Thousands Attend Newly Rebranded PWX Conference

The PWX 2016 conference provided new inclusive learning experiences for thousands of public works professionals.

📅   Fri September 23, 2016 - Midwest Edition #20


J-Craft, Lake Crystal, Minn., Territory Manager Shane Bretzman (L) and Territory Manger Brandon Oachs with a City of Rosmount, Minn., Freightliner plow truck featuring a 10.5 ft J-Craft Body, Force America Hydraulics and a Henke plow system.
J-Craft, Lake Crystal, Minn., Territory Manager Shane Bretzman (L) and Territory Manger Brandon Oachs with a City of Rosmount, Minn., Freightliner plow truck featuring a 10.5 ft J-Craft Body, Force America Hydraulics and a Henke plow system.
J-Craft, Lake Crystal, Minn., Territory Manager Shane Bretzman (L) and Territory Manger Brandon Oachs with a City of Rosmount, Minn., Freightliner plow truck featuring a 10.5 ft J-Craft Body, Force America Hydraulics and a Henke plow system. Steve Koep, owner of True North Attachments and TNA Snow Products, Fargo, N.D., talks about this Norman N120-36Z triad snow blower and his popular skid steer snow tires. David Sharp, general manager of Flip Screen LLC, North America and Canada, stands with the company’s EX130 attachment. Douglas Clark, product manager, Douglas Dynamics, talks to guests about the features of this UTV V-Plow with Western UTV Tornado 11-ft. (3.3 m) hopper.
 Mel Peterson (L), director of marketing, and Brad Block, regional sales manager, both of Diamond Mowers, answer questions about this Diamond FB5-060 skid steer and  forestry head. Jason Benzel, Yuba City, Calif., public works maintenance manager, looks at this Volvo CCR58D compact excavator. (L-R): Aaron Barla, sales representative; Bryan Burke, CEO, and Kurt Schwartz, territory manager, all of KM International with their KM 8000 TED. Schwartz said this was a great show, lots of great information was provided and there was both national and local attendance. Kevin Usher (L), sales specialist, Tri-State Bobcat, Little Canada, Minn., and Cary Redwig, Bobcat product specialist, West Fargo, N.D., discuss this Bobcat E26 excavator. (L-R): Bryce Davis, Leeboy general manager; Doug Thompson, Leeboy Midwest territory manager; and Bryan Hall, Leeboy regional territory manager, stand with a Rosco CSV-816. The Felling Trailers Sauk Centre, Minn., team was represented at the show, including Ed Steinemann, national account manager;  Rebecca Gerads, marketing coordinator; and Dan “Boone” Larson, Midwest regional sales manager. Spencer Nicol (L), Hino Trucks senior manager, and Carlos Fernandez, municipal sales representative, Allstate Peterbilt, St. Paul, Minn., share a laugh and talk about this Hino 2508ALP.

After more than 120 years, the American Public Works Association's (APWA) has rebranded the annual conference as the PWX, or Public Works Expo, replacing the former conference, known as the International Public Works Congress & Exposition. The PWX 2016 conference, which was held Aug. 27 to 31 in Minneapolis, provided new inclusive learning experiences for thousands of public works professionals. Displays included innovations and technologies, and there were new networking opportunities as part of the new learning experience for all generations and all levels of public works professionals.

“APWA's PWX will provide new learning concepts to prepare attendees for the future in their communities,” said Ron Calkins, APWA President, of Ventura, Calif., before the event.

“Some of the new sessions include the 'Lightning Rounds,' which are fast-paced, concise presentations on the hottest topics; 'Innovation Station,' an all new multi-purpose common area at PWX located in The Hub near registration in the Public Works Exchange; and 'Tech Time,' informal sessions to catch up attendees on new tools and resources that are more productive in the workplace.”

The Fleet Workshop also was new and included challenges and solutions for public fleet managers, and included the Monday general sessions with Jeff Havens, two hours on the exhibit floor and presentations and discussions.

In addition, the “APWA Connect Live!” provided attendees with an environment to meet public works experts and network with peers.

“The PWX expanded technology will include wifi throughout the convention center to stay connected, and an event app that includes new features to connect with colleagues and enhance the overall experience,” Calkins said before the event. “Another new option is live streaming for those participants who cannot travel to the event. It will include one education experience during each concurrent timeslot, and can be downloaded to your desk in live stream sessions for only $249. Also, don't forget there is over 90,000 square feet of exhibit space.”