will be made available on our Web site at 12:01 AM". The scoop goes to those that wait for the information to be posted, not the one who releases your information early.7. To make pictures, sound and film files availableThe WWW allows you to add sound, pictures and short movie files to your company's info if that will serve your potential customers. No brochure will do that.8. To reach a highly desirable demographic marketThe demographic of the WWW user is probably the highest mass-market demographic available. Usually college-educated or being college educated, making a high salary or soon to make a high salary, it's no wonder that Wired magazine, the magazine of choice to the Internet community, has no problem getting Lexus and other high-end marketer's advertising. Even with the addition of the commercial on-line community, the demographic will remain high for many years to come.9. To Answer Frequently Asked questionsWhoever answers the phones in your organization can tell you, their time is usually spent answering the same questions over and over again. These are the questions customers and potential customers want to know the answer to before they deal with you. Post them on a WWW page and you will have removed another barrier to doing business with you and free up some time for that harried phone operator.10. To Create a 24 Hour ServiceIf you've ever remembered too late or too early to call the opposite coast, you know the hassle. We're not all on the same schedule. Business is worldwide but your office hours aren't. Web pages serve the client, customer and partner 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No overtime either. It can customize information to match needs and collect important information that will put you ahead of the competition, even before they get into the office.11. To Make Changing Information Available QuicklySometimes, information changes before it gets off the press. Now you have a pile of expensive, worthless paper. Electronic publishing changes with your needs. No paper, no ink, no printer's bill. You can even attach your web page to a database which customizes the page's output to a specific need or customer, and you can change as many times in a day as you need. No printed piece can match that flexibility.12. To Reach The Education MarketIf your market is education, consider that most universities already offer Internet access to their students and most K-12's will be on the Internet within the next few years.
The Committee of Membership will inlcude the following sub committees: Records, Recruitment and Retention and a Young Professional - YP Group. More information will be available in the near future.To increase efforts to support recruitment of new and diverse members to APWA; to maintain APWA's membership through retention efforts; to increase the number of academic student members by recommending, developing, and/or implementing new initiatives, programs, or strategies; and to keep District officers apprised of any membership changes.
The mission of the Historical committee is to provide historical information to its members in order to support Chapter activities, as well as, sustain interest in the Chapter’s history.The historical program shall compile and maintain significant documents related to the history of the Chapter itself. The committee shall identify and assemble an organized body of material reflecting the essence of the Chapter and its activity record.Soon after completion of the annual meeting and trade show, the historical committee shall gather and organize materials into a condensed chapter narrative. The narrative will be made available to the chapter executive committee for review and adoption at the next regularly scheduled executive meeting. All historical documents will be stored on the chapter’s web site.The annual chapter narrative shall consist of the following:• Lists of officers, executive committee members, and activity chairs;• Highlights of regular Chapter meetings and special events;• Awards—received by Chapter members and received or made by the Chapter;• Details of special projects or activities, such as equipment shows;• Educational programs conducted or cosponsored by the Chapter;• Chapter scholarship programs;• Other information to make the record complete.Committee Members:Robert Nowak, Chairman
Jon YarbroughDale CrosbyRussell KetchemAlthea Parrish
Florida Chapter's awards program honors and recognizes projects, consultants, and public works leaders. Nomination forms and instructions will be posted on the Florida Chapter Home Page. Be sure to check individual Branch website for additional awards.
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This committee involves the research, organization, and coordination of a dinner event for Florida Chapter attendees at the annual PWX. The goal is to promote the building of professional relationships between APWA members in a relaxed, social environment. Recently, this event has expanded to include other APWA Chapters providing opportunity to forge these same relationships with others members throughout the USA and around the world.
Here are some fliers from our last few Chapter Dinners:
For decades, the APWA Florida Chapter has administered scholarships that have helped hundreds of students to achieve their dream of a college education. Through the vision and diligence of past Executive Committees, and the dedicated effort of our current Executive Committee, the Florida Chapter has slowly grown an endowment to guarantee our ability to continue this highly successful program. Each year, during the Annual Meeting and Trade Show, the Florida Chapter hosts the Awards and Scholarship Luncheon where multiple scholarships are awarded to individuals that are gaining knowledge through high education.The Florida Chapter seeks to recognize outstanding individuals who are pursuing civil engineering degrees, public administration degrees, or to employees of public works agencies continuing their college education. The scholarships are designed to alleviate the financial burdens associated with higher education, permitting the winners to devote more time both to pursuing their academic goals and advancing their leadership initiatives.
Chapter and Branch Scholarship applications are found atScholarship Page
The Technical Committee Task Force - formed to mirror national technical committee structure - provides grass roots assistance at a local level to the chapter membership and public works professionals throughout Florida.
Task Force Membership:
Chairman: Mike McCabe 321-723-7233 email@example.com
Emergency Management: Teresa Scott
Engineering & Technology: Manny Diez
Facilities & Grounds: Thomas Driscoll
Leadership & Management: Jeffrey Thurmnan
Solid Waste: Marc Rogoff
Sustainability: Debbie Leistner
Transportation: Amy Davies
Utilities & Public ROW: Dale Laird
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