West Coast Branch - District VI

The West Coast Branch (WCB) was the first Branch to be established Florida.  The WCB covers seven counties (Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk & Sumter), and has the largest membership in the state with current numbers just under 300. The branch begain in 1984 with only $400.00 in the treasury. The Executive Board would conserve the Branch resources by holding its quarterly board meetings at the home of one of it’s board members. Now, the Branch executes a budget of almost $10,000 annually, with funds going to events, education, scholarships, and more.

Newsletter: The WCB has had a newsletter for about 10 years, published quarterly just prior to the Chapter’s Executive Boards meetings. This is a full color information publication that is posted on the Chapter web site. The branch also uses email “blasts” on special events to keep members informed of current happenings.

Education: The WCB has held Technical sessions which have included the following topics: pavement management, maintenance of traffic, soil erosion control, ADA guidelines, management and leadership training, trip hazard remediation, RCC hurricane proof buildings and more. The branch has averaged one session a quarter but as many as once a month, depending on training available. The Branch also provides technical tours. Tours have included the Hillsborough County Jail, Underground Disney World and Infrastructure, the Florida Aquarium, the Bill Young Reservoir, MacDill Air Force Base Facilities, Tropicana Field, Hardee Pipe Manufacturing Plant, Howard Curren Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant, Asphalt Emulsion Plants, and much much more.

Trade Shows: West Coast Branch has hosted five Chapter Annual Meetings and Trade Shows beginning in 1983, 1994, 1998, 2005, and 2012. These shows are now held in the Tampa Convention Center in downtown and continue to draw a great amount of professionals and exhibitors.

Academies: With a strong focus on education a WCB APWA committee put together the foundation of the first APWA Academy in Pinellas County (PTEC) in 1978. Thirty-one years of success stories have graduated from the academy. This academy still exists to this day and supports the WCB through funding and personnel.

Scholarships and Financial Aide: The West Coast Branch has consistently given scholarship money to worthy students that are planning a career in the Public Works Arena. Students at the local APWA academies have had their tuition paid for as well, based on financial need. There is no set amount that is given out annually but rather the scholarships are awarded based on available dollars in the Fund. The Executive Board maintains a strong fiduciary responsibility with regard to the branch’s resources. In the 1980’s the scholarships were $350.00. Most recently we have had the good fortune to award scholarships of $1,000.00. In 2013, five scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded. The Scholarship Program has taken on the name of the “Ed Burkett Scholarship Program”. Mr. Ed Burkett has been teaching at the Hillsborough County Public Works Academy for its entirity of almost 20 years.

Branch Business: The Branch meets bi-monthly. However, primary business is performed by the Executive Committee. These individuals are selected by the Branch at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. The monthly meetings travel around the various counties of the Branch and occur on the second Wednesday on odd-numbered months. The meeting in March serves as the Awards Banquet.

Branch Annual Fundraiser: The scholarship fund is supported by profit from the Annual Golf Tournament. The Cleveland Heights Golf and Tennis Club hosted the tournament for twenty plus years. Lately, the Tournament has been held at Heritage Harbor Golf Club in Lutz, Florida.

Equipment Rodeo: Each year, the Branch hosts an equipment rodeo and invites front-line personnel from all of the communities within it's District. This event has been held at England Bros. Park in Pinellas Park, Florida and draws a participation of roughly 70-80 each year.

For more information on the West Coast Branch, feel free to contact the executive committee at apwa.wcb.florida@gmail.com!

