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Snow Conference set in Columbus, April 14-16

Make plans to attend the premiere snow and ice removal summit in North America on April 27-30 in Quebec City, Quebec, when the American Public Works Association (APWA) presents its 43rd Annual North American Snow Conference. The conference will be held at the Quebec Convention Centre, and will bring together more than 1,000 participants to learn about the latest innovations, successful practices and strategies in winter operations and snowfighting techniques. The conference will be hosted by APWA's Quebec Chapter.

Martin J. Manning to take the helm of APWA

Martin J. Manning, director of public works for Clark County, Nevada, will become the new president of APWA at the association's International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 22-25. Manning will lead the 26,000-member organization, which provides education services and supports increased investment in our nation's public works and infrastructure systems.

Manning has worked in the public sector for 37 years, beginning in 1965 as a Civil Engineer I with the City and County of Denver, Colo. After attending graduate school, he became the assistant director of public works for the City of El Paso, Texas. In the early 1970s he worked at APWA's headquarters in Chicago as the director of research. From there, he went to the City of Houston, Texas, and served as the deputy director of public works for the water, wastewater and gas operation. He served in that capacity for 10 years until moving to Clark County in 1985.

Manning completed his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois, earning a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He also has a master of public works degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Member Services Hotline provides member benefit

For a number of years, APWA members have been able to call a toll-free number (1-800-848-APWA) at our headquarters offices in Kansas City to contact the Member Relations Department only. Now, members can call the same number to reach anyone on APWA staff in Kansas City.

“This is definitely an expanded benefit for our members,” says Lee Hawkins, director of Member Relations. “It's a way of providing members with easier access to staff, and improves our ability to transact business as efficiently as possible.”

This “Member Services Hotline” number will ring to the switchboard, the hours for which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST (the switchboard is also open over the lunch hour). After hours, the caller will be able to leave a message for a specific staff person, a department, or in the general voice mailbox.

Patty Mahan, Membership Marketing and Development manager, points out that the 800 number is not just for members. “Non-members who need to contact APWA can use the hotline number also,” she says. “We have non-members who attend workshops, register for ‘Click, Listen and Learns,’ and purchase publications. This change allows us to serve all groups.”

According to Hawkins, the toll-free number provides great value to APWA members. “Quick access to APWA headquarters, from wherever a member may be, without having to deal with a long distance number,” he says. “It's a great benefit.”

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