Public Works Leaders to Meet in Atlanta on Sept. 12-15

The most comprehensive assemblage of public works officials, educational workshops and exhibits in all of North America will take place at the American Public Works Association's upcoming International Public Works Congress and Exposition on Sept. 12-15 in Atlanta, Ga. APWA expects more than 5,000 public works professionals to attend this year's Congress. More than 450 companies are set to participate, and will be occupying more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The APWA Congress will feature the equipment, services, methods and technologies in the field of public works. Attendees will have access to the latest thinking and best management practices in the public works world today. More than 200 field experts, faculty members and consultants will share their knowledge and vision in a multitude of educational, technical and personal development sessions.

Featured speakers at the opening general session include Dr. Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan. Singleman, joint holder of the world BASE-jump record, is an internationally-acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose expeditions include ballooning over Mt. Everest and climbing Mt. Minto in Antarctica. His wife, Heather Swan, developed the physical skill and fitness to become an accomplished BASE jumper and mountaineer. Together, they will talk about how their adventures are relevant to any business or personal challenge we face, including issues of teamwork and leadership, overcoming personal boundaries and maintaining communication through the toughest challenges.

Also speaking at the general sessions are Tom Morris of the Morris Institute for Human Values, author of 15 books including Philosophy for Dummies and The Adventure of Your Life; Craig Zablocki, president, Positively Humor, who will discuss how the skillful use of “humor tools” in the workplace can increase productivity, motivation and learning; and Dave Gardner, one-half of The Motley Fool, an international multimedia company that reaches millions each month as it plays host to a celebrated community of individuals dedicated to helping each other make better financial decisions and improve their overall quality of life.

APWA's Georgia Chapter will welcome attendees to Atlanta with a “Party in the Park.” Attendees will experience that famous Southern Hospitality at this year's Get Acquainted Party, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, in Centennial Olympic Park. Just a short walk from the Georgia World Congress Center, the world-famous Centennial Olympic Park is an ideal location for this year's Get Acquainted Party. The festivities will conclude with a special show featuring the Fountain of Rings, the world's largest interactive fountain, shooting water into the air in a program choreographed to music.

The Capitol Steps, the only group in America that attempts to be funnier than the U.S. Congress, will perform at the Congress Banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The New York Times, commenting on their bipartisan satire, says you'll get “Laughs to the Left, Laughs to the Right.” Drawing on Top 40 favorites, golden oldies and show tunes, they parody everyone from world leaders to corporate plunderers, environmental activists and pop stars.

APWA is pleased to announce the activities for the fifth annual Proud to Care Program — a tradition of giving that was launched during the 2000 APWA Congress in Louisville, Ken., to support the communities that host our annual Congress. This year we will be donating all the leftover food from our Congress events to a local charitable organization in Atlanta.

The conveniently located Georgia World Congress Center will be the site of all the educational sessions and the exhibit program. APWA's Georgia Chapter and its host committee have been actively involved in preparing the annual conference. For an information packet, contact APWA at (800) 848-APWA, or go to and click on the “2004 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition” icon.

The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 27,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and also staffs an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, please call (800) 848-APWA.


  • September 12 - 15, 2004
    Atlanta, Ga.
  • September 11 - 14, 2005
    Minneapolis, Minn.
  • September 10 - 13, 2006
    New Orleans, La.
  • September 9 - 12, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
  • September 14 - 17, 2008
    Indianapolis, Ind.
  • September 13 - 16, 2009
    Columbus, Ohio


The host cities have been chosen for upcoming APWA North American Snow Conferences:

  • April 17 - 20, 2005
    Kansas City, Mo.
  • April 30 - May 3, 2006
    Peoria, Ill.

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