    Total Member : 6
  • Mr. Shane J. LeBlanc
  • Mr. Raymond D. Boler
  • Ms. Wei Liu
  • Ms. Brandi M. Allegood
  • Mr. Robert C. Nowak
  • Mr. Perry M. Lopez
West Coast Branch Newsletter - Spring 2013-1.pdf West Coast Branch Newsletter - Spring 2013-1.pdf
West Coast Branch 2013 Awards.pdf West Coast Branch 2013 Awards.pdf
West Coast Branch Fall 2011 Newsletter(1).pdf West Coast Branch Fall 2011 Newsletter(1).pdf
West Coast Branch April 2010 Enews.pdf West Coast Branch April 2010 Enews.pdf
West Coast Branch Feb 2011 e-News.pdf West Coast Branch Feb 2011 e-News.pdf
West Coast Branch Tech Session November 2010.pdf West Coast Branch Tech Session November 2010.pdf
WCB Meeting Minutes 110911(1).pdf WCB Meeting Minutes 110911(1).pdf
APWA West Coast Newsletter - Fall 2012(1).pdf APWA West Coast Newsletter - Fall 2012(1).pdf
WCB enews-nov11(1).pdf WCB enews-nov11(1).pdf
WCB enews - Jan 2012.pdf WCB enews - Jan 2012.pdf
APWA West Coast Newsletter - Winter 2011-12 Edition(4).pdf APWA West Coast Newsletter - Winter 2011-12 Edition(4).pdf
West Coast Branch Scholarship Application 2013.pdf West Coast Branch Scholarship Application 2013.pdf
West Coast Branch 101310 Exec Comm Mtg Minutes(1).pdf West Coast Branch 101310 Exec Comm Mtg Minutes(1).pdf
West Coast Branch Meeting Minutes 041311.docx West Coast Branch Meeting Minutes 041311.docx
WCB enews-aug11(1).pdf WCB enews-aug11(1).pdf
West Coast Branch 071410 Mtg Minutes.pdf West Coast Branch 071410 Mtg Minutes.pdf
WCB enews - Feb 2012.pdf WCB enews - Feb 2012.pdf
West Coast Branch May 2010 e-News.pdf West Coast Branch May 2010 e-News.pdf
West Coast Br Meeting Minutes 020211.pdf West Coast Br Meeting Minutes 020211.pdf
West Coast Branch Aug 2010 e-News.pdf West Coast Branch Aug 2010 e-News.pdf
Suncoast- West Coast Branch 032812 Meeting Minutes.doc Suncoast- West Coast Branch 032812 Meeting Minutes.doc
West Coast Branch Meeting Minutes  032111(1).pdf West Coast Branch Meeting Minutes 032111(1).pdf
West Coast Branch enews Feb 2010(1).pdf West Coast Branch enews Feb 2010(1).pdf
West Coast Branch May 2011 ENews(1).pdf West Coast Branch May 2011 ENews(1).pdf
West Coast Branch 060910 Mtg Minutes.pdf West Coast Branch 060910 Mtg Minutes.pdf
West Coast Branch e-News July 2011.pdf West Coast Branch e-News July 2011.pdf
WCB enews-sept11(1).pdf WCB enews-sept11(1).pdf
West Coast Branch Newsletter - Spring 2012.pdf West Coast Branch Newsletter - Spring 2012.pdf
West Coast Branch Executive Committee Meeting Minutes 091411.pdf West Coast Branch Executive Committee Meeting Minutes 091411.pdf
WCB enews_oct11(1).pdf WCB enews_oct11(1).pdf
West Coast Branch 051210 Mtg Minutes.pdf West Coast Branch 051210 Mtg Minutes.pdf
West Coast Branch Jan 2011 e-News(1).pdf West Coast Branch Jan 2011 e-News(1).pdf
West Coast Branch enews April 2011(1).pdf West Coast Branch enews April 2011(1).pdf
West Coast Br Enews-Mar 2011(1).pdf West Coast Br Enews-Mar 2011(1).pdf
WCB enews - March 12.pdf WCB enews - March 12.pdf
West Coast Branch Meeting Minutes 051911(1).docx West Coast Branch Meeting Minutes 051911(1).docx
West Coast Branch 2013 Awards.pdf West Coast Branch 2013 Awards.pdf
West Coast Branch Newsletter - Summer 2012(2).pdf West Coast Branch Newsletter - Summer 2012(2).pdf
APWA West Coast Newsletter - Winter 2011-12 Edition(1).pdf APWA West Coast Newsletter - Winter 2011-12 Edition(1).pdf
West Coast Branch Executive Committee Meeting Minutes 071311.pdf West Coast Branch Executive Committee Meeting Minutes 071311.pdf
West Coast Branch Spring 2011 Newsletter.pdf West Coast Branch Spring 2011 Newsletter.pdf
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