Committees

The Association Alliance Committee was formed in 2007 with the stated goal of bringing like-minded organizations closer and becoming more involvled in legislative affairs. The Committee attends various conferences and legislative events in addition to meeting with legislators in Tallahassee. The Committee is responsible for forming the Florida Chapter’s Legislative Position Paper every year. Prior to the start of the Florida Legislature we distribute the Position Paper to Legislators and their staff in addition to meeting with them to discuss our concerns. By creating more awareness in Tallahassee of the issues that effect public works we are able to better influence policy. Using alliances formed with other associations that are already active in legislative affairs has helped us to get up to speed much faster than if we were going it alone.

In addition to our Legislative activities we have continued to form alliances with other public works oriented associations while building on our existing alliances. These partnerships are valuable in both expanding the influence of APWA and futhering our educational mission. By working with other associations we can reach more potential members and corporate sponsors. In the future we see tremendous opportunity in teaming with other associations to provide more value to our respective membership and thereby increase membership retention for both organizations. Doing so will help to dampen the impact the current budget crisis has had on all of these types of associations.
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OUR CONCERNS
Florida 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 hurricanes

OUR POSITIONS
The 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 REQUESTS
The 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 ACTIVITY
The 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

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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.

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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.

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Why does the APWA Florida Chapter have a website?  Just read the reasons why below...

1. To Establish A Presence
Approximately 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 Network
A 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 Available
What 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 Members
Making 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 Interest
You 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 Materials
What 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 available
The 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 market
The 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 questions
Whoever 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 Service
If 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 Quickly
Sometimes, 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 Market
If 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.

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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.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting & Trade Show Awards Luncheon the Florida Chapter recognizes one of its distinguished members as the “Member of the Year”. This is the Chapter’s most prestigious award with a longstanding history of recipients from across the state. The award is bestowed upon the public works professional who has demonstrated integrity and professionalism and has distinguished achievements.

The evaluation criteria include:
A. Personal character, integrity and public image above reproach.
B. Achievements and distinction in Public Works.
C. Established reputation for service to APWA and the Public Works profession.
D. Established reputation for civic and public activities and responsibility.
E. Significant contributions for improving Public Works professionalism.
F. Other evidence of merit, which advances the Association’s objectives.

Past recipients are as follows:
2011-2012:   Robert Garland, Greeley-Hansen
2010-2011:  Tracy Quintana, City of Punta Gorda
2009-2010:  Paul Moore,City of Sanford
2008-2009:  Jim Proce, City of Palm Bay
2007-2008:  Althea Parrish, City of Sanford
2006-2007:  William "Bill" Hallisey, City of Sarasota
2005-2006:  Frank VanPelt III, Seminole County
2004-2005:  Kelvin L. Baker, City of North Miami Beach
2003-2004:  Mark T. Juliano, City of South Daytona
2002-2003:  Richard "Rick" Keeney, City of Punta Gorda
2001-2002:  Rebecca "Becky" Ares, City of Orlando
2000-2001:  Jon Crull, City of Daytona Beach
1999-2000:  Len Johnson, City of Orlando
1998-1999:  Douglas Layton, City of Jacksonville
1997-1998:  Karen Johnson, Sarasota County
1996-1997:  Anthony "Tony" Leffin, City of Maitland
1995-1996:  Harry W. Glaze, Sarasota County
1994-1995:  Ron Van Eyk, City of Coral Gables
1993-1994:  Gene Jordan, Post, Buckley, Shue and Jernagin, Inc.
1992-1993:  Herbert F. Lund, Lauderhil
1991-1992:  Dutch Mueller, Pinellas Park
1990-1991:  Marvin Gregory, FDOT
1989-1990:  Les Eighmey, City of Tampa
1988-1989:  John Davis, City of Tallahassee
1987-1988:  Frank "Cheech" DeCelles, City of Plantation


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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 Yarbrough
Dale Crosby
Russell Ketchem
Althea Parrish

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The APWA Florida Chapter Bylaws Committee (Bylaws Committee) maintains the official text of the bylaws for the Florida Chapter of the APWA (FL Chapter), the Scholarship Trust of the FL Chapter, and the eleven branches of the FL Chapter. The Bylaws Committee conducts periodic reviews of the bylaws for currency, studies problems concerning the bylaws, interprets bylaws questions, drafts proposed bylaws amendments, and proposes solutions to bylaws related problems as requested by APWA National, FL Chapter Executive Committee, FL Chapter President, FL Chapter membership, or as performed on its own initiative. The Bylaws Committee serves as a liaison for presenting proposed bylaws amendments for the necessary approvals at both the Chapter and National levels.
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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.

Or click here for information about the APWA National Awards program.

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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:



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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

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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 mike@melbournetillman.org

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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